Atlantic City’s convention industry got another bit of good news with the announcement that a major Japanese anime convention n will be held in the city for the next five years.
The three-day AnimeNEXT, the Japanese Animation and Culture Convention, will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center starting next June 10-12.
The convention is expected to attract more 15,000 attendees and generate an estimated $3 million in economic impact to Atlantic City.
“The move to Atlantic City will give us greater opportunities to continue to grow our event for years to come,” AnimeNEXT 2016 Chairman Eric Torgersen said in a press release. “We look forward to bringing Anime fans more new programming, great guests and additional space to enjoy our show.”
The 2015 convention was held last month at the Garden State Expo Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
Atlantic City has been making a major effort to attract more convention and business meetings to the city. The city had been drawing only about one percent of the convention business in the Northeast.