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Anaheim Convention Center campus: 1.1M SF

Anaheim Convention Center campus: 1.1M SF

Two new events at Anaheim Convention Center reflect efforts by area tourism marketers to play to the city’s strengths and bring larger or higher-dollar events to the venue.

A 1980s-themed fan fest called NostalgiaCon hits town July 4 weekend this year. Organizers say it includes music, sports and entertainment celebrities, fashion, retro merchandise and other elements to hearken to the Reagan Decade.

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The city next year will play host to the International Science & Engineering Fair from May 10 to 15. The event is a science, technology, engineering and math competition considered the ‘Super Bowl’ of STEM.

Both are in developing niches Visit Anaheim, which promotes the area for tourism and business travel, has shown strength in: entertainment, with such events as VidCon, WonderCon, BlizzCon, and others, and more shows in high-dollar industries including technology and medical devices.

Each should bring about 30,000 attendees to the city, show organizers said.