Welcome to our Charlotte meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planners interested in working with Visit Charlotte.
Exuding a bustling cosmopolitan vibe with a down-home feel, Charlotte offers small town appeal with big city amenities that draw an array of meetings, conventions, tradeshows and sporting events annually. The Charlotte Convention Center features 550,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and is connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame via an overstreet walkway. It's also across the street from the 700-room Westin Charlotte. With a convenient location in Uptown (what locals call the down-town area), Charlotte's convention district is a compact area within walking distance of thousands of hotel rooms, culinary options to suit every craving, cultural venues like the Levine Center for the Arts, which houses the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater, and a vibrant nightlife scene with popular entertainment districts like the EpiCentre and AvidXchange Music Factory.
The Queen City features hundreds of hotel options in the region, including dependable hotel brands, stately bed and breakfasts, and luxury brands like LEED-certified The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
From modern museums to historic plantations and everything in between, unique event venues abound in the Queen City. Known as the center of NASCAR, Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which offer a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a race-themed event. Featuring the largest man-made whitewater river in the world, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers indoor and outdoor meeting space and plenty of teambuilding opportunities both on land and in the water. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features a beautiful, lush scenery, perfect for a meeting, event, or reception set amid an outdoor oasis. For the kid at heart, Discovery Place offers event space surrounded by hands-on activities, explosive experiments, groundbreaking exhibitions and a larger-than-life IMAX theatre. And historic homes like The VanLandingham Estate, Morehead Inn and The Duke Mansion serve up quaint Southern charm tucked away in Charlotte's picturesque neighborhoods just outside of Center City.
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the nation's top 10 busiest airports by take offs and landings, welcomes thousands of convention and meeting attendees each year and is just 7 miles from the Charlotte Convention Center. More than 60 percent of the nation's population lives within a two-hour flight, and most destinations on the East Coast are within a day's drive or ride on Amtrak, making the Queen City an accessible hub and a magnet for growth.
While Center City is walkable and bike friendly, public transportation via the LYNX Blue Line light rail, CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar, and CATS buses offer easy ways to get around town.
*This information was last updated May 2016.