CLEVELAND -- The new Convention Center has landed three more major conferences.
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) has agreed to hold its annual statewide conferences at the facility in 2015, 2017, and 2019. That brings the number of conventions booked at the Medical Mart and Convention Center to 42. It is scheduled to open July 1, 2013.
OMEA is the third largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). OMEA hosted 2,900 registered music educators and a total attendance of more than 9,000 at its 2012 annual conference, ranking it as one of the nation's largest state conferences.
"This three-year commitment with OMEA once again signifies that Cleveland is back on the map as a convention destination, within the state of Ohio, the Midwest, and across the nation," said Tony Prusak, Senior Director of Convention Sales, MMPI.
"We're delighted to welcome thousands of music educators from throughout the state of Ohio to our facility in the heart of a city and region with a rich and varied musical history."
It is estimated that attendees at the 2015, 2017, and 2019 three-day OMEA conferences will fill more than 2,575 hotel rooms in downtown Cleveland. Direct economic impact is expected to exceed $2.8 million.
"The Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio's largest music education professional development organization, is very pleased to return to Cleveland with our State Conference in 2015," said Patricia Meeks, OMEA president.
"We are very excited to schedule this event at the new Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center site in 2015 and anticipate record attendance of our membership."