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Huntsville, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 50
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,871
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 295
Committable Meeting Rooms* 30
Convention Center Space 170,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 100,800 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 23,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $91
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $131
*Maximum for a single hotel

Huntsville, AL Meeting Planning Overview

The Cvent Huntsville meeting planning guide is a comprehensive city guide for Huntsville meeting planning professionals. Known as "Jewel of the South," Huntsville's unique blend of Southern elegance and cosmopolitan attractions make it a prime destination for meetings and events. In fact, a host of lively events keep the approximately 2.5 million annual visitors to the city entertained year-round. Festivals such as the famous Big Spring Jam, one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast, and the Panoply Arts Festival, a three-day outdoor festival and Huntsville tradition for over 25 years, are just a few of the events representing Huntsville's accommodating spirit.

A reputation for lively events is only the beginning of Huntsville's allure for planners. Easily accessible by interstate highway, Huntsville is within a day's drive of one-quarter of the U.S. population. The city is only 90 minutes away from Nashville, Birmingham and Chattanooga and three to four hours away from Atlanta and Memphis. Visitors traveling by air find the Huntsville International Airport conveniently located just 12 miles from downtown. Offering approximately 80 flights per day on virtually all of the major carriers, the airport is a convenient way for travelers from all over to reach the city.

Just minutes away from the airport, the expansive Von Braun Center is Huntsville's premiere meetings facilities. Featuring over 170,000 square feet of meeting space, the center also boasts a 10,000-seat arena, 2,153-seat concert hall and the 502-seat Playhouse Theater - perfect for seminars and award ceremonies. In addition to catering services, event staffing, wireless Internet access and high-tech audio-visual equipment, the center offers accommodations at the connected Embassy Suites Hotel and at the Holiday Inn Downtown right next door.

Meeting space and lodging also combine at the Westin Huntsville, the first Westin in the state of Alabama. With 210 fully-appointed guest rooms, the hotel features a 7,972-square-foot ballroom and a 792-square-foot boardroom perfect for lively receptions or formal gatherings. Amenities such as flat-screen LCD televisions, high-speed Internet access and indoor and outdoor pools make the Westin Huntsville the perfect hotel for mixing business with pleasure.

Several unique Huntsville event venues are also on hand to give attendees a true Huntsville experience. Host a meeting amidst the masterpieces of the Huntsville Museum of Art or the flowering blooms of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Dine under the massive Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, which can accommodate events of up to 4,000 people. Or, get in touch with Alabama's roots with an event at Alabama Constitution Village. Up to 200 people can mingle at its Grand Hall, while large events of up to 1,000 people can be held at its Roundhouse.

Huntsville's economy is deeply rooted in defense and aerospace technology, though in recent years, the city has diversified into the fields of biotechnology, manufacturing, telecommunications, electronics and IT development. Several high profile companies are headquartered in Huntsville including ADTRAN, Intergraph, Avocent, Deltacom, Inc., and Cinram. In addition, several colleges and universities call the city home including Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and Oakwood University.

About Huntsville, AL / Additional Info

Spanning 148 square miles, the scenic city of Huntsville is fringed by the mesas and rolling hills of the Tennessee River Valley. The county seat of Madison County, Huntsville is the largest city in northern Alabama, with over 185,000 residents in the city alone. Its metro area of over 435,000 residents continues to expand; in fact, Forbes magazine has projected Huntsville to be one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country.

Steeped in American history, Huntsville was Alabama's first English-speaking city, played a significant role in the American Civil War, and was integral in the development of the United States' space program. Today, a number of historic sites celebrate this rich heritage. Take a trip back to 1819 with a walk through the Federal-style buildings of the Alabama Constitution Village. Marvel at the state's largest collection of pre-Civil war homes at the poplar Twickenham Historic District.

Nicknamed the "Rocket City," Huntsville's history in space exploration is evident in a number of fascinating attractions. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the world's largest space attraction, is a must-see. Experience weightlessness at the center's Space Shot Exhibit or journey into the great beyond watching one of the films shown at its digital theater. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, visitors can take a tour through one of NASA's largest installations.

Historic sites and fascinating space centers are just the beginning of Huntsville's many offerings. Visitors will find a number of activities that offer a chance to experience the scenic beauty of this welcoming city. For golfers, Huntsville features the celebrated Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Encompassing 21 courses in eight cities in Alabama, the golf trail begins with the 54-hole Hampton Cove Course in Huntsville. Visitors can also enjoy the aromatic blooms of the 110-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden, explore the fascinating formations at Cathedral Caverns State Park or drive through the free-range animal park at Harmony Park Safari.

With all it has to offer, it's no surprise that Huntsville attracts people from all over the world. In fact, more than 100 different languages and dialects can be heard on the streets of the city. Perhaps nowhere else is Huntsville's international diversity more evident than in its wide array of sumptuous cuisine. From the savory German fare of Ol'Heidelberg restaurant to the tastes of Tuscany at Luciano Italian Restaurant, Huntsville offers flavors as diverse as its residents.

Still, no trip to the city would be complete without sampling the Southern specialties of the region. Indulge in biscuits with gravy, fried catfish, pecan pie and more, all served with trademark hospitality. Visitors can experience the home-style cooking and cozy ambiance of the popular Sweet Tea Cafe or head over to 801 Franklin and sample the fried green tomatoes in an upscale atmosphere. Just like these hearty Southern favorites, Huntsville's welcoming spirit and first-class attractions are guaranteed to satisfy.

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