Wilmington, NC: March will be a busy month for hosting meetings as travel industry partners in Wilmington and its Island Beaches welcome attendees for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising's Region 3 Conference on March 22-25 and the Carolinas Recycling Association 33rd Annual Conference & Trade Show on March 26-31.   

On March 22-25, approximately 350 attendees will take part in the NACADA Region 3 Conference with events held at the at Cape Fear Community College Union Station Conference Center. NACADA is the leading global community for the advancement of student success through academic advising in higher education. The event will attract in-state academic advisors as well as those from Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The majority of attendees and guests will be staying at the Hotel Ballast Wilmington during this three-day event.

Jairo McMican, Associate Director of Equity Initiatives from Achieving the Dream and educator with 16 years of experience in the specialized field of academic advising, will deliver the keynote address. In addition to the keynote, the conference provides attendees with breakout sessions that address the most pressing issues in the profession and a platform for advisors to engage in meaningful conversations about the latest trends and best practices in the field. Each region also contributes to a local non-profit within that region as part of the annual conference. This year's local service project is the Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear.

The following week Carolina Recycling Association's 33rd Annual Conference & Trade Show will bring more than 400 attendees to Wilmington. Representatives of recycling companies, local governments, state and federal agencies, universities and colleges, state recycling organizations and other non-profits will gather at the Wilmington Convention Center from March 27-30 to network, learn, plan and influence issues affecting recycling in the Carolinas and beyond. During the event, the Carolina Recycling Association along with the Foodservice Packaging Institute, will hold a press conference at the Wilmington Convention Center on Wednesday, March 29th, at 2:30 p.m. to announce exciting developments in the recyclability of certain consumer packaging materials. Local media is invited to attend (see contact below).

“We are excited to welcome both organizations and their conference attendees to Wilmington during the month of March,” states John Sneed, Vice-President of Sales & Services for the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We strive to provide excellent service and a memorable coastal Carolina experience so that attendees will always look forward to returning to Wilmington and our island beaches for future meetings and leisure travel.”

The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau, markets and develops the county and its communities’ leisure and group travel experiences for economic growth and quality of place.


Notes to Media: To arrange media interviews with conference organizers and to discuss the best photo opportunities for the NACADA Region 3 Conference, please contact Amanda Everhart at a_everha@uncg.edu/336-906-8502.

To arrange media interviews with conference organizers and to discuss the best photo opportunities for the Carolinas Recycling Association press conference, please contact Mary McClellan at staff@cra-recycle.org/877-972-0007.

Connie Nelson
Communications/Public Relations Director
Wilmington and Beaches CVB
910-341-4030 x120