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Anime Mid-Atlantic Moves to Virginia Beach, Virginia

posted on 2007-12-29 00:12 EST
Separately, Arizona's AniZona cancels 2008 con, but hopes for return in 2009

Edward Fortner, the chairman of the Anime Mid-Atlantic (AMA) convention which was to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel outside Washington, DC on June 13-15, has announced on the convention's website that the Hyatt has decided to cancel AMA's contract because of reported double-booking for that weekend. The convention itself will not be cancelled, but will move to the Holiday Inn Executive Center, in Virginia Beach, VA, over 200 miles away.

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City has been one of the most convention-friendly hotels in the U.S. In the past, it has hosted the Otakon and Katsucon events, and last month, was the venue for Anime USA. 2008 will be the first year that Anime Mid-Atlantic will leave the Richmond, Virginia area.

In a separate development, AnimeCons.com reports that AniZona has canceled its 2008 convention because not enough rooms were booked at the Wigwam Resort hotel in Litchfield Park, Arizona. (A minimum of 75 was needed by December 16.) AniZona's staff still hopes to return in 2009.


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