2012 Off to 'Strong' Start for Atlanta Meetings, CVB Says

For meetings in Atlanta, the first six months of 2012 brought "new bookings and strong attendance numbers," according to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). So far in 2012, it announced this week, it has booked 22 trade shows for future years, representing more than 380,000 room nights for the city.

"The first half of the year closed out strong with nearly all of our major meetings reaching or exceeding their attendance goals," said ACVB Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer Mark Vaughan.

The second half of 2012 looks equally promising. "We'll host two major citywides in November and December, which will enliven a season that's usually slow for the convention industry," Vaughan said. "Combined, the National Association for the Education of Young Children in November and the American Society of Hematology in December will bring more than 30,000 conventioneers to Atlanta."

The city expects the third quarter to be its strongest of the year thanks to events such as the AmericasMart July Gift & Home Furnishings Market (92,000 attendees) and Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show (55,000 attendees).