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Norfolk, VA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 33
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,819
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 350
Committable Meeting Rooms* 39
Largest Exhibit Space 215,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 18,382 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $91
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $157
*Maximum for a single hotel

Norfolk, VA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's meeting and event planning guide to Norfolk, a city guide written with meeting planners in mind. With lovely weather and abundant historical, cultural, and recreational attractions, it's no wonder that Norfolk welcomes more than 2 million visitors each year. A standout among convention destinations with a large number of Norfolk event venues, the invigorated city offers a compact, affordable, and easily managed seaside setting for meeting and convention groups.

Travel to the area is a breeze with two-thirds of the U.S. population within one day's drive. Also convenient, Norfolk International Airport is located only 6 miles away from the newly revitalized downtown area. The Tide, Norfolk's light rail system, offers visitors an easy way to maneuver the area, as well as fast access to some of Norfolk's major attractions.

Norfolk offers a variety of hotels and venues ready to accommodate meetings of every size, with about 4,800 hotel rooms citywide (350 committable) and 500,000 square feet of function space in the city, including a downtown area with 1,700 guest rooms and 270,000 square feet of function space.

Norfolk's distinctive essence can also be experienced at any one of many unique event spaces peppered throughout the city. The Chrysler Museum of Art offers a number of spectacular spaces for functions such as the Tiffany Gallery, which can accommodate groups of up to 100 people and features the museum's exquisite collection of Tiffany glass. The museum also offers the 375-seat George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Theatre, featuring state-of-the-art, audiovisual equipment perfect for corporate meetings and presentations. For larger functions, the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center is an 80,000-square-foot waterfront facility that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. With five breathtaking spaces overlooking Norfolk's historic waterway, the Celebration Center has been host to such prestigious events as the luncheon for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the Sail Virginia Governor's Ball.

Norfolk serves as the North American headquarters for NATO and the corporate headquarters of a number of companies, including Norfolk Southern, Landmark Communications, Dominion Enterprises, FHC Health Systems, Portfolio Recovery Associates, and BlackHawk Products Group. Norfolk is also home to high-profile colleges and universities, including Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

About Norfolk, VA / Additional Info

Nestled between the waters of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay, the scenic port city of Norfolk, Virginia, has undergone a stunning urban renaissance. The decades-long renewal has reinvented Norfolk as a thriving hub for finance, culture, shopping, and entertainment while remaining true to the city's rich history and quaint Southern charm. With the riverfront to the west and the bay to the north, the 96.3-square-mile city consists of 42.6 square miles of water. Centrally located along the mid-Atlantic coast, Norfolk is one of nine independent cities and seven counties that make up coastal Virginia. The other cities are Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Poquoson, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. The oldest of the nine cities, Norfolk is widely considered the historic, urban, and financial center of the region.

With a population of nearly 250,000 people, Norfolk is the Commonwealth of Virginia's second-largest incorporated city. Dating back 400 years, the port city of Norfolk played a significant role in American history. Recognized for its easy access to water, the region had long been a strategic military and trading center for the New World. By 1775, Norfolk had already become Virginia's most prosperous city, and it continued to expand with the city's annexation of the nearby naval base in 1923.

Today, Norfolk's naval base is the largest in the world, earning the city the nickname "the Navy Capital." Norfolk's numerous historic, maritime, and patriotic offerings, such as the Cannonball Trail, Fort Norfolk, Historic Ghent, the MacArthur Memorial, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House, are a testament to its prominent and multifaceted role in American history. As the heart of culture for the region, Norfolk is home to a thriving art scene that includes d'Art Center, the Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Hermitage Museum, and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. See pieces by renowned artists Renoir, Degas, and Monet at the nationally acclaimed Chrysler Museum of Art and check out the newest addition to the arts scene, the Chrysler Glass Studio.

Beyond the arts, Norfolk offers a number of attractions that reveal the area's charm and natural beauty. Take a stroll through 155 acres of azaleas, roses, and more at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience Norfolk's maritime history at Nauticus, a 120,000-square-foot maritime-themed science center designed to resemble a military ship, and tour the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Or stop by Norfolk's surprisingly hip downtown core, which features the NEON arts district, upscale shopping, antique stores, and a lively cruise port.

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