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Columbus, OH Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 125
Total Sleeping Rooms 15,726
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 633
Committable Meeting Rooms* 36
Convention Center Space 1,700,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,000,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $99
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $288
*Maximum for a single hotel

Columbus, OH Meeting Planning Overview

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.

About Columbus, OH / Additional Info

The largest city in Ohio and the 15th-largest city in the U.S., Columbus is an ever-evolving metropolis ripe with energy, flavor and magic. Located halfway between Cleveland and Cincinnati at the geographic center of the state, Columbus is situated where the Scioto and Olentangy rivers meet. A surprisingly distinctive destination, this sparkling city is home to an eclectic collection of arts districts, restored neighborhoods, quiet parks and public markets, which are quickly escalating the city to the status as the core of Ohio arts and culture.

Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 and became Ohio's state capital in 1816. Today, the Columbus region is home to a population of two million people. Columbus continues to be one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the United States. This skyrocketing growth is largely due to the area's superior quality of life. People from more than 125 different countries around the world have migrated to the metro area to become "Columbusites" and enjoy the lifestyle of this open, smart, clean and friendly city.

The Columbus cityscape combines towering skyscrapers with meandering parkland and a medley of endearing neighborhoods. Distinctive neighborhoods peppered throughout the city give Columbus its characteristic charm. Just north of downtown Columbus, the Short North Arts District offers an eclectic blend of galleries, restaurants, pubs and boutiques. Adjacent to the convention center, the Arena District is hopping with professional sports, concerts, restaurants and bars. To the south of downtown, German Village is a lovingly restored neighborhood featuring 19th century historic homes, urban gardens, restaurants and shops nestled along quaint, brick-paved roads. Steps from the German Village, the Brewery District lives up to its name with fine restaurants and small microbreweries serving an extensive selection of beers and ales.

The independent spirit of Columbus' neighborhoods spills over into the area's blossoming art scene. The arts play such a prominent role in the city's identity that some have nicknamed it "The Indie Art Capital of the World." Columbus is home to four historic theaters: the Lincoln, Ohio, Palace and Southern. These majestic Columbus event venues set the stage for some of the city's most prestigious performing arts groups including the Columbus Symphony, BalletMet, Broadway in Columbus, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Opera Columbus. The city also boasts the Columbus Museum of Art and the contemporary, internationally known Wexner Center for the Arts.

With so many offerings, the arts in Columbus have been creating quite a buzz. A dynamic destination, Columbus also offers a number of distinctive attractions that convey the city's unique spirit including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, COSI science center, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, downtown parks (Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile), Jack Nicklaus Museum, and the Topiary Park.

 
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