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Monroe-West Monroe, LA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 21
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,841
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 12
Largest Exhibit Space 50,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 14,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $314
*Maximum for a single hotel

Monroe-West Monroe, LA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Event and Meeting Planning Guide to Monroe-West Monroe – a city guide for meeting professionals. A northeast Louisiana city with a small town atmosphere, Monroe-West Monroe is home to unique shopping, delicious regional cuisine, rich history, outdoor adventure and a host of fantastic meeting and sports facilities. The 2012 recipient of Sports Events Media Group's Readers' Choice Award for excellence in the sports event planning industry, Monroe-West Monroe sits along the Ouachita River across from its twin city of Monroe.

Easily accessible from I-20 and located between Jackson and Shreveport, Monroe-West Monroe serves as a northeast Louisiana travel hub, thanks to the nearby Monroe Regional Airport. Monroe Regional Airport serves as the original home of Delta Air Lines and today offers direct flights to Atlanta, DFW, Memphis and Houston. The airport also offers direct access to the Monroe Transit public bus system, which operates Monday through Saturday from 6 AM to 6:40 PM. The nation's oldest publicly owned transportation system, Monroe Transit provides service to such major destinations as the Monroe Greyhound station and the Monroe Civic Center, which serves as one of many local event facilities.

The largest meeting facility in northeast Louisiana, the Monroe Civic Center spans 31 acres and houses 22,000 square feet of convention center space and an attached 46,000-square-foot arena with stadium seating for 7,600. Delegates have their pick of 15 meeting rooms, a 14,000-square-foot conference hall, 2,000-seat theater and more gathering spaces. A second meeting and event facility choice, the West Monroe Convention Center sits within easy reach of dozens of restaurants, hotels and shops, and offers 13,000 square feet of event space throughout three conference halls, an executive board room, three meeting rooms and a lobby.

Beyond the Monroe Civic Center and West Monroe Convention Center, the Monroe-West Monroe area is home to several unique venues that serve as both attractions and group gathering spots. Groups can reserve private tours of the beautiful English gardens, historic home and exhibits at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, the former home of Joseph Biedenharn, the founder of the Coca Cola industry and one-time Monroe City Commissioner. Monroe's Masur Museum of Art – the largest visual arts museum in northeast Louisiana – showcases a 500-piece permanent collection and offers a variety of group-friendly lectures, classes and workshops. Team building opportunities abound at Monroe's Bayou Bowl, a 40-lane bowling center complete with pool tables, an arcade, lounge and bar and grill. Groups can hold outdoor events at the 160-acre Kiroli Park, which among jogging and nature trails, a fishing pond, gardens and conservatory, features a climate-controlled lodge and covered picnic areas for events. Groups can quench their thirst at the family-owned and -operated Landry Vineyards, which produces quality regional wines, offers free tastings and features cellar and winery tours by appointment.

About Monroe-West Monroe, LA / Additional Info

Known for its charm, variety of shopping options, beautiful outdoor spaces, and for being the hometown of the stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty series, West Monroe offers business travelers a range of museums, galleries, parks, and big city amenities. Established in 1883, West Monroe is historically known as a small farming community that got its name in 1880 from railroad workers who needed to name a new city just west of its twin city of Monroe. Monroe–West Monroe was home to Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, who was actively involved in the city's cultural and artistic development until his death in 1952. Today, the Monroe and West Monroe area shines with a variety of cultural attractions ranging from the largest visual arts museum in northeast Louisiana to the richly appointed Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, located in one of the last standing buildings from the World War II Selman Field Army Air Corps Navigation School.

Beyond its cultural sites, the Monroe–West Monroe area is a hotbed for shopping, as it's home to Pecanland Mall, the largest mall in northern Louisiana; as well as Antique Alley, a 40-shop stretch of Trenton Street deemed a “shopaholic's paradise” by Southern Living. Visitors can stock up on their A&E Duck Dynasty-related gear at the Duck Commander store in West Monroe, which is attached to the Duck Commander warehouse and frequented by the Duckmen themselves. Outdoor adventures can be had at Monroe's 80-acre Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, which boasts naturalistic habitats home to more than 450 kinds of animals from around the world. The beautiful Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge serves as a great place to canoe, fish, boat, walk, or picnic, and features such highlights as a 1,200-foot wildlife pier extending into the 1,600-acre Black Bayou Lake, an interactive Conservation Learning Center, and a one-mile nature trail.

Monroe–West Monroe is also home to more than 70 restaurants specializing in northern Louisiana flair, many of them outfitted with group private dining space. Housed in a former cotton warehouse along the Ouachita River, Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant has served authentic regional cuisine since 1980, while Waterfront Grill on the banks of the Bayou DeSiard is renowned for its grilled entrees and rustic charm. Cotton serves creative Southern cuisine in a sleek downtown Monroe space, while local favorite Catfish Cabin has served a variety of seafood selections since 1972. For a non-regional cuisine meal, locals and visitors alike frequent River & Rail Cantina for its Tex-Mex menu and Ouachita River views.

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