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Cleveland, OH Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 40
Total Sleeping Rooms 39,423
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 600
Committable Meeting Rooms* 35
Convention Center Space 1,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 300,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 16,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $134
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $179
*Maximum for a single hotel

Cleveland, OH Meeting Planning Overview

Looking for Cleveland meeting planning and event planning information? You've come to the right place! Cleveland is a convention-friendly town that prides itself in providing premium hospitality and accommodations for visitors, as well as plenty of Cleveland event venues. There are 23,000 first-class hotel rooms throughout the city, with nearly 5,000 of those conveniently located downtown. Over twenty Cleveland meeting hotels with some 3,100 rooms are located near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Located near beautiful North Coast Harbor on Lake Erie, the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland meets the needs of large-scale Cleveland meeting planning, with 225,000 square feet of space. Highlighting Cleveland's importance as a medical center and host to numerous medical conventions and conferences, the Global Center for Health Innovation, which is adjacent to the convention center, showcases healthcare technology, education, and commerce. The International Exposition and Conference Center next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is one of the largest single-building exposition centers in the world, offering 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space and parking for 7,200 vehicles.

Cleveland has been a favorite destination for conventioneers and vacationers for a long time. With a population of nearly 400,000, this warm, ethnically diverse city offers a wide variety of world-class cultural and entertainment facilities in addition to numerous family attractions. Music is Cleveland's middle name. Whether it is rock and roll, jazz, R&B, or a Mozart symphony, Clevelanders are serious about their music, and planners can easily incorporate this into Cleveland event planning. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays to packed houses at historic Severance Hall, an equal to the finest concert halls in the United States and Europe.

Cleveland is also the birthplace of the term "rock and roll" and the site of the first rock and roll concert. In honor of that heritage, Cleveland invested millions to build the internationally acclaimed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the only facility of its kind in the world. The stunning pyramid architecture is a signature shape on Cleveland's skyline.

Millions visit the glitz and glamour of Playhouse Square every year for Broadway blockbusters, dance performances, dramatic plays, local productions, concerts, and family shows. With five beautifully restored Vaudeville-style theaters and four modern performance spaces, this historic downtown district is widely recognized as one of the largest premier performing arts centers in the country.

Cleveland's famous University Circle is the most concentrated square mile of arts, culture, and educational institutions in the country. It is made up of several acclaimed institutions, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, which houses a world-class international art collection with masterpieces by famous artists like Van Gogh and Picasso – admission is free.

Thanks to its melting-pot population, Cleveland has many terrific ethnic restaurants. Mallorca Restaurant is known for its tuxedoed wait staff, award-winning service, and delicious house specialties such as Paella Valenciana. The city also has its share of exceptional, fine-dining restaurants like Greenhouse Tavern where the chef recently won a James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef – Great Lakes,” and Michael Symon's Lola Bistro & Wine Bar. Chef Michael Symon, known for winning the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” competition, was also voted one of the "Ten Best Chefs in America" by Food and Wine magazine.

Cleveland has a flourishing nightlife with hip clubs and bars scattered throughout the city and the Warehouse District. The Warehouse District includes such hot spots as the premier dance club The Velvet Dog, complete with a rooftop patio and downtown views.

If your specific Cleveland meeting planning or event planning is to revolve around sports or has a sports theme, then you're in luck. Home of NFL's Cleveland Browns, American League's Cleveland Indians and NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland is a great sports town with a year-round schedule of professional and minor league games. The Gateway District, a major part of the city's ambitious revitalization efforts, includes Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians play, and Quicken Loans Arena, home court for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Visitors find it easy to get around Cleveland with ample transportation services that include buses, taxis, light rail, and shuttles. Taxi fares are metered at a rate of $2.24 per mile with the addition of a $2.75 trip fee. Taxi fares from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Downtown Cleveland (approximately 14 miles one-way) average $35. A rapid transit train also serves the airport and costs $2.25.

About Cleveland, OH / Additional Info

Wrapping around the banks of the Cuyahoga River and the southern shore of Lake Erie on the north, Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio, with a population of 389,521. The Greater Cleveland metroplex, with more than two million residents, is the largest metropolitan area in the state. Established in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga, it became a burgeoning manufacturing center in the 19th century due to its strategic location at the head of numerous canals and railroad lines. As heavy manufacturing declined in the 20th century, Cleveland businesses diversified into financial services, insurance, healthcare, and other service-oriented industries.

As a result of an ambitious downtown revitalization and urban renaissance, Cleveland has transformed itself from a former factory town to a sparkling, cosmopolitan center that’s benefiting from more than $4 billion in visitor-related infrastructure development.

The Cleveland skyline is dominated by three architecturally distinct buildings. Built in 1991, the 57-floor Key Tower is the tallest building in Ohio and formerly the tallest building between New York and Chicago. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the sleek post-modern skyscraper helps define the Cleveland skyline. When Key Tower was built, it surpassed the historic 1930 Terminal Tower, which had been the tallest skyscraper for 60 years. At 52 stories tall, Terminal Tower is another beloved shape on the city's skyline. Built in 1985, the third tallest skyscraper is the 200 Public Square building. At 45 stories, the imposing building was originally headquarters for Standard Oil of Ohio.

A major banking center, Cleveland is home to The Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank, one of twelve in the nation, and headquarters for many Fortune 500 companies including KeyCorp, Sherwin-Williams, Medical Mutual of Ohio, and American Greetings. Dozens of hospitals and medical centers are also located in Cleveland, including the internationally recognized University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cleveland Clinic, and the MetroHealth Medical Center.

Cleveland's cultural scene rivals that of much larger cities, with distinguished collections at the Great Lakes Science Center and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Cleveland Museum of Art, with 45,000 works of art, is known for its definitive pre-Columbian, medieval Asian, and European art collections including masterpieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and Dalí.

A centerpiece for Cleveland's performing arts culture is Playhouse Square, the largest theater restoration project in America. Five historic 1920s vaudeville and movie palaces, Ohio, Allen, State, Connor Palace, and Hanna, have undergone extensive renovations and now give theater-goers world-class experiences on par with what's found in New York and London, such as Broadway blockbusters, Jersey Boys, Wicked, and The Color Purple. With a total of 10,000 seats, Playhouse Square is second in size only to Lincoln Center in New York.

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