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Eight new convention bookings could pump $32 million into KC economy

Visit KC says the new streetcars helped land eight big new conventions in Kansas City in 2017 and beyond.
Visit KC says the new streetcars helped land eight big new conventions in Kansas City in 2017 and beyond. tljungblad@kcstar.com

Kansas City’s central location, its new downtown streetcars, plus dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment options helped land eight major new conventions, Visit KC said Tuesday.

The bookings, scheduled for 2017 and beyond — as far ahead as 2022 — are expected to pump $32 million into the area’s economy based on attendance, hotel nights and other expenditures.

The conventions, their expected attendance, meeting dates and estimated economic impact included in the announcement:

Scentsy Inc., direct sales company of fragrances, 7,000 attendees; July 2017, $6.6 million.

USA Weightlifting, Junior National Championship, 1,000; Feb. 23-26, 2017, $587,000.

Privilege Institute, peace and fairness advocacy organization, 1,800; April 27-30, 2017, $1.4 million.

Life Leadership, multilevel marketing company, 10,000; April 2017, $1.5 million.

Enactus, student entrepreneurship organization, 13,500; 2017, 2018 and 2019, $9.3 million.

United Methodist Church, youth ministries conference, 5,000; July 1-14, 2019, $5 million.

Watt Global Media, PetFood Forum convention, 5,000; 2019 and 2020, $4.7 million.

ACPA College Students Educators International, programs for higher education community, 3,000; 2022, $2.8 million.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford

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