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Cincinnati, OH Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 69
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,125
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 872
Committable Meeting Rooms* 40
Convention Center Space 750,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $136
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $148
*Maximum for a single hotel

Cincinnati, OH Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Cincinnati meeting planning guide — a Cincinnati city guide for meeting planners. The riverfront city of Cincinnati is more in demand than ever as a top Midwest destination for conventions, trade shows, and conferences. Meeting planners can take advantage of the fact that Cincinnati has many of the same features and attractions of major metropolitan centers such as New York and Chicago but does not involve the headaches of big city travel or the same price tag. Plus, with a location only 500 miles away from 60% of the U.S. population, guests will not feel the least bit inconvenienced by an invitation to this Midwestern city.

Renovations at the city's main meeting space, Duke Energy Convention Center, have propelled it to the position as the Midwest's best-in-class center. With 200,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the center is capable of accommodating 75% of the existing convention, conference, and meetings market in the United States. Guests also enjoy its convenient downtown location, just a few blocks from many shopping and entertainment attractions and within walking distance of Cincinnati meeting hotels with over 3,500 sleeping rooms, many of which are connected by skywalks.

In addition to the convention center, Cincinnati offers large and unique meeting facilities, including Music Hall, which recently underwent a $143 million renovation. It is located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the largest historic district in the United States. Host an unforgettable reception for up to 500 guests at the Music Hall's lavish Springer Auditorium, home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera. Invite 75 people to dinner among the unique exhibits of the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center, which was hailed by The New York Times as one of the most important American buildings constructed since the end of the Cold War. Consider welcoming guests at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, home to three prominent city museums that offer flexibility in their event spaces. These Cincinnati event venues are just the tip of the iceberg; Newport Aquarium, Anderson Pavilion at Smale Riverfront Park, the French House, and The Transept all offer magnificent spaces that can be transformed for any affair.

Cincinnati is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies. Proctor & Gamble, American Financial Corporation, Duke Energy, The Kroger Co., and Macy's have headquarters in the city. The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University are there as well, while Miami University and Northern Kentucky University call the greater metropolitan area home.

About Cincinnati, OH / Additional Info

Situated on the northern bank of the Ohio River on the Ohio-Kentucky border, Cincinnati was settled in 1788. Ringed by seven gentle hills, the city's riverside location made it a central point for westward expansion and trade. By 1820, young Cincinnati became America's first major "boom town," soon rivaling East Coast cities in size and wealth. Known as one of the first major inland U.S. cities to be established without heavy European influence, Cincinnati is often thought of as the first truly American city.

Over 200 years after its founding, Cincinnati has expanded well beyond its original seven hills, with a population of over 365,000 residents in the city and over 2 million in the greater metropolitan area. Holding on to its American heritage, Cincinnati is home to many professional sports teams, including a baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, and an NFL football team, the Cincinnati Bengals. Today, the paddle-wheelers, which used to crowd the docks of the city as they ferried products and people during the 19th century, continue to cruise the waters of the Ohio River as sightseeing vessels. Every year, riverboats from ports all along the Ohio and Mississippi travel to Cincinnati to celebrate their colorful heritage during the Tall Stacks Festival.

Cincinnati plays host to numerous other festivals throughout the year. During the summer months, nearly 500,000 people gather to attend the annual Taste of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Music Festival presented by Procter & Gamble. In the fall, Cincinnati celebrates its German heritage with Oktoberfest, the second-largest festival of its kind in the world, while more than 400,000 spectators gather to watch the Labor Day weekend fireworks display in conjunction with the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Riverfest. In addition, the inaugural Blink Festival in October 2017 attracted more than a million people. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something extra to entertain visitors in this happening city.

Aside from its exciting events, Cincinnati offers a wide array of world-class cultural attractions. Travel & Leisure magazine calls Cincinnati "a town of best-kept secrets" because of its modern approach to architecture, food and attitude. The Cincinnati Art Museum stands head to head with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Chicago Institute of Art. The Aronoff Center for the Arts attracts headliners such as Broadway musical West Side Story and comedy superstar Chris Rock. Spacious Eden Park, the city's premier green space, is home to the award-winning Krohn Conservatory and Gardens, as well as the nationally ranked Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the second-oldest zoo in America.

Famous for its creative cuisine and thriving cultural scene, Cincinnati has received many accolades. Forbes magazine named Cincinnati the best city for nightlife in the region, based on its large number of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs per capita. Its brewing heritage also earned it a spot on Business Insider's list of the 10 best beer cities in the country. Try some of Cincinnati's notorious chili at Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, or Dixie Chili. With over 140 chili restaurants to choose from, visitors are bound to find the perfect bowl to satisfy their appetites. Slice into short rib cappellacci with shallot, Amish butter and thyme at Sotto, a traditional Italian trattoria in the heart of the business district. Cool the palate with a scoop of refreshingly sweet ice cream from Graeter's Ice Cream, founded in 1870. Though the city continues to evolve into a modern metropolis, it has clearly not forgotten its roots as a kind, quaint Midwestern town.

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