Welcome to our Shreveport meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning in Shreveport, 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 250,000 people passed through the gates at Shreveport Regional Airport in 2009. A small hub served by 5 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 the surrounding states, including Dallas – just 2.5 hours away.
The Red River flows between Shreveport and Bossier City. Five 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 a 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 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 9,000 hotel rooms and numerous unique, alternative meeting sites, capable of hosting events of all sizes.