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City Files: Columbus

by Jennifer N. Dienst | May 01, 2012
Greater Columbus Convention Center in ConveneDowntown development, independent spirit drive Ohio’s capital city

As the city celebrates its 200th birthday this  year  —  known as “200 Columbus  The  Bicentennial”   —  Columbus  is  making  a  big  commitment to its future  as a  nationally  recognized  destination for both leisure and business travel.  Already home to well-established arts  and  culinary  scenes and  some  of the  country’s  most  popular  attractions, Columbus  is  investing  more  than $200  million in  revamping  its hotels  and  meeting  space.  

In addition to these new developments,  Columbus was   recently   named fourth  among America’s top 10 shopping cities as well as one of the nation’s leading markets  for gay travel.  

Meeting planners love that the Greater Columbus Convention Center is centrally located in the High Five, a five-mile stretch of vibrant arts and entertainment districts along High Street.  One of these neighborhoods, the  Short North Arts District, has earned praise  from national  media outlets for  its funky  galleries,  lively  bars,  and  hip  restaurants.

Columbus’ well-connected network of Meeting facilities, hotels, and arts and entertainment districts makes it a convenient yet entertaining destination for meeting attendees. With a renewed commitment to the meetings and tourism industry, Ohio’s  capital  city  is  quickly  emerging  as the  destination  of choice  for  trade  shows, conventions,  and corporate meetings.

At a Glance

Experience Columbus

Brian Ross, Vice President of Sales
277 W. Nationwide Blvd., Suite 125
Columbus, OH 43215
800.354.2657 or 614.222.6108

Greater Columbus Convention Center

  • Total space:  1.7 million square feet
  • Total exhibit space:  410,000 square feet
  • Total ballroom space:  74,000 square feet
  • Total meeting rooms: 65
  • Connected or adjacent to: Seven hotels, 3,000 on-site parking spaces, and the 20,500-seat Nationwide Arena Hotels
  • Total rooms in Downtown Columbus:  3,800
  • Total rooms adjacent or connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center:  2,100


  • Columbus Zoo and aquarium (No.  1 zoo in U.S.)
  • Center of Science and Industry (No.  1 Science center in U.S.)
  • Nationwide arena, home to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets
  • The Short North Arts District 
  • Historic German Village  

Air transportation

Port Columbus International airport, serving visitors with 157 daily departures to 34  airports, is just 10 minutes from downtown.  Major carriers include Air Canada Jazz, AirTran, American, continental, Delta, Frontier,  Southwest, United, and US Airways.

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