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Albuquerque, NM Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 166
Total Sleeping Rooms 17,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 350
Committable Meeting Rooms* 33
Convention Center Space 600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 167,562 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 31,164 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $91
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $158
*Maximum for a single hotel

Albuquerque, NM Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Albuquerque meeting planning guide – an Albuquerque city guide for meeting planners. Bursting with culture and entertainment options, Albuquerque is also a city of many surprises that will have planners thinking twice before passing over this diamond in the Southwest. Albuquerque was named the 5th best U.S. destination in Money magazine's “Best in Travel 2017” list, and ranked as the 6th favorite city in America for 2016 by Travel + Leisure. Such accolades surely encourage the 6.2 million people visiting the city annually, but tourists are not the only ones reaping the benefits. SmartAsset named Albuquerque the 7th best city for conferences in 2016.

For meetings and conventions, the Albuquerque Convention Center provides everything needed to conduct a successful event. This multi-purpose facility has over 600,000 square feet dedicated to meeting and convention space, making it capable of hosting over 9,000 attendees. A modern, attractive and well-planned building located downtown, the center is just a short distance away from 900 hotel rooms within walking distance as well as restaurant and nightlife options. Free Wi-Fi access, in-house catering offering custom and themed menus and covered parking spaces top an extensive list of first-class amenities.

In addition to a state-of-the-art convention center, Albuquerque provides visitors with a number of venues and activities suitable for private functions. The city's excellent public transportation system offers easy access to almost anywhere within the city. Visit Sandiago's Mexican Grill to enjoy traditional Mexican and New Mexican cuisine. Located at the base of Sandia Peak, Sandiago's offers 3,000 square feet of space and is capable of seating up to 150 guests. Or, for a one-of-a-kind outing, several of Albuquerque's famed balloon companies offer both themed and corporate adventures. Participants in these hot air extravaganzas will delight in spectacular bird's eye views of the Rio Grande Valley.

Albuquerque is also an ideal spot for a trip to a winery, as it is the oldest wine making region in the nation. Spanish missionaries planted grapes in the Rio Grande Valley 150 years before California was even producing wine. Host a memorable and elegant event at the Casa Rodeña Winery or Gruet Winery, situated just inside the city limits.

Affordability has long defined Albuquerque as a favorite destination for visitors and businesses alike This budget-friendly city was named one of the Top 50 Best Value Cities in 2015 by Trivago.com.

Albuquerque is a hub for a number of large high-tech research companies including the University of New Mexico, Intel, Sandia National Laboratory and Sandia Technology Park. The University of New Mexico, one of the two largest state universities in New Mexico, is also located in Albuquerque.

About Albuquerque, NM / Additional Info

Albuquerque is a city of fascinating history, culture and heritage. One of the best places in the United States to appreciate the real Southwest, the city is a vibrant combination of several different cultures, as over 70 different ethnicities make up the over 840,000 residents in the metropolitan area. Nearly 50 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, with other prominent minorities being Native American and African American. Located at over 5,000 feet above sea level, Albuquerque occupies about 189 square miles between the Sandia mountain range and the Rio Grande Valley. On the upper edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the city experiences a sunny and dry climate and over 310 days of sunshine per year.

The clear skies and mild temperatures make Albuquerque a prime site for enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities, from biking the 15 miles of the Bosque Trail along the Rio Grande, golfing at one of several award-winning courses to skiing on one of 30 trails at the Sandia Peak Ski Area, located only 30 minutes east of the city. Visitors can also take advantage of the glorious sun and warm weather by soaring thousands of feet over the city in a hot air balloon. Known as the hot air ballooning capital of the world, the city is home to numerous ballooning companies and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, where guests can learn about the history of balloons and the technology involved. The city even hosts the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the largest festival of its kind. Stand in amazement of the nearly 600 colorful balloons in a simultaneous lift-off.

Albuquerque boasts a rich and storied history, reflected in many of its present day attractions. Thousands of years ago, Native Americans inhabited the region as a complex and sophisticated culture, with advanced language, art, craft and stone work skills. See their notes from the past, known as petroglyphs, etched into lava flows and boulders at the Petroglyph National Monument. The city itself was later established as a Spanish outpost known as "Ranchos de Albuquerque," where early religious settlers built a small chapel and clusters of adobe homes. Explore the present-day San Felipe de Neri Church in the popular historic Old Town to take a step back into the past and see these still-standing monuments. Or, to take in these thousands of years of history in one spot, visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, which tells the story of the land from the age of the dinosaurs to today.

From savory enchiladas to sweet sopapillas, the dishes of Albuquerque are certainly a big draw for any visitor. A mélange of Native American, Mexican and Spanish flavors and ingredients such as squash, corn and beans, Albuquerque's New Mexican cuisine is served throughout the city at famed eateries such as El Pinto and Sadie's. From the restaurants to attractions to outdoor activities, diversity is what's in store for any Albuquerque visitor, who's sure to leave with both the need—and desire—for another visit.

 
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