MACE East 2016 was a blast and I appreciate your support. As much as I do not want to do this, we will not be running a MACE East for 2017. I have not been able to find a venue that works for every aspect of the event.
I love the Hilton, its growth potential and its proximity to the Battleship, but as you can recall, parking was an issue. And to make matters worse, Wilmington is demolishing the deck across the street from the hotel. This just amplifies the parking issue. I have discovered that Wilmington is an expensive city to host an event. We work to keep your costs down so that it is affordable to come to a MACE event. And that is the main reason for the decision to cancel. I cannot expect my attendees to pay $30 for parking, walk 2 or more blocks to get back to the hotel and a higher room rate.
I have only had to cancel a few events over the years and it pains me to do so. My goal is to find a venue that is affordable and large enough for us to grow. It may not be in Wilmington, but I am searching all the areas along the coast to see what is available. We are still looking for other possibilities, but nothing has panned out so far.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know. We are open to ideas. MACE East may not happen this year, but it is still an event we want to continue. I hope you will visit us for our 20th Anniversary MACE in Charlotte this year.