By Chad Chappell, CMP, Director of Sales, Visit Baltimore
I have been going to Expo! Expo! for fifteen years, but the event coming up in Baltimore this December 1-3 has special significance for me this time.
Baltimore is my hometown. I grew up here, went to college here, left for seventeen years to roam around a bit in our crazy industry, and came back eight years ago. Coming back to the city I have always loved was the best decision I ever made. We are a city that was built around getting business done, top notch education, and creating amazing experiences for our visitors. So get ready Expo! Expo! attendees, if you have not been to Baltimore in the past 10 years, you have simply not been to Baltimore.
Yes we still have crab cakes and all of the charm we are known for, but make sure you get out to our neighborhoods and see what’s new and how wonderfully it blends with the old. There are many places to see, but one can’t miss area to visit with your limited time here is the Harbor East and Harbor Point developments. If you just look in the sky for the cranes and start walking in that direction you will soon be there. And what you will find will amaze you. In an area that was once abandoned warehouses and old wharves, you will find gleaming hotels, restaurants, high end shops and condominiums, all built along the waterfront connecting the Inner Harbor and Historic Fells Point neighborhoods.
My highlights: The GIGANTES appetizer at the restaurant Ouzo Bay (giant lima beans in tomato sauce), the newest swag at the Under Armour Brand House (UA is headquartered in Baltimore) down the street, and later a stop by Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons hotel for a cocktail called a “sticky wicket”. We can’t wait to have you all here to experience it for yourself, hon! (BTW – that is a common term of endearment her in Bawlmer).
The Visit Baltimore team is so excited to welcome IAEE attendees to the Charm City. The city, coupled with three amazing days of education, networking and a trade show, will be an experience you’ll not forget.