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10 Reasons to Come To Columbus

  1. There’s plenty of space: The 1.8-million-square-foot Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 75 meeting rooms, and the largest ballroom in the state.
     
  2. A central location: Columbus is within just a day’s drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the nation’s population.
     
  3. Compact and convenient: Alongside the 1,000-room Hilton Columbus Downtown attached to the center, all of the city’s convention facilities, hotels, restaurants, and attractions are all within walking distance of each other, and free transportation is available throughout downtown for those who need a lift.
     
  4. Vibrant experiences: Distinct urban neighborhoods are packed with restaurants, shops, galleries, music, sports, and live entertainment for when the meeting day is done.
     
  5. Seat of influence: As Ohio’s capital, Columbus gives groups proximity to powerful government leaders as well as ample Fortune 500 and 1000 companies that call it home.
     
  6. Culinary star power: Columbus is home to restaurateur Cameron Mitchell and the James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer, the mind behind Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
     
  7. Affordable: As the 14th largest city in the U.S., Columbus has all of the amenities you need, at a better value.
     
  8. A clean and green destination: Environmental awareness is an important virtue in Columbus. The city has 253 acres of downtown green space, and the GCCC has installed an indoor hydroponic Smartfarm that yields 2.5 tons of produce annually.
     
  9. Top-notch service and hospitality: In 2016, J.D. Power named Columbus “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest on its one-time Destination Experience Satisfaction Study.
     
  10. It’s a city on everyone’s hot list: Travel Channel, New York Times, Food & Wine, and the Chicago Tribune all recently named it a top destination to visit.