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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Meetings, Events & Conventions

From Charlotte Observer's Charlottesgotalot:

With easy accessibility, unique venues and exciting attractions, Charlotte is a top-notch destination for meetings, conventions and trade shows.

Hundreds of thousands of convention attendees travel to Charlotte each year. They are greeted by an airport just seven miles from the Charlotte Convention Center, 4,100 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center, and an array of unique dining and nightlife options. Charlotte's Center City, the convention district, is a walkable and compact area boasting nearly 100 restaurants plus cultural venues, museums and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Unique venues abound in Charlotte as well. These capture all styles and event themes. These venues offer the ability to create and program one-of-a-kind events into your meeting's schedule. These special events provide excitement for your attendees which will keep them talking about your event long after it has ended.

Top Reasons to Meet in Charlotte

With easy accessibility, unique venues and exciting attractions, Charlotte is a top-notch meetings destination.

Charlotte has the advantages of a first-tier city without the hassle, making the Queen City an attractive meetings destination. The top-notch accommodations and venues, upscale restaurants, major attractions, exhilarating nightlife, easy accessibility and mild climate make it ideal for working and playing year ‘round. Here are some of the top reasons to choose Charlotte for your group’s next meeting or event.
Getting Here is Easy
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a hub for US Airways, meaning daily nonstop flights to and from 138 domestic and international destinations. The state-of-the-art airport has every modern convenience and over 700 daily departures.
Unbeatable Accommodations, Meeting Spaces & Venues

From the Charlotte Convention Center to meeting spaces in fine art museums and posh hotels, Charlotte can suit any group – regardless of size or budget. Accommodations include everything from B&Bs to rustic resorts to high-rise hotels. Seeking luxury in Center City? Hilton Charlotte Center City and The Westin Charlotte and The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte all fit the bill. If a spa and golf-centered conference is more your group’s style, consider The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. Historic inns likeThe Duke Mansion, the Morehead Inn and the VanLandingham Estate Inn & Conference Center are loaded with southern charm.

Besides being eco-friendly, the Charlotte Convention Center provides more than 90,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, a 35,000 sq. ft. ballroom and full-service, award-winning catering. It also features 280,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
Exciting Pro Sports

Charlotte is a haven for sports fans any time of year. After a day of meetings, attendees can catch a Charlotte Bobcats game or watch the Charlotte Checkers in a dramatic hockey match at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Carolina Panthers bring sellout crowds to their feet at Bank of America Stadium, and NASCAR races take place at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Unique Attractions & Activities

Active attendees can break for kayaking, whitewater rafting or canyon zip-lining at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a renowned outdoor recreation and adventure sports facility.

For a dose of history, attendees can visit Historic Latta Plantation, a restored 19th-century cotton plantation and living history farm. At the Billy Graham Library, interactive kiosks and memorabilia take visitors on a journey through the life and faith of the world’s most influential evangelist and adviser to eight presidents.

For something really exhilarating, attendees can head to Carowinds, the self-proclaimed “thrill capital of the Southeast.” The 15+ thrill rides include roller coasters, giant swings and a 160-foot drop tower.
Fabulous Nightlife

The NC Music Factory is Charlotte’s newest and hottest venue with live music, trendy nightclubs, hip bars, upscale dining and a comedy club, all in one location just north of Center City. Right in Center City, the EpiCentre is a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.

There’s always an exciting live performance at the Knight Theater, McGlohon Theater and Duke Energy Theater. When it comes to a touring Broadway show or a local production, Blumenthal Performing Arts puts on the best in music, theater and dance at the Belk Theater and Booth Playhouse. In Charlotte, enjoying a night out on the town is effortless.