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Professional Convention Management Association

May 2012

City Files: Raleigh

Jennifer N. Dienst
Raleigh Convention Center in ConveneGreen  and  growing

Raleigh, the  centrally  located  capital  of North Carolina, is in the midst of not just one but two renaissances. Greater Raleigh has $3 billion in new infrastructure completed  or currently in the works,touching on every  facet of the destination, from a recent $570-million expansion of RDU International Airport to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ new wing, the Nature Research Center. Nineteen hotels, new event venues such as the Raleigh Amphitheater, plus a long list of museums and attractions have also opened in the past five years.

At the same time, Raleigh is redefining itself as one of the country’s most forward-thinking cities in sustainability and environmental initiatives. The centerpiece of Raleigh’s eco-renaissance, the Raleigh Convention Center,  is  one  of only seven  convention  centers  in the  country  to achieve LEED Silver certification. In addition to receiving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Award for mid-size communities, Raleigh has earned a spot on a list of the 25 “most electric-vehicle–ready” cities  in the  United States.

With its comfortable climate, verdant scenery, and farm-to-table dining and outdoor recreation options, Raleigh has an abundance of natural assets for off-site meetings as well as leisure time.

At a Glance

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jana Rae Oliver, Director of Sales
421 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1505
Raleigh, NC 27601-2995
800.834.5900 or 919.645.2675
visitraleigh.com

Raleigh Convention  Center

  • Total space: 500,000 square feet
  • Total exhibit space: 150,000 square feet
  • Grand Ballroom: 32,617 square feet, divisible into three rooms
  • Total number of meeting rooms 20

Hotels

  • Total rooms: 15,227
  • Rooms with walking distance of the Raleigh Convention Center: 907

Attractions

  • North Carolina Museum of Art
  • The  New Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Moore Square, a historic district with shopping, arts, and dining
  • Lonnie Poole Golf Course
  • North Carolina State Capitol

Air Transportation

RDU International Airport, consistently ranked among the most efficient airports in North America, serves Raleigh  and the Research Triangle region with 350 daily arrivals and departures on nine major airlines and seven regional  carriers.

For more information on holding  meetings in Raleigh, check out the Greater Raleigh CVB’s guide for meeting planners at visitraleigh.com/meeting_planners/online_guide

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