Category Archives: Convention Centers


10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas Finding a host city for a key meeting can be a geographic Rubik’s cube of schedules and locations that can seem impossible to solve. This short list of places, spaces and notations compiled by the travel risk management company On Call International can help narrow down the options….

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Pasadena: Where Charm Meets Culture and Innovation

Claim to Fame: Charm meets culture and innovation It’s got the winning Trifecta of pedestrian-friendly, smalltown charm, and big-city art and culture, and is a serious technology hub. Great restaurants, shopping and nature are all close at hand. And then there’s that Rose Bowl thing. Convene The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center has a 55,000-square-foot exhibit…

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Five Star Spangled Meeting Venues

Happy Independence Day! If you’re interested in throwing a bash in a patriotic locale, Smart Meetings has hand-picked star spangled venues to consider from “sea to shining sea.” Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island (New York, NY) Ferry your guests across the New York harbor aboard Statue Cruises for a truly memorable occasion with Lady…

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Aria Las Vegas Expands Meeting Space

Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas is in the midst of adding 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space to its convention center in response to increasing demand from its luxury clientele. Construction on the space began in 2016 and is scheduled for completion in February 2018. Aria then will boast 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting space…

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Las Vegas Convention Center’s $1.4 Billion Expansion Receives Final Approval

It’s finally official: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of Las Vegas Convention Center. In the works since 2016, the project had previously been approved by other local boards, but had yet to receive final approval from LVCVA. The expansion will add…

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Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

The City of Bridges is making a big splash. Pittsburgh was once the world capitol of steel. Today, it’s a major destination for international business travelers and environmentally concerned meeting planners. Visit Pittsburgh, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, touts the area as walkable, affordable and livable. It’s situated amid the Alleghany Mountains and boasts…

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Asheville Emerges as a Cosmopolitan City

Asheville is known for arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and equally adventuresome people. Set among breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has thrived as a destination for trailblazers since at least the 1800s. Over the past decade, it has also emerged as one of North Carolina’s most cosmopolitan cities. The biggest challenge for…

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Portland, Oregon

Why Meet in Portland?

Portland, Oregon, is all about progress. The forward-thinking city—known for its modern urban planning, environmentally friendly ordinances, and diverse population—is a top destination for business meetings. Travel Portland, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, boasts more than 175 hotels and over 21,000 guest rooms. With its many pathways and bridges, Willamette and Columbia rivers, and…

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