Welcome to Cvent’s Santa Fe meeting planning guide – a city guide for Santa Fe meeting planning professionals. Santa Fe's breathtaking landscape, rich heritage and culture, and electrifying spirit have made it a favorite for business and leisure travelers alike. The city is frequently the recipient of awards and praise; not surprisingly, over 1.2 million people visit New Mexico's capital city every year.
Easily accessible, Santa Fe is located just an hour outside of New Mexico's largest airport, Albuquerque International Sunport. As the state's major air gateway, Albuquerque International offers non-stop service to 30 cities throughout the United States. Transportation within the city is just as convenient, thanks to public bus service and a light rail system. Many guests, though, find that this fairly-compact city is best explored by foot.
When it comes to meetings and conventions, both planners and attendees will sing the praises of the 72,000-square-foot Santa Fe Convention Center. A sparkling jewel in the city's meetings crown, this Pueblo Revival-style building is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, within walking distance of retail, restaurants and attractions, as well as 1,500 guest rooms. The center boasts an impressive 40,000 square feet of event space, spread across fantastic Santa Fe event venues such as the 2,500-square-foot art gallery and nearly 18,000-square-foot ballroom. What's more, the Santa Fe Convention Center is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, thanks to its rainwater and irrigation system, recycling centers and other eco-friendly features.
Smaller events will not be at a loss for space in Santa Fe, as the city offers an additional 184,000 square feet of unique space. Host a reception of up to 150 guests at the foyer, galleries and courtyard of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which features a collection of more than 3,000 American modernist works. Paying homage to Santa Fe's native arts, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture celebrates the diverse cultures of the Southwest and is a memorable backdrop for black-tie galas of up to 800 people. Meanwhile, Geronimo – New Mexico's only Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond restaurant – makes a fantastic private event space for smaller lunch and dinner events.
The government is the largest employer in Santa Fe, followed by the hospitality industry. The city has recently seen a rise in technology-based businesses, and, with more than 240 art galleries and dealers, it is considered to be the 3rd largest art market in the United States. Higher learning holds a strong presence in Santa Fe, home to St. John's College, the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.