Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

May 2012

Special Section: Hampton

Jennifer N. Dienst
A coastal treasure rich in history and amenities

On the edge of Southern Virginia, Hampton is a hidden historical gem - the city is the oldest continuous English-speaking settlement in North America - that will charm and delight meeting attendees. With the Hampton Roads harbor as a backdrop and a white canopy recalling a schooner at full sail, the Hampton Roads Convention Center is a striking reminder of the city’s four centuries of maritime history. Nautical accouterments aside, the center’s flexible meeting space - from the 108,000-square-foot exhibition hall (divisible into three sections) to the grand ballroom, which can accommodate galas of up to 2,000 guests - suits a variety of events.

When the business of the day is done, attendees have a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options to choose from nearby. The Peninsula Town Center along with 1,800 hotel rooms are within walking distance of the convention center, which is also directly connected to a 295- room Embassy Suites hotel and adjacent to the 11,000-seat Hampton Coliseum arena. Additionally, more than 200 regional attractions can be found within just a few minutes of the convention center.

For more information: 

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau
Lacy Gibson, Director of Sales

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