“September and October are traditionally the busiest times for meetings across the country; however, November and December can be soft,” said Rachel Benedick, vice president conventions of VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have a great lineup this fall, which is the result of work over the last 7-10 years.” 


Equally important to Benedick and VISIT DENVER will be re-booking some of these groups.  Five of them are meeting in Denver for the first time; four of them are considering re-booking Denver in the next 2-7 years.


“Since many of these groups have never met here before, it’s important that we extend to them the same type of hospitality and welcome that Denver gave successfully to the Democratic National Convention,” Benedick said.  To that end, the Bureau held awareness meetings with hoteliers and restaurateurs, revamped the Go the EXTRA Mile hospitality training program, is set to host a “Taxi Cab Appreciation Day” in October with a new video by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and is coordinating a major street and store welcome signage program for each of the groups.


This has been a good year for Denver and 2011 looks positive for conventions as well, explained Rachel, but there continues to be intense competition for its business. Cities such as Phoenix, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and San Diego are undergoing expansions of their centers and many cities are adding new hotels as well.  “Because of the number of cities vying for the lucrative convention market, we want to show them Denver is a great convention destination and that we appreciate them selecting our city,” Benedick said.



The nine citywide conventions are:

·         American Academy of Family Physicians, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 11,000 attending, $23.9 million economic impact

·         Financial Planning Association, Oct. 9-12, 2,500 attending, $7.97 million impact

·         Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Oct.17-22, 8,000 attending, $16 million impact

·         American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Oct. 23-27, 6,000 attending, $12 million impact

·         Geological Society of America, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 6,500 attending, $12,9438,000 impact

·         American Public Health Association, Nov. 6-10, 11,500 attending, $22.9 million impact

·         National Council for the Social Studies, Nov. 12-14, 3,600 attending, $7.2 million impact

·         American Society of Nephrology, Nov. 16-21, 13,000 attending, $25.9 million impact

·         National League of Cities, Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 4,000 attending, $7,968,000 impact


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About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes.  Tourism is the second-largest industry in Denver, generating $2.8 billion in annual spending in 2009, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official website at VISITDENVER.com.    

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