1. Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

    Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

    Conventions are good business for a city like Springfield. But they don’t exist in a vacuum. “We’ll ask if they have time for things outside their program,” said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB). “Are they bringing spouses? Will they have time, either pre-event or post-event, to go to Yankee Candle, or Six Flags, or the Seuss museum?” “That’s part of their convention experience as well,” added Alicia Szenda, the GSVCB’s director of Sales. “They might be at the MassMutual Center for three or four days, but they might do ...

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    1. We'll ask if they have time for things outside their program.
    2. That's part of their convention experience as well.
    3. Our goal is always to expose them to more of what we have to offer.
    4. We're hoping that becomes annual as well.
    5. We're Western Mass. — we don't have the cachet of a first-tier city, like Boston or Chicago.
    6. I go to these trade shows, and all they want to know is what's new.
    7. Anyone who lives here and belongs to a group or goes to an event they want to host, they should contact me.
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