Where can you meet 80’s metal rockers, get your picture taken with the Pink Ladies from Grease, visit every awesome destination from Fort Lauderdale to Virginia Beach, the Crystal Coast of NC to Harrah’s Cherokee, NC while making important contacts and growing your business at the same time… the AENC 32nd annual trade show that’s where!
Over 200 vendors gathered on Thursday, December 12th to network with meeting planners and show them the best of their services. Meeting planners got a chance to win over 11 great prizes such as a two-night stay at the Sea Trail Resort , an iPad2 or a Marilyn Monroe framed print, all donated by the generous show vendors.
The vendors outdid themselves this year as far as decor and food, but only three could win the best booth prizes. Congratulations to the following winners:
- Best Booth Professionally Decorated: Durham County CVB
- Best Booth Individually Decorated: Craven County/New Bern CVB
- Best Food: Greater Raleigh CVB & Partners
For the past 15 years, AENC has been working with the Methodist Home for Children to raise funds and collect toys for the children in their program. This year, 100 toys were donated thanks to the generosity of everyone who participated. AENC and Tournament Promotions held a silent auction that also raised funds for the MHFC.
The Asheville vendors teamed up together this year and donated $1000 to the Methodist Home for Children in the name of all the meeting planners that visited their booths. This will care for one child for an entire year! Way to go Team Asheville.
With all the exciting things that happened at the trade show this year, I’m already looking forward to 2014!
To see the pictures from the Trade Show, CLICK HERE.
JM Marketing & Events