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Why Columbus is the Perfect Spot for Your Group

Centrally located: Columbus is within 550 miles of half the nation’s population, just a one-day drive or one-hour flight. Plus, our international airport has direct flights to more than 40 destinations and is just 10 minutes from downtown.

Close proximity of arena to convention center: The Greater Columbus Convention Center offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, three ballrooms and 75 meeting rooms. Just one block away, Nationwide Arena can seat up to 20,000 and offers 685,000 square feet of space.

Hotel heaven: Of the 5,000 hotel rooms downtown, more than 2,700 are connected/adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Affordable for all: Thanks to Columbus’ moderately priced market for hotels and meals, you won’t have to sacrifice the metropolitan amenities your attendees crave just to meet in the country’s 14th largest city. 

Entertainment abounds: Columbus’ vibrant neighborhoods are packed with restaurants, shops, galleries, music and live entertainment. Even better, the city’s compact footprint means there are endless opportunities just steps away from downtown hotels, the convention center and Nationwide Arena.

Family-friendly: It’s easy to extend a conference into a family vacation with Columbus’ top-ranked zoo, science center and botanical garden; the best ice cream in the country; and sporting events all year long.

Supreme satisfaction: Not only did Expedia name Columbus one of "America’s most tourist-friendly cities" thanks to its Midwestern hospitality, but Columbus was also named “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” on the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study*, the only study of its kind to-date.

Safe and secure: Marriott declared Columbus a "top destination for solo female travelers", and according to the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study*, “Safety is the second top-most important reason listed amongst respondents when choosing a destination – Columbus is rated highest in safety/security in the Midwest region by a substantial margin.”


We look forward to working with you and your group.

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Check out these resources below:

  • Read what people are saying about Columbus in our accolades
  • Use our attendance builder​ to get your attendees excited about coming to Columbus
  • View our online Visitor Guide to find all the things to see, do and eat while in the city
  • Watch this video to experience the authentic Columbus:



Leah Zender

Leah Zender, CTA
National Sales Manager

*Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit