MPI Chooses Atlantic City to Host 2016 World Education Congress

Atlantic City Beach

Atlantic City, NJ, has received a lot of bad news in recent years. Yesterday, however, the news it received was finally good: Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has chosen the city to host its 2016 World Education Congress (WEC).

MPI's signature annual event, the meeting originally was supposed to take place in Philadelphia. MPI changed its mind, however, due to last-minute changes in the space available for the conference. It will be MPI's first time not only in Atlantic City, but also in New Jersey.

"We look forward to hosting our World Education Congress in Atlantic City next year," MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer said in a statement. "When selecting venues for MPI events, we look for destinations that provide great infrastructure, world-class facilities, and memorable experiences. Having grown up spending my summers on the Jersey Shore, I am excited for the opportunity to showcase this unique and beautiful destination to our community."

WEC 2016 will take place June 11-14, 2016, and is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees. Its host will be Caesars Entertainment's new Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center, opening in August 2015 with 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Caesars Entertainment in hosting MPI's 2016 WEC. This is a strategic direction for Meet AC and for Atlantic City as we continue to diversify our mix of business," said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Atlantic City's destination marketing organization, Meet AC. "Showcasing Atlantic City to over 1,000 meeting planners and over 2,000 total attendees will definitely help us grow the meetings and conventions market."

Concluded Michael Massari, senior vice president of Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events, "We are extremely honored to welcome Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress to Atlantic City and the Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center next June. Cities all across North America vie for the chance each year to welcome WEC to their city, and MPI chose Atlantic City. This decision validates Atlantic City as a serious contender as a meetings destination for meeting planners across the country. Caesars Entertainment has a long and treasured partnership with MPI, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome MPI's members to Atlantic City and to Harrah's next summer."

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