The Cvent Wichita meeting planning guide is a comprehensive city guide for Wichita meeting planning professionals. Wichita is a world-class city with its own unique flavor: Boasting big-city amenities at Heartland prices, Wichita event venues combine a multitude of unique spaces, great attractions, and vibrant culture with an accessible location. Situated at the junction of four major highways, three hours southwest of Kansas City and 2.5 hours north of Oklahoma City, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, as well as a center of culture and entertainment.
The city is home to the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, which serves the south-central Kansas region. The airport provides nonstop air service to several major U.S. cities and is located just 10 minutes from downtown. The airport provides public bus service to downtown Wichita via the Wichita Transit Bus System. Operating 17 routes throughout the Wichita area, the bus system also provides direct access to the downtown Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.
Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center sits along the east bank of the Arkansas River, making the center’s location a perfect marriage of parkland and urban downtown. The center features more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, with such sites as its 2,197-seat concert hall; a 45,000-square-foot exhibition hall, complete with downtown views; and a 32,000-square-foot convention hall, which offers tiered seating capability for 4,786 guests. Century II is connected to the 303-room Hyatt Regency Wichita, which offers 28 meeting rooms of its own.
Unique Wichita facilities for special events include the impressive Kansas Aviation Museum, which celebrates Wichita’s heyday as a major mid-continent air travel location and showcases the state’s aviation history. The museum is home to a world-class collection of historically significant, one-of-a kind aircraft and engines, as well as such private event spaces as a conference room, atrium and even a control tower. Elsewhere, the scientifically engaging Exploration Place welcomes visitors to take part in hands-on exhibits, as well as hold private events throughout its series of meeting rooms, halls, theater and main lobby, set against stunning views of downtown Wichita and the Arkansas River.
The Wichita Art Museum, the largest art museum in Kansas, is home to one of the country’s finest collections of American art, expansive glassworks collection and a number of private event spaces. The Museum of World Treasures welcomes private group events in the same complex that houses Egyptian mummies to an ancient sea reptile. Botanica, The Wichita Gardens specializes in special events amid ever-changing scenery, 24 themed gardens and a greenhouse bursting with exotic tropical plants.