Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

July 2012

Facilitating Success: Cincinnati

Jennifer N. Dienst and Katie Kervin
Cincinnati ConveneAll the amenities, all within reach.

Meeting planners who are curious about how Cincinnati has become one of the nation’s best convention destinations should know that it all boils down to one word - accessibility.

It’s about easy accessibility to a Midwest destination that’s within a one-hour flight of 60 percent of the U.S.  population.  And once attendees arrive, it’s about accessibility to knowledgeable, friendly people, from the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s award-winning convention services team to the citizen volunteers who welcome tens of thousands of visitors each year.  It’s also about accessibility to a growing list of hotels, attractions, and dining options in a walkable city center.

Anchoring Cincinnati’s downtown, the 750,000-square-foot Duke Energy Convention Center has 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and, at 40,000 square feet, one of the largest ballrooms in the Midwest.  Surrounded by 200 shops, 75 restaurants, and 3,000 hotel rooms, the center is also flanked by more than $2 billion in new developments.  Chief among them are the 18-acre Banks retail and residential development, 160-room 21c Museum Hotel, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, and newly renovated Washington Park - all of which are open or will open within the next few years.  Add it up and it’s obvious why LonelyPlanet.com ranked Cincinnati the No.  3 U.S.  travel destination for 2012.

Museums and historic venues are just two of Cincinnati’s numerous options for out-of-the-box, off-site events.  The newly built Christian Moerlein Lager House, home to the 159-year-old Christian Moerlein brewery, has plenty of space for banquets, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space in addition to its exhibits and educational programs.  It is venues like these, combined with Cincinnati’s warm hospitality, that have attracted some of the world’s most high-profile groups, including the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Baptist Convention.  This month, Cincinnati is proud to become the first U.S.  city to host the 2012 World Choir Games.

With its vibrant metropolis full of endless entertainment options and best-in-class convention facilities, Cincinnati offers something for convention attendees of every demographic.

For more information: Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau - (513) 621-2142  or (800) 543-2613; cincyusa.com

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