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Conference & Event Center welcomes large groups to downtown Niagara Falls

by jmaloni

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Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:40 pm

The spring season is bringing more than just better temperatures to the area, as three large events are taking place at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls this first week of April.

"Our team has been very busy this week," said Global Spectrum's Jason Murgia, assistant general manager and director of events at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. "This series of events is attracting close to 2,500 local and out-of-town guests to our building while helping to boost the local economy." He said these guests are also spending time and money at local hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

One event contributing to this surge is the annual Buffalo Area Teacher Recruitment Day, which began yesterday and continued today. Teacher Recruitment Day is hosted by Western New York's area colleges and connects college graduating teaching candidates with employers from school districts from around the country. In all, 105 national school districts and 25 local school districts were in attendance as well as approximately 400 job applicants.

Simultaneously, the Northeast Regional Honors Council is being held within the facility, with approximately 540 attendees representing almost 200 different colleges from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. This organization of students, faculty and administrators are dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. The NRHC provides its members with opportunities for exchange of information, ideas and assistance through this annual conference.

Last, but certainly not least, the annual Mr./Ms. Buffalo Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships, an event that has been hosted in Western New York for more than 50 years, is moving to The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls on Saturday for the very first time. It attracts approximately 1,200 spectators.

"The highly attended competition outgrew its previous venue, so we were more than happy to provide larger accommodations for our new clients," Murgia said. "With room to grow, our team hopes to bring this event back to our facility for many years to come."

Although tickets have been selling quickly, anyone interested in attending the competition may purchase remaining tickets at www.ticketfly.com or at the box office. The event begins at 7 p.m.

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