Destination: Cincinnati/ Dayton Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
December 29, 2011
While Ohio may register for some as just “a state in the middle,” it has long been ahead of the curve in terms of innovation and is a place of many firsts: For example, it is the birthplace of aviation and home to the first professional baseball team and first U.S. municipal university.
And as it has grown, it’s become the site of the fifth-largest share of U.S. Fortune 500 companies, totaling 27 businesses. With headquarters for major corporations such as Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Macy’s and Sherwin Williams, corporate planners can plan meetings in their own backyard. And with new renovations and expansions, they’ll actually want to. Cleveland, for example, is undergoing a $2.5 billion renaissance with developments that directly relate to the hospitality industry. Columbus, the state capital, is also finishing up renovation projects to prepare for its bicentennial celebration this year.
So, learn the stories behind Ohio’s many firsts and maybe start one of your own by bringing your group to the Buckeye State.
By Mary Mihaly
May 31, 2011
From the Appalachian foothills to the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie, Ohio is hardly a “fly-over.” Positioned halfway between New York City and Chicago, the state attracts tens of millions of visitors each year, who come to visit the award-winning wineries; to watch pro and college baseball, football and basketball games; to hike thousands of miles of protected trails—and, of course, to attend meetings.
Learn about Cincinnati/ Dayton for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 135
Total Hotel Rooms: 25,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 64
Local Convention Centers: Duke Energy Convention Center
Local Airports: Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Local CVB: Cincinnati CVB
With more than $2 billion in development and revitalization along its riverfront, Cincinnati is no stranger to positive change. And, lest we forget, television talk-show host Jerry Springer once served as mayor of Cincinnati. Today, it’s home to Fortune 500 companies including Chiquita Brands International, Macy’s Department Stores and The Kroger Co., among others.
And the city is custom-built for business— five of its seven downtown hotels are connected by a modernskywalk system. Yet visitors definitely should venture outside. The downtown area has a long list of attractions all within a few blocks of one another.
The Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds, who previously shared Cinergy Field with the The National Football Leagues’ Cincinnati Bengals, is a classic throwback to the origins of the sport. Despite the seemingly patriotic nature of the park’s title, it is actually a reference to the Great American Insurance Group whose chairman is Carl Lindner Jr., owner of the eponymous restaurant chain and a well-known Ohio resident.
The Contemporary Arts Center is a non-collecting museum focused on emerging talent in the creative world. The center had gained recognition by showing work from now well-known artists, including Pittsburgh native, Andy Warhol.