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15 Reasons to Come to Columbus

 

  1. Columbus rolls out the red carpet to showcase all our city has to offer meeting planners as well as attendees.
  2. Columbus’ convention hotel package is both impressive and expanding. The Hilton Columbus Downtown expansion brings 1,000-rooms directly connected to the convention center. Columbus will have 32,000 hotel rooms citywide, with 5,000 hotel rooms in the downtown core and 2,700 are connected or adjacent to the convention center. 
  3. Easily accessible, Columbus is within 550 miles of nearly half the nation’s population, just a one-day’s drive or one-hour flight. And, John Glenn International Airport is just eight miles or 10 minutes from downtown. 
  4. There’s plenty of meeting 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.
  5. Cbus is the fastest-growing Midwest city that is vibrant and alive, known for its public-private collaborations, and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s a smart, open, and welcoming community with a dynamic convention package that can fit the needs of any group.  
  6. Experience Columbus supports Black-owned businesses. In partnership with the Columbus Fashion Alliance we launched CBUS Soul, a platform that amplifies the rich, historic, innovative, and forward-moving Black culture that helps to fuel the vibrancy of Columbus. Curated itineraries and a directory of businesses are available online or can be customized by our destination experience team.
  7. Live for life beyond lanyards. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Columbus steps away from the “art and soul” of Columbus, the Short North Arts District, which has the city’s best boutique shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife, all of which are walkable from the convention center.  
  8. Live for the First Bite. Columbus packs culinary star power punch. Columbus is home to restaurateur Cameron Mitchell and the James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton, the mind behind Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. And, the North Market, across from the convention center, is a 145-year-old vibrant public market made up of Ohio's best independent merchants, farmers, and makers.
  9. Live for better value. As the 14th largest city in the U.S., Columbus has all of the amenities you need, at a better value.
  10. World-class services and hospitality: J.D. Power named Columbus “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest on its one-time Destination Experience Satisfaction Study.
  11. Live for sustainability. 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.
  12. Creating Pathways to Equity. Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, in collaboration with Tourism Diversity Matters, launched the Diversity Apprenticeship Program providing hands-on, on-the-job experience for people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) to work across multiple departments (i.e., guest services, event planning, marketing, sales, finance, etc.) in travel industry organizations. 
  13. Live to Blaze Trails. Men's Journal selected the Scioto Mile as one of the “21 Best Urban Parks + Trails for City-Dwellers.” Experience Columbus has created experiential trails as well for coffee lovers, bourbon coinsurers – and, for those who enjoy Columbus-style pizza, a pizza trail is coming soon.
  14. It’s a city on everyone’s hot list. 
    • Named one of the Top 10 Domestic Destinations for 2020 by Travel Channel
    • One of the Best Cities for Conferences in 2020 by SmartAsset
    • One of 52 Places to Visit in 2019 by The New York Times 
  15. It’s A Vibe. You Gotta Come See It for Yourself!