Meeting planners who choose Anchorage vary as much as the Alaska landscape. Sure, the city’s meeting facilities can host dinners for thousands, breakout sessions for a half dozen or few thousand delegates and plenary sessions packed with every member of an organization. Anchorage provides the perfect site for events of all sizes and varying interests.
Big Alaska, Big Meetings
Because Anchorage has more meeting space than any other Alaska city, it is often selected by large groups. Big groups representing many industries and a wide range of interests have all discovered Anchorage is the perfect meeting place. The 2015 GLACIER Conference saw the sitting U.S. President, Secretary of State, ministers from a dozen Arctic nations and hundreds of others convene in Anchorage. The IEEE Transducers brought 1,100 delegates in 2015. The International Economic Development Council hosted their annual convention in the city in 2015 as well. The Council of State Governments convened in Anchorage with 1,800 people for their 2014 conference. EDI - Scoliosis Research Society's 2014 meeting in Anchorage brought 1,300 people to the Last Frontier.
Groups often like Anchorage so much they repeat their visit. The National Association of Development Organizations liked the 2008 conference in Anchorage enough to book again for 2017. Ducks Unlimited has flocked to Anchorage three times recently for annual meetings: 1995, 2007, and 2016. The Aerospace Medical Association held its first Anchorage conference in 2004 with 1,600 delegates, and returned in 2011. The Alaska Federation of Natives regularly holds their annual convention in Anchorage, drawing nearly 4,000 people from across Alaska. The AFN Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any indigenous peoples.
Top Flight Sporting Venues
With so many top-notch sports complexes and unrivaled outdoor adventures, it’s no surprise Anchorage has hosted large sporting events. The city made history as the host of the 19th World Mountain Running Trophy (WMRT) in 2003. More than 400 world-class athletes from around the world attended this international mountain running championship event- the first time the WMRT was hosted in the United States and only the second time the event had been held outside of Europe. The Veteran Wheelchair Games were in Anchorage in 2006 with a thousand competitors, coaches and spectators making the trip to Anchorage. Anchorage was proud to host the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) in 2004, bringing Native peoples from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada together to compete in traditional Native athletic events in the Sullivan Arena. Students from across Alaska gather annually in Anchorage for the NYO Games, another showcase of athletic skill and Alaska Native traditions. Anchorage’s fantastic trails, ice rinks and nearby mountains have drawn the attention of many winter sporting events as well. Events as large as the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games have come to Anchorage. The 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games came to Anchorage. Alyeska Resort in nearby Girdwood, Alaska, hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2004 and 2007 as well as the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships. Kincaid Park hosted top-tier athletes for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in 2009 and 2010 and 2017, Junior Cross-Country Nationals in 2019 and the U.S. World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships in 2011.
With flexible space, competitive pricing, lots of direct flights and a drop-dead gorgeous landscape, Anchorage is the perfect place for your next meeting.