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Charlotte, NC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 166
Total Sleeping Rooms 27,197
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 700
Committable Meeting Rooms* 40
Convention Center Space 550,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 280,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $127
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $214
*Maximum for a single hotel

Charlotte, NC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Charlotte meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planners interested in working with Visit Charlotte.

Exuding a bustling cosmopolitan vibe with a down-home feel, Charlotte offers small town appeal with big city amenities that draw an array of meetings, conventions, tradeshows and sporting events annually. The Charlotte Convention Center features 550,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and is connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame via an overstreet walkway. It's also across the street from the 700-room Westin Charlotte. With a convenient location in Uptown (what locals call the down-town area), Charlotte's convention district is a compact area within walking distance of thousands of hotel rooms, culinary options to suit every craving, cultural venues like the Levine Center for the Arts, which houses the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater, and a vibrant nightlife scene with popular entertainment districts like the EpiCentre and AvidXchange Music Factory.

The Queen City features hundreds of hotel options in the region, including dependable hotel brands, stately bed and breakfasts, and luxury brands like LEED-certified The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

From modern museums to historic plantations and everything in between, unique event venues abound in the Queen City. Known as the center of NASCAR, Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which offer a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a race-themed event. Featuring the largest man-made whitewater river in the world, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers indoor and outdoor meeting space and plenty of teambuilding opportunities both on land and in the water. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features a beautiful, lush scenery, perfect for a meeting, event, or reception set amid an outdoor oasis. For the kid at heart, Discovery Place offers event space surrounded by hands-on activities, explosive experiments, groundbreaking exhibitions and a larger-than-life IMAX theatre. And historic homes like The VanLandingham Estate, Morehead Inn and The Duke Mansion serve up quaint Southern charm tucked away in Charlotte's picturesque neighborhoods just outside of Center City.

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the nation's top 10 busiest airports by take offs and landings, welcomes thousands of convention and meeting attendees each year and is just 7 miles from the Charlotte Convention Center. More than 60 percent of the nation's population lives within a two-hour flight, and most destinations on the East Coast are within a day's drive or ride on Amtrak, making the Queen City an accessible hub and a magnet for growth.

While Center City is walkable and bike friendly, public transportation via the LYNX Blue Line light rail, CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar, and CATS buses offer easy ways to get around town.

*This information was last updated May 2016.

About Charlotte, NC / Additional Info

Charlotte, once known as a sleepy Southern textile manufacturing town, has experienced explosive growth in recent decades. Through the years, Charlotte has flourished to become a sophisticated financial powerhouse filled with Southern culture and charm. One of the fastest growing cities in the country, the Charlotte region is home to an estimated 2.5 million residents.

Some cities are known for their skyline, others for their professional sports, arts, or culinary scene. Still, others are recognized as a great place to conduct business or raise a family. But in Charlotte, the city boasts all of the above and then some.

Charlotte traces its history, as well as its name, back to the late 1700's when the first settlers arrived and named the area after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of British King George III, in hopes of winning the King's favor. The royal nod is also responsible for Charlotte's "Queen City" nickname.

Though the city was the site of the nation's first gold rush, it was not until after the Civil War that Charlotte made a name for itself as a hub for cotton manufacturing and railroad transportation. After the closure of the last cotton mill in 1975, the city evolved into one of the nation's leading banking centers (second only to New York), home to both Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Today, from its Olympic-level whitewater rafting to its NASCAR heritage, award-winning theme park, and mile upon mile of beautiful scenery, the Queen City is an explorer's paradise. It's a haven of charming eateries and fine dining establishments, churning out everything from signature down-home comfort food to international delights. It's a craft beer mainstay and a booming metropolis for big business. And with Southern grace and metropolitan style, it plays host to a vibrant arts and music scene, renowned museums that tout its intriguing history and a professional sports stronghold that spans NFL Football to Major League Lacrosse.

"Charlotte's got a lot" isn't just the city's destination brand – it's a fact.

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