Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 10 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Charlotte

Randy Smith, CMP
Charlotte’s got a lot

Look closely at Charlotte and you’ll discover a lot. With easy accessibility, unique venues and exciting attractions, Charlotte is a top-notch destination for meetings, conventions and trade shows. Approximately 60 percent of the nation’s population lives within a two-hour flight, making Charlotte an accessible hub and a magnet for growth. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the world, welcomes thousands of convention attendees each year and is just seven miles from the Charlotte Convention Center. Charlotte's Center City, the convention district, is a walkable and compact area with more than 4,500 hotel rooms and nearly 100 restaurants as well as cultural venues like the Levine Center for the Arts, attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a vibrant nightlife scene with entertainment districts like the EpiCentre and NC Music Factory.
Although Charlotte is a city on the move, growing up hasn’t stripped this first-rate metropolis of its warmth and southern charm. Known as the Queen City (named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England), Charlotte lives up to its royal namesake with its rich history and culture, flavorful culinary scene, shopping options and regal southern hospitality offered at every turn. The growing number and diversity of attractions and offerings for every age have turned Charlotte from a pit stop into a destination. The most persistent problems visitors encounter is too little time to explore all that the Queen City offers.