Cobb Galleria Centre hosted the largest Anime gathering in the Southeast Sept. 24-27, with 26,000 fans of Japanese animation taking over the Cumberland Galleria area. Anime Weekend Atlanta attracted visitors from more than 40 states and nearly a dozen countries who stayed in 14 area hotels, resulting in more than 8,000 room nights and an economic impact of $4.3 million.

Anime1The convention provides Japanese anime (animation), manga (comics), and cosplay (costumes) fans with the opportunity to enjoy their favorite aspects of Japanese culture and occupies nearly all of the available space at the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

“Anime Weekend Atlanta offers Japanese culture fans a wide variety of experiences, including an artist alley, a costume contest, gaming rooms, concerts, and a manga library,” said Faisal Ahmed, CEO, Anime Weekend Atlanta. “We need a facility that has the flexibility to accommodate these vastly different activities, and the Cobb Galleria Centre has consistently collaborated with us to meet our needs and exceed our expectations.”

“The Cobb Galleria Centre is thrilled to celebrate 10 years of partnership with Anime Weekend Atlanta,” said Michele Swann, general manager and CEO of the Cobb Galleria Centre. “Our dedicated team at the Cobb Galleria Centre is committed to helping our customers have successful events that achieve annual growth. Conventions and shows such as Anime Weekend Atlanta serve as economic drivers for our region and contribute to the development of the Cumberland area, which continues to add new dining, shopping, and entertainment.”

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