Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Salt Lake City, a city guide for meeting professionals. Having hosted ASAE's Annual Meeting, Winter Olympic Games, MPI's World Education Congress, the Deaf Olympic Games, Rotary International's annual convention and the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, Salt Lake is no stranger to accommodating large events. The Salt Palace Convention Center is the city's primary meeting venue. With over 679,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, it's among the West's newest, largest and most technologically advanced centers. Conveniently located in the heart of the vibrant downtown, the Salt Palace is within walking distance of 7,200 hotel rooms, as well as 140 bars and restaurants.
Adjacent to the Salt Palace is the $2-billion City Creek Center. It's an incredible upscale mall that features over 100 restaurants and stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Company, Microsoft, TUMI, Michael Kors and Porsche Design. Within two blocks of the Salt Palace are admission-free art and cultural museums, historic pioneer homes, the world's largest genealogical library, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Connecting the downtown convention district is an efficient fare-free light rail system.
Salt Lake is served by all major U.S. airlines, and it is Delta's second largest hub. Over 700 flights arrive and depart each day, providing nonstop service to over 100 other cities. Due in part to its mild year-round climate, Salt Lake International has repeatedly been the nation's #1 on-time arrival and departure airport according to the DOT. The airport is just eight miles/ten minutes from the convention district, and is connected by a light rail line. For those arriving by car, interstates I-15 (running north/south) and I-80 (running east/west) intersect in Salt Lake.
The city is situated in a flat valley at 4,200 feet, while the majestic Wasatch Mountains rise abruptly from the city's edge to a dramatic 11,000 feet. This stunning geological feature offers incredible views in every direction, and also provides endless year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Blessed with low humidity and abundant sunshine, downtown Salt Lake successfully hosts meetings and conventions throughout the year.