Baltimore Celebrates Fall Meetings Blitz

During the months of October and November, Baltimore will host 63 groups and more than 73,000 meeting attendees, collectively utilizing more than 80,000 total room nights and spending $47.3 million, an 18 percent increase over the same two-month period last year, Visit Baltimore announced last week.

"While the economy is still affecting hotel rates, we are beginning to see a rebound in hotel occupancy and demand," Visit Baltimore President and CEO Tom Noonan said in a statement. "October and November are proving to be great months for convention business in Baltimore with 13 large conventions here in town, which affects not only our hotel occupancy but our restaurants and attractions, as well."

In October, Baltimore hosted 39 groups representing 39,071 attendees who spent approximately $28.5 million and utilized 51,555 hotel room nights. Among the largest groups meeting in Charm City last month were the American Association of Blood Banks, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, M/C Communications and Merchandise Mart.

This month, Baltimore will welcome 24 groups representing 33,252 attendees, 28,890 total room nights and $21.5 million in estimated direct spending. Groups utilizing the Baltimore Convention Center include the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Convention, the National Middle School Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the American Towman Exposition and North American Table Tennis.