WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It may still be months away from completion, but the Wilmington Convention Center has already booked its first event.
Friday, in an announcement at City Hall, the North Carolina Engineers Association signed a contract to hold three conventions in Wilmington beginning in 2014. The group will also have a small meeting here next spring. The Convention Center is on target to be completed late this fall. Wilmington beat out seven other areas for the NCEA's business, including Myrtle Beach.
"We're the North Carolina Health Care Engineers, and we wanted to bring our annual conference back to North Carolina, so that's one of the reasons. Then, we just like Wilmington. Wilmington is just a great city," Donald Bayes, the President-Elect for the North Carolina Engineers Association said.
Because it's still up in the air which hotel will accompany the Convention Center, the organization booked rooms at the Blockade Runner and the downtown Hilton for its three conventions.
According to the Cape Fear Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the total estimated economic impact of the conventions will be more than $2 million.