3 Affordable New England Cities for Meetings

By Matt Swenson, February 3, 2017

New England meetings events Portland Maine Providence Rhode Island Hartford Connecticut3. Portland, Maine

Maine’s largest metro area was in good company when it landed on Jetsetter’s coolest small towns list. The fresh lobster alone is worth allowing your attendees to enjoy a taste of the destination for a meeting, as the Potato Association of America did in 2015. The waterfront city known for landmark lighthouses has a natural beauty few can match. New boutique hotels like 250 Main and the newspaper-themed Press Hotel—part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection—will entice planners looking to splurge. Both debuted in 2016.

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Trade groups across all industries band together to address significant drop in international visitors to the United States since 2015.

James Jessie, senior vice President of convention sales at Travel Portland, discusses the evolution of the Northwest destination.

Visit Tampa Bay takes a grassroots approach to inspiring local teens to engage in hospitality and tourism by sponsoring an all-day youth academy.

A recent report from The Experience Institute confirms that conference attendees are acting more and more like vacationers.

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