Welcome to the Cvent Columbus meeting planning guide, a city guide where you can find hotels, restaurants, other meeting venues, as well as a wealth of Columbus meeting planning information. With a walkable, condensed convention package, entertainment districts, historic neighborhoods, art and culture, Columbus is a highly accessible, clean, manageable city that makes an ideal meeting place.
Although Columbus is a major metropolis, it is extremely navigable and safe. Columbus is located within a one-hour flight or a day's drive from half of the U.S. and Canadian population. Visitors who touch down at Columbus' International Airport find a modern facility just 10 minutes east of downtown. Traversing the city is a breeze, especially with the free downtown connector, the C-Bus.
Visitors to Columbus get a great welcome. Nearly 2,000 Certified Tourism Ambassadors welcome and assist visitors, as do the downtown Capital Crossroads Ambassadors, who focus on the area adjacent to the convention center.
Once inside the city, the convenience continues with nearly 27,000 hotel rooms citywide. Ranging from luxury boutiques to familiar chains, hotel venues in Columbus meet a wide variety of needs and price points.
Convention and meeting facilities abound in downtown Columbus. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers 426,000 square feet of exhibit space, 65 meeting rooms and two ballrooms located just steps away from the vibrant Arena District and Short North Arts District. The convention center has been host to such prestigious organizations as the National Society of Black Engineers, United Pentecostal Church International and Lions Club International. Annual groups include the Arnold Sports Festival, and Thirty-one Gifts.
Beyond the convention center, Columbus offers several other sizable event facilities. Nationwide Arena, Columbus' premier sports and entertainment attraction, can accommodate a wide range of functions from intimate gatherings to large-scale events of up to 20,000 people. Groups willing to travel just outside of the downtown area can utilize the very meeting-friendly Ohio Expo Center, a 360-acre complex offering one million square feet of flexible space. With so much to offer, it is no wonder Columbus welcomes approximately 37.6 million visitors each year.
Aside from its convenient location and world-class facilities, Columbus bubbles with action and activity. The city is host to several renowned festivals including the Columbus Arts Festival, German Village Oktoberfest, Festival Latino and the Dublin Irish Festival. In addition to these events, Columbus is host to the annual Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (an official PGA TOUR event). A celebrated golfing destination, the city was voted number 2 in the Top 50 Golf Cities in America by Golf.com.
The Scioto Mile, a massive revitalization of the downtown riverfront that stretches from the Arena District to Whittier Peninsula, features plazas, parks, bikeways, pedestrian paths, and a promenade that connects the river with the downtown area.
Along with its population, the Columbus economy continues to grow, and it is one of the top 10 economies in the U.S. Many major corporations are headquartered in Columbus, including Nationwide, LBrands (Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works), Cardinal Health, Wendy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW—Designer Shoe Warehouse; Express, Big Lots and more. Additionally, several high-profile colleges and universities call the city home, including The Ohio State University, which boasts one of the largest college campus in the U.S.