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MANTS means money infused into Baltimore
By CAROL KINSLEY
(January 2015) This year marks the 45th anniversary of MANTS, and its 35th consecutive year in Baltimore.
"We are excited to welcome MANTS back to Baltimore for the 35th year in a row," said Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore. "MANTS is not only an annual customer for Baltimore but an integral part of our tourism community. We value and appreciate the support and commitment of MANTS to Baltimore and look forward to welcoming attendees to Baltimore for many years to come."
Some 11,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2015 show, accounting for more than 5,000 "room nights" in local hotels. Those attendees will add more than $4 million to the city's economy.
Last year, there were 10,352 attendees, who booked 4,789 room nights and spent an estimated $3.4 million.
Each year, MANTS partners with the Visit Baltimore Housing Bureau, the convention center and 11 Baltimore area hotels to set aside blocks of rooms at price points for all budgets. The number of rooms booked for the show has a direct correlation to the rate that the convention center charges MANTS for exhibit space. If MANTS falls below the expected room usage, our rent for the Baltimore Convention Center increases. This is important because this rate directly affects what companies pay for exhibit space.
MANTS visitors are encouraged to book rooms through the Visit Baltimore Housing Bureau.