Category Archives: Convention Centers


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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Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare The largest cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. They’re all great places for companies and associations to meet. South Bend, Fort Wayne and Evansville have major universities where academia professionals share notes and corporate recruiters find talent. Indianapolis Indianapolis was named the No. 1 convention city in…

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Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings and tourism destination. Columbus is the state capitol. Cincinnati is famous for its big river, baseball and beer. Cleveland has the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Akron, where Goodyear is headquartered, is known as the city of inventions. All…

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Exhibition Industry Posts Modest First-Quarter Gains

After a slight dip at the end of last year, the exhibition industry grew modestly, posting a year-over-year gain of 1.6 percent, in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). CEIR had previously reported that after 25 consecutive quarters of growth, exhibitions declined by 0.4 percent in the…

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What’s New in Atlanta?

College Football Hall of Fame Although it’s been a top-five U.S. city for meetings, conventions and trade shows for many years now, Atlanta has no intention of resting on its reputation for its excellent variety and quality of hospitality offerings for groups. More than 12,000 hotel rooms are within 1 mile of Georgia World Congress…

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Conventions Offer Cities Dynamic, Long-Term Benefits

More research is needed to substantiate these effects, though Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about a particular field or interest, network with others and experience some of the top features of the destination. Actually, conventions play a much greater, more dynamic role as convention and visitors…

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Discover Your Ideal Convention Center Personality Type

Convention centers are like people—they each have their own personality and they all look a little different. But just like humans, they share similarities, as well. Convention centers all have welcoming conference rooms, well-tailored food service, changeable spaces to cater to all kinds of group needs, and capable, friendly staff who assist with planners’ needs….

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Island Resorts are Modern Meeting Treasures

Subron 6 ship at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Island settings blend regal history with contemporary hotels Palm trees sway in the breeze as ocean waves crash over crystal-blue shorelines with sprawling white-sand beaches that offer visitors peace and solitude. Don’t be fooled. Although images of tropical paradise abound, many islands have a…

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