by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2006


What favorite destination
has your meeting outgrown?

“We liked Seattle, but while they did add on to their convention center, it’s mostly exhibit space, and it’s meeting rooms we need. They just don’t have enough. We’re now able to go back to Boston next year [because of the new center]. Boston is a great draw for us.”
Cheryl Russell, CAE
Director of Convention and Meetings
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, Md.

“The Pebble Beach [Calif.] area. Oh, I wish there was something larger there. We’ve only had a small event there, but if they had something larger, I’d go back in a minute. Also parts of Southern California, like Laguna Niguel. They have the rooms, but not enough meeting space, unfortunately.”
Ruth Bennett, CMP
Conference Director
National Association of Home Builders
Washington, D.C.

“In 2002, we were in Charlotte, N.C., but we’ve significantly outgrown it. We were in Philadelphia in 2000, now we can’t squeeze in there. The AIA show is locked in through 2014, but we’ve had to revise our projections. We’ll be in San Antonio in 2007, but we won’t be able to go back.”
Christopher Gribbs, Assoc. AIA
Senior Director, Conventions
American Institute of Architects
Washington, D.C.