The Cvent Fresno meeting planning guide is a comprehensive city guide for Fresno meeting planning professionals. With a reputation for sunny weather and three national parks as neighbors, Fresno, California's 5th-largest city, is a year-round playground with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Range as its backdrop. A thriving agricultural industry with major financial institutions and a strong college scene enrich this energetic San Joaquin Valley town, and the Fresno event venues include many of the region's foremost facilities.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport has nonstop services to and from major cities that include Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Guadalajara (Mexico) and San Diego. Additionally, Amtrak connects visitors to the rest of the country via the San Joaquin rail line. The city's FAX (Fresno Area Express) offers 17 fixed bus routes with more than 100 buses, and reliable taxi services make it easy to get to and from meeting sites. The Fresno area also features public transportation options to our nearby National Parks. For $15 groups can take a ride up to Kings Canyon National Park to see some of the biggest trees in the world, and for $30 they can take a trip to the world-famous Yosemite National Park.
The Fresno Convention Center complex spans five downtown blocks and boasts five state-of-the-art facilities. The largest, Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall, has 66,371 square feet of exhibit space, 16,000 square feet of lobby space and 20 meeting rooms. Valdez Hall, a multi-purpose facility, offers 32,000 square feet and 10 meeting rooms for a banquet for 2,000 or a board meeting for 12. The superb William Saroyan Theatre seats 2,353.
Hotels near the convention center that offer meeting space include the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton. Located across from Selland Arena (9,300 seats), the Doubletree features the Robert A. Schoettler Conference Center, which offers 20 meeting rooms and a ballroom for keynote events of 1,200 or banquets for 900. The downtown area has a total of 685 hotel rooms within a mile of the convention center with over 46,000 square feet of additional meeting space.