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Little Rock, AR Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 71
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,132
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 418
Committable Meeting Rooms* 20
Convention Center Space 220,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 82,892 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 18,362 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $87
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $345
*Maximum for a single hotel

Little Rock, AR Meeting Planning Overview

Known for its charming hospitality and rich history, Little Rock, Arkansas, has recently undergone a vibrant renewal and welcomes you and your attendees to explore the state capital as a breath of fresh air for your next event. Little Rock has a variety of affordable meeting venues and guest rooms throughout the city. Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River is the Downtown Convention District, which offers attractions, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, all within walking distance or accessible via the popular METRO Streetcar. Explore the city and see why "Meetings Are Better with a Southern Accent."

Warm Southern hospitality, affordability and accessibility are just a few of the reasons Little Rock is popular with meeting planners and its over 5.4 million annual visitors. Centrally located on two fronts, Little Rock is situated in the geographic center of the state and country. By car, Little Rock is less than two hours from Memphis, five hours from Dallas and less than eight hours from Atlanta, St. Louis and New Orleans. For those traveling by plane, this sunbelt city is just as convenient. Clinton National Airport offers approximately 90 flights per day, with over 15 non-stop flights to gateway cities.

Once in the city, planners are greeted by around 6,000 hotel rooms that can meet any price point. In fact, over 1,300 rooms are conveniently found within a five-block radius of the city's convention centers, the Statehouse Convention Center and the Robinson Center. Situated in Little Rock's charming downtown, the Statehouse Convention Center features approximately 220,000 square feet of space. With an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and four multi-use foyers, this sleek center is an ideal choice for both tradeshows and pre- and post-event affairs.

Just steps away from the Statehouse Convention Center, the prestigious Robinson Center Music Hall is Little Rock's premier performance facility. Traveling Broadway shows, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, performing artists, and conventioneers have all shared the pleasure of performing and gathering here. Featuring seven room configurations totaling nearly 25,000 square feet overlooking the Arkansas River, the Robinson Center is one of the most special Little Rock event venues for a wide range of meeting and convention needs.

For memorable meetings, Little Rock's cityscape also boasts a number of exciting venues. Imagine having a breakout session on a WWII submarine, in a presidential library, in a LEED-certified building within an urban farm, or in an award-winning distillery. Views of the Arkansas River are easy to come by, as well as easy to access, and nowhere in the city is too far away.

About Little Rock, AR / Additional Info

Spanning 105.4 square miles, Little Rock is the state capital and most populous city in Arkansas. Nestled along the banks of the Arkansas River in the geographic center of the state, Little Rock is home to approximately 198,606 people. Meanwhile, its entire metropolitan area, which extends across six counties, is home to approximately 666,401 people. Widely considered Arkansas' historic, economic and cultural center, Little Rock combines distinctive local flavor with historic sites, inviting attractions and stunning surroundings.

Named "La Petite Roche" by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in 1722, Little Rock was once a well-traveled river crossing. The city became the seat of territorial government in 1821 and later the state capital in 1836. The city truly took center stage, though, during the United States Civil Rights Movement in 1957. It was then that Little Rock made global news as federal troops were sent to the city to enforce a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against segregation in public schools.

One can explore Little Rock like a local through a series of unique neighborhoods. Downtown is home to the vibrant River Market District, the Main Street Creative Corridor, and SOMA, all featuring unique local cuisine, cultural experiences, local art, and great shopping. The Clinton Presidential Center and headquarters of Heifer International, among other attractions, are located in this area of the city. In Midtown, one can find the trendy Heights and Hillcrest areas, with engaging architecture around every corner, as well as more local art, shopping, and food, the Little Rock Zoo, and War Memorial Park. West Little Rock is home to a variety of lodging and restaurants, which are surround by the beauty of the Natural State in the form of Pinnacle Mountain State Park, among other nature areas. The Southwest area of town is home to the world-class UA-PTC Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute and the Outlets of Little Rock, with more than 70 stores and surrounded by restaurants. Nearby North Little Rock also has a lot to offer, including Verizon Arena and Dickey-Stephens ballpark, home of the Arkansas Travelers - all just a short ride away by the Little Rock METRO street car!

Little Rock does offer its fair share of historic attractions, but it's far from behind the times. Little Rock has connected past and present with modern attractions such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Home to the nation's most sophisticated presidential library, the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton School of Public Service, the center offers an intriguing look at turn-of-the-century American history and features an exact replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room, as well as the first school of its kind. Little Rock has also stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to the environment. It's even home to one of the greenest buildings in the nation, located at the Heifer Village & Urban Farm, which guests can tour during the week.

When night falls, visitors can get a true taste of the city's distinctive flavors at one of its many phenomenal restaurants. From unique local and international cuisine to Southern comfort fare, guests will not want to miss out on all of the regional specialties Little Rock has to offer. After dinner, visitors can catch a show, enjoy the sounds of the symphony, or simply listen to live music emanating from the many piano bars, dance clubs and pubs in the River Market District. After just one day, guests are quick to see why Little Rock has big appeal.

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