On Tuesday, Visit Buffalo Niagara launched its new “Bring It Home” initiative, an appeal to Buffalonians with an affiliation to professional associations, religious organizations, hobby groups, sports and other competitive activities, special events and annual meetings. The goal is to encourage individuals to leverage their connections on behalf of bringing bring a convention, meeting or sporting event to the region. Meetings and events brought to Buffalo with the assistance of Visit Buffalo Niagara staff generated tens of millions of dollars for the local economy in 2014 and over 170,000 hotel room night bookings.
“As Erie County residents, we all have a role to play in the region’s resurgence,” County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “I challenge all county residents to work with Visit Buffalo Niagara to bring an annual event, meeting or conference they are involved with home to Buffalo. This will generate business for our hotels and restaurants throughout the year and spread the word about our resurgence across the country.”
“Civic energy is at an all-time high in Buffalo and Erie County, with residents truly energized by our waterfront redevelopment, revitalized neighborhoods and boom in new hotels, restaurants and craft breweries and distilleries,” VBN President and CEO Patrick Kaler said. “We want to harness that civic energy and further add to our economic renaissance by encouraging Buffalonians to ‘Bring it Home.’”
Visit Buffalo Niagara’s staff is ready to help residents “bring it home” every step of the way, from making the pitch to the organization to hosting site visits, coordinating meeting space and hotel accommodations and offering complimentary promotional assistance.
Tuesday’s Bring It Home Launch coincides with the beginning of the MedTech conference, a gathering of medical technology and bioscience professionals from across New York State in the new Marriott HarborCenter downtown. Patrick J. Whalen, chief operating officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, helped bring the MedTech conference home to Buffalo.
Whalen said changing the opinion his peers have of Buffalo motivates him to bring conferences here.
“It’s the reputational difference that excites me,” Whalen said. “If everybody did that in their own little industry, little by little you start to change the discussion about this place.”
More information can be found at http://bringithomebuffalo.com.
Visit Buffalo Niagara sells and markets our assets and attractions to visitors outside of the Buffalo Niagara region as a convention, tourism and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the community.