FanimeCon Breaks Records in New San Jose Location

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--June 4, 2004--The San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) and the San Jose Convention and Cultural Facilities report that more than 7,000 attended FanimeCon 2004, which took place for the first time at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and the Civic Auditorium on May 28-31. FanimeCon, the Bay Area's premiere anime convention, drew thousands of local and international anime artists, dealers and enthusiasts to downtown San Jose, making it the biggest show in the event's history and generating more than $5 million in local economic impact.

"This was a big move for us and we're delighted with the show's tremendous success," said Tomoko Shintani Stocksiek, President of Anime Resource Group (ARG), FanimeCon's presenting organization. "San Jose offers lots of exciting opportunities and with the help of the SJCVB, we look forward to maximizing those opportunities and growing the show."

In selecting San Jose as the destination for FanimeCon 2004, ARG was interested in working with San Jose's historic Japantown community. This year, several local Japanese merchants signed up to advertise with the anime convention. Many restaurants stayed open late for the anime crowd.

"FanimeCon is an excellent example of the types of shows that thrive in a tech savvy and culturally diverse place like San Jose," said Dan Fenton, President and CEO of the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The Bureau is committed to helping event planners and show organizers increase attendance and enhance economic impact by engaging the local community."

About The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB)

The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau's (SJCVB) mission is to enhance the image and economic well being of San Jose by taking the leadership role in marketing San Jose as a globally recognized destination. The SJCVB offers meeting planners, tour operators, and individual visitors a team of professionals who can assist with their destination planning process from beginning to end. To receive a copy of the Bureau's Meeting Planning Guide or Official Visitors Guide, please contact the SJCVB at 1-888-SAN-JOSE (1-888-726-5673) or visit http://www.sanjose.org.

Contacts

SJCVB
Lupe Sanchez, 408-792-4175
lsanchez@sanjose.org

Contacts

SJCVB
Lupe Sanchez, 408-792-4175
lsanchez@sanjose.org