Alaska’s Anchorage – setting records for delegate attendance

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Enjoying the view of Portage Glacier (Pic credit: Judy O Photos) Enjoying the view of Portage Glacier (Pic credit: Judy O Photos)

Anchorage, Alaska, is on many people’s wish-list of places to visit. It offers incredible outdoor experiences and versatile meeting venues, the best of both worlds.

Anchorage is the best of Alaska, all in one place. Towering mountains, sparkling glaciers and amazing wildlife: Anchorage is the key to an unforgettable meeting. With 1,500 moose and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, it is also home to Alaska’s best convention centres and hotels, diverse dining and tax-free shopping.

• Anchorage’s international airport serves some 2.5 million passengers annually along more than 30 non-stop routes. • Anchorage is home to two convention centres: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and Egan Civic & Convention Center. • 8,000 hotel rooms in the municipality, with 3,000 in the city’s convention district downtown. • Best of both worlds: resident wildlife include moose, eagles, salmon and beluga whales, 135 miles of natural urban trails, 60 nearby glaciers, but also the state’s largest museum, a thriving performing arts scene, hundreds of restaurants and a dozen breweries. • Activities pre and post conference include rail tours, flightseeing tours, glacier cruises, wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, rafting and kayaking. • Alaska is a dream destination for delegates. Meetings in Anchorage often surpass expected registration and set records for attendance as people use the meeting as an opportunity to explore a ‘wish list’ destination.

Recent international meetings

Data scientists

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The Knowledge, Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) conference attracted 3,200 attendees to Anchorage in August. When the registration numbers came in, the numbers were almost double what the organisers had been anticipating. The appeal of Anchorage and the surrounding area was a motivator for event planners and attendees alike.

KDD presentations included discussions on methodologies that optimise machine learning to assist with research in health care, cyber security, industrial systems and more. However, it was also Alaska’s unique data, especially relating to the environment, that positioned Anchorage as the meeting place for KDD this year. Held at both the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and the William A Egan Civic & Convention Center, it was one of Anchorage’s largest international meetings to date.

Women police

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In September, the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) convened in Anchorage for the third time. The week-long training event attracted more than 750 participants from 43 countries.

IAWP kicked off the meeting with a Parade of Nations, which celebrated the diversity of the delegates. Conference topics on the theme of ‘Mentoring the Next Generation’ included leadership, gender equity, mentorship and community involvement. The group aims to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to strengthen the capacity of women police internationally.

Sharing culture was an important aspect of the meeting. Networking opportunities included a cultural event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where IAWP participants were encouraged to wear traditional cultural dress from their own countries and heritage. Training also included a session with Alaska Wildlife Troopers, where participants learned about the officers’ dedication to conservation and Alaska’s unique geography and wildlife.

Contact: Julie Dodds VP Convention Sales & Service Visit Anchorage 524 W Fourth Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 USA Email: Telephone: 907-257-2327 Website:

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