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First -
THe Film commission is a state wide organization. The film industry only employs 600 locally and abut 2000 state wide. Perhaps their attendance did not justify the use of such a large facility.
Second they can cut down on the size of the rooms but did you see the food pricing? Crickets that's high. I would bet that for smaller functions with meals the Coastline and the HIlton both undercut the CC's prices. So it's a matter of efficiently using your available dollars to get more bang for your buck.
Hilton? Room, free parking, free continental breakfast? Catering available for events.
CC? Paid parking available, all meals and snacks catered and costly separate hotel accomodations nearby.
The CC can't satisfy all groups for may reasons
The Hilton and CLCV can't satisfy large groups due to space only.

In fairness not getting a specific meeting does not mean the CC isn't capable of handling it, they just didn't get it this year.
Forget the Wilmington is a destination place argument. If you're an event planner and you're comparing the CC to the Hilton the Hilton wins hands down on every category - but the biggest one is price.
Too many facilities competing for fewer meetings......



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