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Cleveland: A New Meetings and Convention Package

If affordability, accessibility and first-class facilities are the main drivers in choosing a host city for your next open year, then Cleveland should be on your list as a destination to consider.

The city’s passion for the meetings and convention industry is fueled by $3 billion of visitor-related infrastructure development alongside the new Cleveland Convention Center and future 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

With the addition of new hotels, parks, restaurants, nightlife, and residencies, Cleveland is being recognized as a “Top place to visit in 2015” by the likes of Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, New York Times and LA Times.

Located in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, the Global Center for Health Innovation is the only health care meeting place of its kind in the world. Meeting planners have one-stop access to health care resources and direct access to the Cleveland Convention Center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, opening in 2016.

Hilton Cleveland Downtown recently celebrated its topping out ceremony – moving the project one step closer to its June 2016 opening. The first convention center hotel in Cleveland, the 600-room Hilton provides meeting planners with 55,000 square feet of meeting space and access to the Cleveland Convention Center through the lobby.

A $423 million development project located along the Cuyahoga River, downtown’s Flats East Bank is Cleveland’s newest lifestyle district. Host your meeting at the Aloft Cleveland Downtown and follow it with teambuilding activities on the boardwalk. At the end of the day, attendees can enjoy the area’s many restaurants and entertainment venues.

Slated to open in summer 2017, the approved $25 million Pedestrian Bridge will allow meeting attendees to easily travel from multiple downtown hotels and the Cleveland Convention Center to major attractions including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Great Lakes Science Center and North Coast Harbor.

The 2.2 million square foot convention center complex is now home to the first transitional theater of its kind in the country. Meeting planners have access to a state-of-the-art live performance space capable of transitioning between a theater seating 3,500 attendees and an arena with a capacity of 7,000.

First-time meeting attendees to Cleveland should explore the outdoors during their free time and enjoy the region’s many parks and 100-mile Towpath Trail. Cleveland encompasses more than 52,000 acres of outdoor recreation between the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 10th most visited national park in the country.

Phase I of Downtown Cleveland’s new wayfinding system is nearly in place to help attendees find their way around the city during their convention visit. The new signs located at major intersections feature “heads-up” mapping indicating landmarks and attractions within a five-minute walking radius of the sign.

The Cleveland Convention Center offers meeting planners a 225,000-square-foot exhibit hall floor with room to hold 1,000 tradeshow booths in addition to 35 breakout rooms with virtual meeting capabilities. A sustainable facility with LEED Gold-certification, the convention center is connected to the Global Center for Health Innovation and future Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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