Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

May 2012

Special Section: Norfolk

Jennifer N. Dienst
Norfolk in ConveneEasy, accessible meetings on the Virginia Waterfront.

New experiences are aplenty in Norfolk, the cultural, financial, and entertainment hub of the mid-Atlantic coast. From a new downtown light-rail system to new culinary tours, Norfolk offers meeting attendees something different to experience every time they visit.

Bordering the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk is a coastal city rich in history and culture. Naval Station Norfolk (the world’s largest naval base), the battleship Wisconsin, historical homes, Civil War sites, and museums such as the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum are just a few options for offsite events and pre- and post-meeting leisure time. Downtown, meeting attendees will find plenty to do, including dine-a-rounds and culinary tours of Granby Street and the historic Ghent neighborhood, or one of the many festivals that attract thousands of visitors from spring through mid-winter.

Just like with its attractions, Norfolk has plenty of choices for meetings, off-site events, and accommodations - 5,200 hotel rooms and 500,000 square feet of citywide meeting space, to be exact. Downtown, the 405- room Norfolk Waterside Marriott (including the 60,000-square-foot Waterside Convention Center) and the recently renovated 468- room Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel both have convenient waterfront locations near many of Norfolk’s most popular attractions, including shopping in the historic Freemason and Ghent districts, Norfolk Scope (an arena with 85,000 square feet of meeting space), and the shops at MacArthur Center.

When it’s time to start planning, the award-winning staff at VisitNorfolk can assist with tasks large and small, from inspection tours to itinerary planning and everything in between.

To get started, visit visitnorfolktoday.com.

At a Glance

Meeting facilities

  • More than 500,000 square feet of citywide meeting space
  • Citywide hotel rooms: about 5,200
  • Committable hotel rooms: 3,000
  • Harbor cruises and tours
  • Naval Station Norfolk (the world’s largest naval base)
  • Civil War historical sites
  • Granby Street’s “Restaurant Row”
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Virginia Zoo
  • Battleship Wisconsin
  • Art galleries and antiquing in the historic Ghent neighborhood, more than 100 annual festivals, and much more

For more information:

757.664.6620 or 800.368.3097 

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