It’s no surprise that events, both large or small, can have a major impact to the direct area of a convention center and its city. Attendees stay in hotels, dine out, go shopping. It is, however, easy to forget the magnitude of this impact to additional businesses and services within the hospitality community.
In 2019, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) helped sustain over 8,000 hospitality jobs in the city. Those jobs were supported in part by the 348 events at the MCC drawing nearly 864,000 attendees. In addition to hotels and restaurants, hospitality businesses include transportation, florists, AV/Lighting services, photographers, airports, entertainers such as Rem5 or Top Golf, museums, theaters, bike tours, etc.
This effort is nothing short than teamwork at its best. We all work together as an industry to host attendees and make Minneapolis unforgettable. This impact can have lasting results past its initial fiscal rewards, too. When attendees experience a city like ours, they want to return – whether that’s to vacation with friends and family, continue hosting their business events, or even become residents themselves.
COVID-19 has been both humbling and devastating for the entire industry. We feel and see the impact throughout our entire community. Our entire executive team has worked endlessly to monitor not only the pandemic itself but the actions being taken within the industry as well as scientifically and politically. This has allowed us to continue making the best decisions for the safety of our staff and guests. We take great responsibility knowing how much of a leader we are within our industry and community, and we will continue moving down the path of a safe recovery.