Cvent's Jackson meeting planning guide is an extensive city guide for Jackson meeting planners. Meeting space in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, naturally benefits from the flow of business that is part of the government, but it is also well known for numerous universities that keep the city young, as well as its arts pedigree. The USA International Ballet Competition, for example, has been held in Jackson every four years since 1978 and is worth inquiring about for groups that are meeting during the event.
Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) is a domestic airport served by American, Delta, United, Via, and Frontier Airlines. Five miles east of the city center, the airport offers direct flights to the following cities: Atlanta (ATL), Houston (IAH), Chicago (ORD), Washington, D.C. (DCA), Dallas (DFW), Charlotte (CLT), Orlando (SFB), Orlando (MCO), and Denver (DEN).
The Jackson Convention Complex, one of the largest venues in Jackson, has 330,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 382-seat theater, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, and 33,000 square feet of lobby and reception space.
Hotel venues in Jackson include the 303-room Jackson Marriott Downtown, which has 33,000 square feet of meeting space; the 273-room Hilton Jackson, which has 20,626 square feet of meeting space; the grand, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, formerly the historic King Edward Hotel, which lay dormant for 40 years before 2009 but now has 7,000 square feet of meeting space; and the brand-new, 203-room Westin Jackson, which has 11,602 square feet of meeting space. A boutique choice is the 24-room Old Capitol Inn, which has themed rooms (Elvis Presley or William Faulkner?) and a 5,000-square-foot ballroom, among other meeting space.
Venue ideas for offsite functions include The Commons, the house in which American writer Eudora Welty was born and lived in for most of her life. It has oodles of Southern charm, a coffee shop, a bookstore, and a wonderful garden. Other choices include the Mississippi Museum of Art, right in downtown, which has event space for up to 600 people; Thalia Mara Hall, which has 2,040 seats (and hosts that ballet competition); Mississippi e-Center, part of Jackson State University, which has a conference center, among other event space; Providence Hill Farms, a 1,250-acre retreat set on beautiful rolling hills with a Lake Pavilion and Stable available for parties, fundraisers, and board retreats; and the Mississippi Coliseum, which has space for up to 6,500 people on the site of the Mississippi Fairgrounds.
Southern and soul-food restaurants stand out, but there also are fine-dining venues in Jackson. Three choices in the first category include Char, which offers a variety of hors d'oeuvres, coursed meals, and decadent desserts, along with a private dining space that offers banquet, square, round, crescent, U-shape, and classroom-style seating for large groups; Country Fisherman, which has space for groups of up to 40; and the spacious Hal & Mal's Restaurant & Brewery, which has room for 600 people.