Business First: N.F. conference center quite the draw

The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls set a mid-summer benchmark last month as it hosted five major conventions and attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

Combined, the five conferences or meetings saw more than 4,000 room nights booked and represented a $2.2 million impact on the Niagara Falls economy, both high water marks for July since the center opened in 2004.

Among the bookings:

• 19th Annual Ronald McNair Research Conference, which accounted for 639 room nights being booked.

• American Legion – New York Regional Convention, that booked 2,027 room nights.

• American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Conference, which used 444 room nights.

• National Association Of Scientific Materials Managers Conference that booked 821 room nights.

• Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation Annual Meeting , which accounted for 300 room nights being booked.

All helped Niagara Falls see a slight spike in hotel occupancy rates, which is running at a 57.1 percent for the entire year, up nearly 2 percent from 2012.

“Based on industry standards, we estimate that these five conferences have contributed a tremendous $2.275 million of economic impact to Niagara Falls,” said Global Spectrum’s Ryan Coate, Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls general manager.

Conferences booked for the fall season at Conference & Event Center include the New York State Library Association, the New York State Builders Association, and the Automobile Recyclers Association of New York.

Source:
Fink, J. ( 2013 August 14). N.F. conference center quite the draw. Business First. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/

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