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Cryogenics Group Decides to “Chill Out” in Anchorage in 2013


Anchorage, Alaska – Feb. 3, 2011 – The Cryogenic Engineering Conference & International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC-ICMC) has selected Anchorage as the site of their 2013 conference. The conference is expected to draw more than 600 attendees from all over the world and generate an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million for Anchorage.

The CEC-ICMC has convened in Anchorage before; the groups held their 2003 meeting in the city. The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) showed the group’s leadership just how much the city had grown during a site inspection tour just before the CEC-ICMC decided on the location of the 2013 meeting. ACVB’s convention sales team traveled to the meeting and made the final push for Anchorage.

“Meeting planners and leadership from the cryogenics group toured Anchorage and then flew straight to Spokane for a meeting, where they picked Anchorage,” said Julie Dodds, ACVB director of convention sales. “The city was definitely fresh in their minds.”

Cryogenics is the science of low temperature phenomena. Among its applications, cryogenics research has led to advances in medicine, aerospace and superconductors – used to power high speed maglev trains. Proceedings of the Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference have been held jointly every other year since 1975.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.
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