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Shreveport-Bossier, LA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 98
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,670
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 9,016
Committable Meeting Rooms* 20
Convention Center Space 350,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 95,006 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $99
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $298
*Maximum for a single hotel

Shreveport-Bossier, LA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Shreveport-Bossier meeting planning guide—a city guide for meeting planning in Shreveport and Bossier City, LA. The sister cities of Shreveport-Bossier are collectively known as "Louisiana's Other Side," blending Cajun attitude and Texas spirit. Nestled in the northwest corner as they are amid the borders of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mississippi, Shreveport event venues, combined with the entertainment and event spaces in Bossier City, can offer affordability, variety, and proximity to the region known as Ark-La-Tex.

Approximately 634,000 people passed through the gates at Shreveport Regional Airport in 2014. A small hub served by four airlines, Shreveport Regional has more than 62 scheduled arriving and departing flights per day. In addition to direct destinations, travelers can connect to nearly 250 other domestic and international destinations through one-stop service. Interstates 20 and 49 also provide drive-in accessibility from locations in the surrounding states, including Dallas—just 2.5 hours away.

The Red River flows between Shreveport and Bossier City. Six Las Vegas-style casinos pepper both sides of the riverfront, creating one of the largest gaming destinations in the South. Luxury hotel accommodations and big-name entertainers are found at each of the 24-hour riverboat casinos.

Chief among Shreveport meeting facilities, the 350,000-square-foot Shreveport Convention Center is the second-largest convention center in Louisiana. The connected 313-room Hilton Shreveport Hotel offers planners the option to book their convention center and headquarter hotel under one Hilton contract.

Alternatively, located off Interstate 20 and I-220, the Bossier Civic Center Complex offers 24,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and seating for 3,000. Larger groups can be accommodated in a stand-up reception, and there are upstairs meeting rooms.

Prime shopping and fine-dining attractions in Shreveport are located along Line Avenue and southeast Shreveport. The Red River District, a riverfront entertainment enclave, located one-half mile from the convention center, offers after-hours entertainment. Or stroll over to the Bossier City venue Louisiana Boardwalk, a unique riverfront shopping, dining, and entertainment destination that includes a 128-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

Shreveport-Bossier offers many meeting facilities. After-hours entertainment awaits groups at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, where attendees can meet in a private event space while enjoying top-quality Thoroughbred racing. At Shreveport's Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center groups can dine, take in an IMAX movie, and explore its one-of-a-kind space center. Broadway and off-Broadway shows are held at the historic Strand Theatre, which also offers for private receptions in its elegant foyer.

When it comes to meeting facilities, Shreveport-Bossier offers a central location, affordability, and quality with various facilities—including more than 11,000 hotel rooms and numerous unique, alternative meeting sites, capable of hosting events of all sizes.

About Shreveport-Bossier, LA / Additional Info

The Shreveport-Bossier area's population exceeds 430,000 as the third-largest metropolitan area in Louisiana. Shreveport is known as the commercial and cultural center of the Ark-La-Tex, the point where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. The Shreveport side of the Red River was founded in 1836. The city was named for Captain Henry Miller Shreve, and who was responsible for clearing the river of a 100-mile logjam and opening it to commerce. On the opposite bank, Bossier City began in 1840s as a small trading post. As in most riverside cities, the epicenter of trade was and continues to be the Red River, even today. Exported commodities, sent to much of the Midwest, included timber, oil, and cotton. In the early 1900s, Caddo Parish, the seat of government, was the center of the oil and gas industry, which fueled the city's economy until the 1980s recession.

Today, the Red River continues to be the heart and soul of Shreveport-Bossier. The cities have transitioned to a hospitality economy, centered on the arrival of riverboat gambling in the mid-1990s. This prompted revitalization of the downtown and riverfront areas, including lighting of the Texas Street Bridge with neon lights. Presently, six casinos and one racetrack are located on the riverfront, adding to the flurry of activity.

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