Meetings, Conventions & Sports Mean Business to Buffalo Niagara.
Meetings, conventions and amateur sports events are a vital part of the local economy. They create jobs. Sustain local businesses. Generate tax revenue that helps pay for public services. And help reduce the tax burden on Erie County residents. But these out-of-town groups and the dollars they spend don’t just show up on our doorstep. They need to be invited, wooed and won. Which is why Visit Buffalo Niagara has launched the Bring it Home initiative. If you belong to an organization that hosts conferences, tournaments or other annual gatherings, let us know, and we’ll work with you to bring it home!
To help us bring it home, contact Mike Even, VP of Sales at (716) 218-2927, or complete this form. The Visit Buffalo Niagara sales team will then work with your group to site its next event in Buffalo.
We’re the meetings and special events professionals and we’re here to help. Our services are free of charge and we’re ready to make the calls, establish the contacts and take care of all the details that mean new business for Buffalo.
WE’LL PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
As meeting and event professionals and community experts, we will check hotel and venue availability, distributing your specifications to reliable suppliers around Buffalo Niagara. We will facilitate the requested meeting space, hotel accommodations and off-site venue bid for you, saving you time and effort.
WE’LL PROMOTE ATTENDANCE
Once Buffalo is selected, we’ll assist you in promoting Buffalo to your colleagues by providing promotional brochures, maps, destination videos, online tools, as well as local assistance.
SERVICE IS KEY
As your meeting approaches, one of our professional Convention and Event Services Managers will assist you in the planning phase of your programming. Whether you are looking for an off-site venue for 2,000, volunteers to help out or temporary staffing for registration, we are here to help you with the details.
“Our region is alive with excitement from the waterfront to the medical corridor, complimented by our rich history. As ambassadors we should all now be asking, ‘why not Buffalo?’ You never know what might happen.”
Daniel J. Neaverth Jr., National Homeland Security Conference
“Being a border community, the Buffalo Niagara region is a great place for homeland security experts and colleagues from around the country to come and learn what we do here. This is also a great opportunity to showcase all the growth the region has had in the last 10 years.”
Jonathan Schultz, National Homeland Security Conference
“I consider Visit Buffalo Niagara an integral team member, from having our committee meetings at their offices to managing the site visit of our conference planner, to evaluating hotels, exhibit and trade venues, party locations and transportation.”
Barbara Campagna, The Association for Preservation Technology, International
“You probably know your industry’s conference style. And you probably remember what made one convention great and another one just… not memorable. Well, you just tell VBN the specs and they flesh it out. They know the hospitality biz—the hotels and convention spots and our strongest tour and entertainment offerings. It’s like a theater production: you and your members provide the play. VBN figures out the sets, the sound, the lighting and even the budget!”
Sally Cunningham, Garden Writer’s Association
“It just made all the sense in the world: great venues and low costs. It’s great to be able to bring that type of economic activity to a town I dearly love.”
William Vanecek, American Association of Airport Executives
“Having guests see what I know first hand – the people, the art, the theatre, the energy of Buffalo –
is the clincher. On every street corner, there is something new. Our Board Members have been wowed.”
Kimberly Kociencki, SPLiCE Licensors
“It gives you great pleasure to be able to show off that Buffalo is doing something and making progress. The development of Canalside, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and HarborCenter is a magnet to drawing additional people to the convention.”
Jim Bojanowski, American Legion State of New York
“We’re getting to the point where Amherst is being recognized as a center of excellence for youth hockey. When you go places and tell them you’re from Amherst, NY, they know where you are. When you see businesses succeed from the tournaments brought in, that’s good for everybody. When you go on a Tuesday night and see restaurants packed with the kids that you brought to town through these tournaments, that’s a pretty good feeling.”
Bob Schell, USA Hockey