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Saturday, July 23, 2016

First Convention signs!

First Convention signs!

Convention center signs first convention

Convention Center contract signingThe City of Wilmington, along with the Wilmington Convention Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau, signed a multi-year contract with the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association, Inc. (NCHEA) to host four of their upcoming events. The signed contract is the first one for the Wilmington Convention Center which is scheduled to be open this fall.

The group had previously held coastal meetings out-of-state because the North Carolina coast did not have a facility large enough to host their events.

According to conservative estimates, NCHEA’s first 4-day meeting in Spring 2011 will create a total economic impact of $278,000. The NCHEA has also made a commitment to hold three larger annual conferences at the Wilmington Convention Center in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Based on estimated attendance figures and room nights provided by the event organizers, the four events will create a total economic impact of over $2.5 million.

Seven other events have verbally committed to holding their events at the Wilmington Convention Center and should be signing contracts soon. There are also another 21 events considering the Wilmington Convention Center as their venue.

The grand opening of the City of Wilmington’s 107,000 square-foot state-of-the-art, riverfront Wilmington Convention Center is scheduled for fall 2010. Green design and construction elements, including sand filtration systems, are being implemented in order to qualify for LEED certification.

For more details about the Wilmington Convention Center, contact General Manager Susan Eaton at 910-251-5101, via email, or visit

Visit the city's Convention Center page.

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