Columbus: An Easy Sell for Your Next Meeting
Columbus is thriving and the buzz about Ohio’s capital has been growing across the country. It’s been named a top place to visit by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and TripAdvisor, not to mention a top place to eat by Food & Wine Magazine. It’s also been named a top tech city by Forbes and Smart Asset and among the 50 best meeting destinations in the U.S. by Cvent. More importantly, Columbus has a dynamic convention package that is perfectly designed to fit the needs of direct selling groups.
Easy to Get to and Around
The heart of Ohio is centrally located within just 550 miles of half the nation’s population, just a one-day drive or one-hour flight, making it easily accessible to all. Plus, John Glenn Columbus International Airport has direct flights to more than 40 destinations and making the 10-minute commute from the airport to downtown is easy and economical using the city’s AirConnect express bus service – just $2.75 each way – rideshare or taxi service.
Compact Convention District
The close proximity of the city’s arena to its convention center is the ideal footprint for groups utilizing both spaces. The Greater Columbus Convention Center offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, three ballrooms and 75 breakout rooms. Just one block away, Nationwide Arena can seat up to 20,000 and offers 685,000 square feet of space. Within a few blocks, you’ll find more than 100 unique restaurants. Plus, of the 5,000 hotel rooms in downtown Columbus, 2,700 are connected or adjacent to the convention center, making the city a layout that dreams are made of.
Flourishing Entertainment Options and Amenities
Thanks to Columbus’ moderately priced market, you won’t have to sacrifice the metropolitan amenities your attendees crave just to meet in the country’s 14th largest city. Entertainment abounds in the city celebrated for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods packed to the brim with things to do. It’s also easy to extend a conference into a family vacation with Columbus’ top-ranked zoo, science center and botanical garden; the best ice cream in the country; and year-round sporting events. Even better, the city’s compact footprint means that most of these activities are just steps away from hotels, the convention center and Nationwide Arena.
Safety and Satisfaction Guaranteed
Above all else, your attendees are sure to feel safe, satisfied and secure in this smart, open and welcoming city. Marriott declared Columbus a top destination for solo female travelers, and according to Expedia, Columbus is one of America’s most tourist-friendly cities. Plus, Columbus was named “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” on the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, the only study of its kind to-date, and according to the results, “Safety is the second top-most important reason listed amongst respondents when choosing a destination and Columbus is rated highest in safety/security in the Midwest region by a substantial margin.”
Let Columbus set the standard by which all future meetings are judged. Learn more about the benefits of hosting your even in Columbus at experiencecolumbus.com/directsell.