Convention to Bring More Than 7,500 Attendees and Generate an Estimated $10.6 Million in Economic Impact
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 26, 2013) – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has announced that Charlotte will host Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in 2017. A significant convention for the City of Charlotte, approximately 7,500 attendees are expected with 14,000 room nights contracted. FRI is estimated to generate $10.6 million in economic impact with nearly $5.5 million in direct spending.*
“This group perfectly illustrates that when we join forces with our local stakeholders, in this case the Charlotte Fire Department, we can accomplish incredible things,” says CRVA CEO Tom Murray. “Chief Hannon and the Charlotte Fire Department team were instrumental in ensuring we could tap the proper resources, planning assistance and equipment preparation for this group and we did.”
Site selection for IAFC’s largest professional development and leadership conference is an extended process that takes into consideration a variety of factors that contribute to a successful program for FRI’s more than 12,000 participants. Charlotte joins a list of cities newly announced to host in the coming years including San Antonio (2016), Salt Lake City (2018), Atlanta (2019) and Phoenix (2020).
“These cities represent the perfect balance of what FRI attendees look for,” said Mark Light, IAFC CEO and executive director. “Large and vibrant cities, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a wide range of local amenities, and a variety of local activities and attractions…all at an affordable price.”
A team of IAFC members and partners have spent the last year assessing proposals from cities around the U.S. looking at multiple factors including facility size, local amenities, transportation options, weather patterns and affordability. Long-term planning is a common practice in the conference planning and association management community, particularly with events the size and scope of Fire-Rescue International.
* Economic impact generated via the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Event Impact Calculator.
About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to ensure the visitors and events that choose Charlotte have a positive experience. Responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities, which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA’s mission seeks to leverage its hospitality marketing and management expertise to maximize the impact of the Charlotte region’s economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the community.