For exhibitors looking to take their work outside of the usual places, several destinations in the Northeast U.S. have state-of-the-art convention centers. Although the travelling might require a little more effort, moving a tradeshow to a different and unique convention center opens up the exhibiting process to a world of new possibilities.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
From its opening in 1993, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has contributed more than 50,000 jobs to the hospitality industry. The center, which is considered a “green” facility, has 69 individual meeting rooms and 61, 500 square feet of ballroom space.
The center also boasts 600, 200 square feet of exhibit hall space, with a theater that can hold 40 to 10,000 people.
Amenities include a private catering and cooking service as well as a FedEx Office located in the Center.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center also houses a 400-foot atrium that expands 110 feet into the sky. The atrium is home to a variety of plants and trees for guests and attendees to wander through during their visit.
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, located two miles from the Logan Airport in Boston, offers a list of amenities to the exhibitor as well as the attendee.
These amenities range from a coat check service to installed and refreshed water coolers in each meeting space.
The Center encompasses 516,000 square feet of exhibit space, which can be divided into 10 different room configurations. The building is also home to a 40, 020 square foot Grand ballroom that can be used for large group banquets, and over 160,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The facility is Wi-Fi enabled and allows for any AV or tech configuration.
Atlantic City Convention Center
Opened in 1997, the Atlantic City Convention Center holds over 500,000 square feet of open exhibit space. The Center holds 5 large exhibit halls, ranging in size from 30,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet. Each of these rooms can be contracted separately or can be joined to meet a show’s needs.
The Center also boasts 49 meeting rooms, each with its own unique theme. It also provides power supply, outlets and plumbing to exhibit booths.
“Going Green” has been a huge objective for the convention center. In June 2008, the Center installed the largest single roof solar panel in the United States. The 2.36 megawatt solar array was finished in December 2008.
Connecticut Convention Center
Among the most versatile facilities in the Northeast is the Connecticut Convention Center, located in Hartford, Conn. The Center, which overlooks the Connecticut River, holds 140,000 square feet of exhibit space, which is divisible into two separate halls. It is also home to one 40,000 square foot ballroom and 16 meeting and executive board rooms.
The Connecticut Convention Center also houses its own award-winning catering service, as well as rigging and its own event staffing.
However, as far as location and accessibility are concerned, the Center can be accessed from Hartford’s Star Shuttle, which is a free bus that operates throughout the city. Star Shuttle leaves the Connecticut Convention Center every 12 minutes and operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Center
Located in Providence, R.I., the Dunkin Donuts Center is home to many sporting events, concerts and tradeshows. The Center, which boasts 31,000 square feet of exhibit space, can be set up to accommodate virtually any event specifications.
The Dunkin Donuts Center has been around for over 38 years, providing services to a range of different events. It is managed by SMG World, which also manages the 137,000 square foot Rhode Island Convention Center.
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