AVMA convention city rotation set

Published on December 15, 2008
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Beginning in 2015, the AVMA will institute a five-city convention site rotation, effective through 2024. The Executive Board approved this recommendation from the Convention Management and Program Committee.

Historically, the AVMA has rotated through three geographic zones when selecting convention sites. Survey results from convention attendees and nonattendees, however, reveal a strong link between attendance and a city's appeal as a tourist destination. That along with the logistic benefits and cost-saving opportunities of meeting in a consistent rotation of cities led to the decision.

The board, therefore, approved the concept of five zones—western, mountain, central, southern, and eastern. Viable cities within those zones have been identified and the selections will be made this April at the Executive Board meeting.

Meanwhile, Denver has been chosen as the site of the 2014 AVMA Annual Convention, the winning bidder among six western U.S. cities vying to be the destination. The board approved the CMPC recommendation to select The Mile High City. The House Advisory Committee had supported the Denver recommendation.

As host of the 2003 AVMA convention, Denver set the current record for attendance by veterinarians. Attendee survey results rated the city as a popular and enjoyable convention destination. The Colorado Convention Center has been expanded since then, and the new Hyatt Regency Denver will be the AVMA headquarters hotel.