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St. Louis, MO Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 327
Total Sleeping Rooms 37,827
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 20,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 150
Convention Center Space 500,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 145,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 105,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $100
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $66
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $355
*Maximum for a single hotel

St. Louis, MO Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's St. Louis meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning professionals. No stranger to hosting meetings and events, St. Louis is more than prepared to accommodate the needs of any planner. The 500,000-square-foot America's Center convention complex houses five exhibit halls, over 80 flexible meeting rooms, a ballroom, a lecture hall and the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome. Located in the heart of downtown, the center is minutes away from 38,000 hotel rooms in the metropolitan area and various dining establishments and attractions. Travel to farther destinations will not pose a problem, though, as guests can choose from various taxi cab companies and public transportation services of the 46-mile-long MetroLink light-rail or the 50-route MetroBus.

St. Louis certainly does not lack unique meeting facilities either. The culture-rich city is bursting with museums, parks, gardens and St. Louis event venues that serve as a perfect setting for a distinctly St. Louis experience. The Missouri Botanical Garden is 79 acres of gorgeous indoor and outdoor garden displays. Over 11,000 guests can take a seat at The Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor amphitheater, while the Saint Louis Zoo has event space that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. And though its location in the Midwest does not afford mountainous terrain for skiing or coastal beaches for water activities, its continental position keeps it at an enjoyable and temperate climate that averages 45°F in the winter and 87°F in the summer.

St. Louis continues to expand and upgrade what it has to offer. Over $5 billion-worth of new development projects have revitalized the face of downtown St. Louis, with more under way.

About St. Louis, MO / Additional Info

This beautiful Missouri city was founded as a trading post in 1763 by French fur trader Pierre Laclede and his stepson August Chouteau. Bounded by three rivers - the Missouri to the north, Meramec to the south, and Mississippi to the east - it's not surprising that St. Louis has strong ties to the water. When the Steamboat Era came to St. Louis in 1817 and river trade became more efficient and dependable, the city flourished as an inland port for commerce.

During the 1840s, immigrants from Germany, Bohemia, Ireland, and Italy began to stream in, causing the population to soar from 20,000 to 77,860. St. Louis quickly grew into a recognized location for both residents and travelers. As its reputation expanded, its size did as well, furthering growth and development, including the construction of Union Station, the largest and busiest railroad stop in the country. The city was also selected to play host to the 1904 World's Fair and the Olympics, the first games to be held in an English-speaking country.

St. Louis' role as a hub for culture and commerce is still seen in many of its present-day attractions. Laclede's Landing showcases dining and entertainment in preserved historic buildings from the city's original riverfront establishment. Replica steamboats ferry visitors up and down the Mississippi River as they did in the early 1800s. Renowned Italian community "The Hill," established by the influx of Italian immigrants in the 1800s, serves world-famous authentic Italian cuisine, including St. Louis' original toasted ravioli. Forest Park, site of the St. Louis World's Fair and now one of the nation's largest urban parks, still preserves some of the fair's original construction, along with a host of modern attractions such as the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum.

Today, the landscape of St. Louis has been greatly transformed from its humble beginnings as a small riverfront town. As the 18th-largest city in the U.S., over 318,000 people call the city of St. Louis home. Tall buildings, high-rises, and the iconic Gateway Arch populate the skyline, as do the headquarters of large corporations, such as Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto, and Purina.

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