Welcome to Cvent’s Albuquerque meeting planning guide – an Albuquerque city guide for meeting planners. Bursting with culture and entertainment options, Albuquerque is also a city of many surprises that will have planners thinking twice before passing over this diamond in the Southwestern desert terrain. Albuquerque ranked as the 7th Best Big City Art Destination by AmericanStyle magazine, as well as one of the "Top 10 Places to Live" by relocateamerica.com. Such accolades surely encourage the three million people visiting the city annually, but tourists are not the only ones reaping the benefits. Eventful.com also named Albuquerque among the Top 25 most "eventful" cities in 2007, edging out big city hotspots such as Baltimore and St. Louis.
For meetings and conventions, the Albuquerque Convention Center provides everything needed to conduct a successful event. This multi-purpose facility has over 600,000 square feet dedicated to meeting and convention space, making it capable of hosting over 9,000 attendees. A modern, attractive and well-planned building located downtown, the center is just a short distance away from 900 hotel rooms as well as restaurant and nightlife options. Free wi-fi access, in-house catering offering custom and themed menus and covered parking spaces top an extensive list of first-class amenities.
In addition to a state-of-the-art convention center, Albuquerque provides guests with a number of venues and activities suitable for private functions. The city's excellent public transportation system offers easy access to almost anywhere within the city. Visit Sandiago's Mexican Grill to enjoy traditional Mexican and New Mexican cuisine. Located at the base of Sandia Peak, Sandiago's offers 3,000 square feet of space and is capable of seating up to 150 guests. Or, for a one-of-a-kind outing, several of Albuquerque's famed balloon companies offer both themed and corporate adventures. Participants in these hot air extravaganzas will delight in spectacular bird's eye views of the Rio Grande Valley.
Albuquerque is also an ideal spot for a trip to a winery, as it is the oldest wine making region in the nation. Spanish missionaries planted grapes in the Rio Grande Valley 150 years before California was even producing wine. Host a memorable and elegant event at the Casa Rodeña Winery or Gruet Winery, situated just inside the city limits.
Affordability has long defined Albuquerque as a favorite destination for visitors and businesses alike. This budget-friendly city was named the number 1 Most Affordable Vacation Spot by AAA in 2007. According to the Runzheimer International Guide to Daily Travel Prices, Albuquerque's per diem of $210 makes it among the least expensive of 15 cities surveyed, including other Southwest hotspots such as Tucson, Las Vegas and Phoenix. In Albuquerque, guests find the same wealth of attractions as in other such cities, but at much less cost.
Albuquerque is a hub for a number of large high-tech research companies including the University of New Mexico, Intel, Sandia National Laboratory and Eclipse Aviation. The University of New Mexico, one of the two largest state universities in New Mexico, is also located in Albuquerque.