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Asheville, NC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 71
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,684
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 515
Committable Meeting Rooms* 28
Largest Exhibit Space 45,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 25,148 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $159
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $311
*Maximum for a single hotel

Asheville, NC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Asheville meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning in Asheville, NC. For many familiar with its vibrant mountain beauty, thriving artisan community and proximity to such extraordinary venues as Biltmore Estate, Asheville is a beloved destination. Meeting venues in Asheville are abundant from The Omni Grove Park Inn to a beautiful mountain farm setting.

Asheville's metropolitan area has a varied yet balanced mix of knowledge-based enterprises, advanced manufacturing, professional services, and growth industry companies. Asheville successfully embodies a fresh mix of eclectic sophistication within a culturally and economically diverse community.

Just 10 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville is easily accessible with service to nine major cities. Averaging 25 flights a day the Asheville Regional Airport serves over 600,000 passengers a year. The Asheville Regional Airport was ranked #1 for connectivity for similar sized airports in the U.S. according to a 2013 study conducted by MIT's International Center for Transportation. Once in town, visitors to Asheville find getting around the city easy and affordable. Asheville Transit operates a convenient system of buses that cover most of the area. Taxis are plentiful in Asheville, and rental cars remain an attractive option for visitors.

Asheville meeting venues offer a number of options for hosting events of all sizes. Downtown's Asheville U.S. Cellular Center provides more than 83,000 square feet of space In 2014, the U.S. Cellular Center completed a series of renovations including the remodeling of the nine meeting rooms, new arena seating, upgraded concourse and concessions areas, the lobby & ticket office areas and a new entrance plaza. The Western North Carolina Agricultural Center has over 65,000 square feet of enclosed meeting space. In addition, Asheville has a number of hotel meeting options ranging from 2,500 to 55,000 square feet. Whether a group is large or small, it will find the perfect venue in Asheville.

About Asheville, NC / Additional Info

Tucked away among the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Asheville lures visitors with its natural beauty, thriving arts scene and historic charms. Asheville is renowned for its unique culture, health-conscious vibe, eclectic food scene and welcoming spirit.

Home to more than 85,000 people, Asheville has continued to grow since its founding in 1784. Originally falling within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, Asheville's development can be found on the streets of its historic district and collection of Victorian style homes. Industrial barons and the nation's wealthy discovered the beauty of the region, and chose the area to establish winter residences. Today, more than 9 million visitors come and experience the area's hospitality annually. Visitors can tour America's largest home, Biltmore Estate, which features a 250-room mansion, opulent gardens winery and plenty of outdoor activities.

Asheville's eclectic downtown hums with art galleries and street musicians, sidewalk dining, nationally recognized independent bookstores craft breweries and bakeries for canines. The heart of the city is a living testament to community's mountain-born spirit of independence – independent businesses, independent people, and singular beauty. Yet, for all its unique offerings, Asheville's downtown resonates with the warmth and friendly charm of a walkable Southern town.

Named one of the best cities in America for outdoor activities and for active-lifestyle visitors, Asheville provides a number of options for health and environmentally-minded guests. Rafting, fly-fishing, ziplining, road cycling, hiking, trail running, mountain biking – all of these activities are available here. Explore the expansive natural beauty of Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or drive one of the America's most scenic motor roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Dining is serious business in Asheville where the Foodtopian Society offers a culinary paradise. Groups will find a thriving farm-to-fork mentality, a beloved community of tailgate markets, and restaurants with cuisines that range from Italian and French to New South and Caribbean. A different flavor experience awaits groups on every corner. Dine al fresco, eat upscale or nosh on artisanal chocolates.

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