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Welcome to the heart of the New Midwest, where there's a new energy fueled by creativity and a renewed spirit in every neighborhood. It all starts here. There's never been a better time to host a meeting or event in Kansas City.
The Kansas City metro - now more connected than ever, thanks to the KC Streetcar - offers more than 34,000 guest rooms, 2,000 of which connect to the convention center, plus a new downtown convention hotel opening in 2020.
Encompassing more than 800,000 square feet, the Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities can serve every meeting need under one roof. Not to mention that the Kansas City Convention Center houses 388,800 square feet of contiguous, column-free exhibit space in Bartle Hall. As part of a $150 million improvement project, the center's meeting space was recently renovated, resulting in one of the largest green ballrooms in the nation.
There's something happening in Kansas City. A new energy. A revolution of creativity, music, food, art, business - a renewed spirit in every neighborhood. A bigger idea of what the Midwest can be. We call it the New Midwest. And it all starts here, in Kansas City.
Here, attendees will savor barbecue, fountains, and jazz - each of which has defined Kansas City since its original renaissance in the 1920s and ‘30s. Those traditions are as strong now as they've ever been, thanks to free-flowing sauce, fountains, and musical notes, all a testament to the city's culture, history, and heart.
Yet the city's art scene has quietly flourished for decades. And while modern artists make waves each day, Kansas City's deep-seated cultural roots continue to add color to its canvas, brush stroke after figurative brush stroke, creating a potent arts scene worth exploring many times over.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
With a humid continental climate, Kansas City sees hot, humid summers and cold winters. July days average 78°F, while the winter sees bitter temperatures averaging 29°F and heavy snowfalls up to 20 inches. Ice storms are also common during the winter.
Kansas City lies in the storied "Tornado Alley," a region where cold air from the Rockies and Canada crashes into warm air off the Gulf of Mexico resulting in fierce winds and tornadoes. Though the risk is present year-round, tornados more frequently occur during spring and summer months. Late summer and fall are the seasons to visit Kansas City, as visitors can enjoy the warm days and mild evenings of summer into the cooler, pleasant temperatures of fall.
Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities
Selected as one of National Geographic's Best Trips 2019, Kansas City has become the capital of the New Midwest. As the publication so aptly put it, now's the time to "revel in the revival" with an expansive convention center in the heart of the city, major hotel brands, recent lodging renovations, and modern travel throughout the downtown corridor - not to mention stunning cuisine, swinging jazz, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene, and luxury retail.
A sprawling, eight-square-block complex, the Kansas City Convention Center is a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate everything from large-scale trade shows to expansive sporting events. The center offers 800,000 square feet of total space - 388,800 square feet of which constitutes contiguous, column-free space, as well as the 46,484-square-foot, LEED Silver-certified Grand Ballroom (the largest green ballroom in the United States), 45 modern meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat fine arts theater, a 10,000-seat arena, two outdoor festival plazas, and more than 1,000 parking spots.
Plus, the convention center is connected to major downtown hotels and parking by skywalks and underground walkways, making transit to and from simple and convenient.
Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Fit for the modern traveler, the new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport will debut in early 2023 and feature 39 gates, updated amenities, and new dining options, all with the convenience that current travelers know and love.
Located three hours from either coast by plane and less than 25 minutes from the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City International Airport touts some of the most affordable fares in the country. Don't expect this to change, either, because it isn't a major airline hub, meaning prices will remain competitive to and from KC.
The Kansas City International Airport continues to grow even during this transitional period, offering hundreds of daily flights to dozens of nonstop destinations, both domestic and international.
Situated in the heart of America, Kansas City has an interconnectivity that drives its thriving crossroads culture. Whether meeting attendees are traveling by foot, bike, scooter, bus, or streetcar, convenience is key.
Ride for free along the 2.2-mile route, which starts at Union Station, passes through the Crossroads Arts District and downtown, and returns by looping around the River Market.
Download the new RideKC app to plan your route, track your ride, and even purchase a $3 day pass to make the most of KC's speedy bus line.
With electric-assisted and pedal-powered bikes and rechargeable scooters, the RideKC System has the right method of transit no matter where your journey begins and ends.
Find rides on the go by using Lyft, Uber, or zTrip, each active in the metro.
Taxi telephones in the baggage claim areas and outside the terminals at Kansas City International are available for passengers to summon transportation.
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