The seat of Rapides Parish in Louisiana, Alexandria is home to over 47,000 residents. Though small in size, the city has big things to offer when it comes to meetings and events. With it’s central location in the heart of Louisiana, its more than 2,000 hotel rooms, and many event venues, Alexandria has much to recommend it.
Alexandria is fewer than 4.5 hours from Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson, Mississippi. Through Alexandria International Airport (AEX), groups can arrive by air from Atlanta, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth on American, Delta and United airlines.
Chief among convention venues in Alexandria, the Riverfront Center has over 35,000 square feet of usable space and can host everything from small corporate meetings to large conferences. Its total capacity is 1,250 people for banquets or 3,400 people theater-style. Riverfront Center can also host trade shows of up to 178 10-foot-by-10-foot booths. Exterior space is available for groups looking to take advantage of riverside views and sunny Louisiana skies.
Hotel venues in Alexandria offer top-notch meeting space in addition to accommodations. Adjacent to the Riverfront Center, the Alexander Fulton Hotel has 140 hotel rooms and eight guest suites, along with a ballroom with 11,088 square feet of space plus breakout spaces. The Baymont Inn & Suites and Sai Convention Center, connected via covered walkway, are just five miles from the Alexandria International Airport. The Baymont has 171 rooms and the convention center has an impressive 22,400 square feet of meeting space. It has a combined total of 20 meeting rooms and in-house catering service.
More Alexandria meeting space can be found at the Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center. With 3,300 square feet of event space, the Best Western can accommodate 10 to 500 guests. In nearby Pineville, the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson has two meeting rooms that can be combined to seat up to 76 guests. Other Alexandria meeting hotels include the Inn at MacArthur, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites.
Alexandria has several options for alternative event spaces. The 5,477-seat Rapides Parish Coliseum is a regular host to concerts, World Wrestling Entertainment shows, sporting events and tradeshows. The coliseum also has a 23,000-square-foot exhibition building and 65,000-square-foot agriculture complex for livestock shows. Perfect for groups in need of a professional conference space, the Learning Center for Rapides Parish has a large conference room for 100 people, several small classrooms and two computer labs. In Pineville, the Kees Park Community Center seats 250 guests theater-style.