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Airport Industry Professionals Meet in Long Beach for 2023 ACI-NA Annual Conference

Kate Kuykendall
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, will hold its 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition Saturday, Sept. 30, to Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Long Beach Airport (LGB) will host the event with Areas USA, HMSHost, Hudson, Lyft, PS, Ricondo, and SSP America serving as executive level sponsors.

“Long Beach is delighted to welcome attendees of the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year,” said Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson. “This is an opportunity to showcase our city and our award-winning Long Beach Airport and build connections among those in the business of advancing travel, tourism and trade locally and nationwide.”

As ACI-NA celebrates its 75th anniversary as the Voice of Airports® in North America in 2023, this year’s conference programming, “Our Journey Together,” will focus on emerging trends and opportunities that will drive the future of the airport industry. 

This year’s event—expected to draw more than 2,000 industry experts from throughout North America to Long Beach—will feature a keynote address from Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist. As a renowned global economics expert, Minton Beddoes will provide insights into global economic and geopolitical trends affecting travel trends around the world. Avelo Airlines Founder, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Levy will join as the closing keynote speaker to discuss the future of air service and the industry’s rebound following the pandemic.

“The 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition comes at an exciting time as we celebrate 75 years of advancing the aviation industry,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Throughout our industry’s storied history, ACI-NA has always been a part of the path forward. We are proud of our reputation as a forum to help the industry solve tough challenges and create new opportunities, and we’re ready to continue our work together as we convene thousands of airport industry leaders in Long Beach this year.”

The ACI-NA conference is taking place at a momentous time for Long Beach Airport, which is about to mark its 100th anniversary on November 26, 2023.

“We’re hosting this conference in our sunny beachside city at an opportune time as LGB nears its 100th year as the oldest municipal airport in California,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “I cannot think of a better place and time for these ACI-NA conference attendees to visit Long Beach and share in this historic and uplifting opportunity to learn from the highest-flying leaders in our industry.”

The 2023 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition will feature an expansive trade show floor with more than 150 exhibitors. Attendees will gain access to more than 250 booths showcasing the latest products and innovations enhancing the airport experience. A live show floor plan is available here.

The ACI-NA conference Opening Night Event hosted by Long Beach Airport is generously supported by Paradies Lagerdere and the Port of Long Beach.

A full agenda and more conference details for 2023 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition can be found on the ACI-NA website.

About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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About ACI-NA
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95% of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity—or more than 7% of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org.