by Rowland Stiteler | Aug 04, 2015
A standing-room-only crowd got an early taste of WEC 2016 that included Tony Award-winning music and a spikey-haired celebrity chef on Tuesday during the Atlantic City preview luncheon.
James Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC, kicked of the festivities by discussing the new, 125,000-square-foot convention center opening at Harrah’s in 2016, which he described as a state-of-the-art facility truly worthy of a WEC and offering a great environment for the conference.
“We know that choosing a destination for a WEC is not a decision taken lightly, and we want to assure you it was a good decision, and Atlantic City will deliver on your expectations for a productive and memorable conference,” Wood said.
Wood also recognized the New Jersey and Philadelphia MPI chapters for their efforts in attracting WEC 2016 to the area.
The real pitchman for Atlantic City, though, turned out to be celebrity chef and television personality Guy Fieri, who owns the Chop House restaurant at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Fieri’s home is in California, but he says he considers Atlantic City a second home.
“AC is a place where you will have fun for sure,” he told the group. “It has a history, it has an energy about it–it’s a place you are going to love.”
MPI Chair-Elect Fiona Pelham then took the stage, describing how much she is looking forward to her upcoming term and her plans to build on the slogan, “When we meet, we change the world.”
The final portion of the afternoon included a musical performance by the cast of Jersey Boys, a Tony Award-winning musical based on the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, which had some audience members dancing in the aisles.
Registration for WEC 2016, to be held June 11-14, 2016, is now open, with details available at http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/wec-2016.