6:05 am March 25, 2010, by Henry Unger
There’s been some good news lately for Atlanta’s hotel and convention business, according to AJC reporter Leon Stafford.
While health care spending is the subject of continuing rancor in Washington, Stafford writes, Atlanta’s hospitality community has had one word for it: ka-ching!
Beginning Thursday, the city will host its third consecutive medical convention this month when Hinman Dental Society opens its annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center, Stafford reports.
For the metro area’s $11 billion hospitality community, Hinman and earlier March conventions for the American College of Cardiology and HIMMS [Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society] have been big business. The economic impact is pegged at $84.4 million, with 73,000 people expected to attend the three meetings.
Medical conventions are among the most sought after segments in the meetings market, said William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Unlike other groups on a budget, the medical community spends money on top restaurants, swank hotel rooms and expensive gifts purchased at Phipps Plaza.
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