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Welcome to the Meeting and Event Planning guide to Kansas City, a city guide for meeting professionals. A charming and cosmopolitan urban center, Kansas City has retained a clean and spacious atmosphere. Its downtown area boasts 200 fountains, more than any other city outside of Rome, while its tree-lined boulevards and many sculptures recall the streets of Paris. Today, the city remains well known for its location on 318 square miles at the meeting of the Missouri River and the Kansas River. With nearly 450,000 people residing in the city alone, the greater metropolitan area is home to almost two million residents. Among them is a strong Irish community, which has influenced many of the city's newspapers, bands and stores such as Browne's Irish Market, the oldest Irish-owned business in the country.
Getting to Kansas City is remarkably quick and easy. As America's most central city, it is served by flights from either coast just long enough for travelers to watch a single movie. Served by major U.S. carriers flying nonstop to 50 major cities, Kansas City International Airport has received many accolades for customer satisfaction. But air travel is by no means the only option, as 50 million people and numerous major cities are located within a day's drive.
Encompassing more than 800,000 square feet, the Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities can serve all your meeting needs under one roof. The center's impressive spaces are easily accessible from nearby hotels by glass-enclosed skywalks and underground walkways.
The Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Conference Center is not the only grand event space available to planners, as other large Kansas City event venues can also be found dispersed throughout the city. The College Basketball Experience, a nod to the city's strong ties to the hoops, can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Approximately 5,200 guests can sit theater-style at the popular KCI Expo Center, while the Riverfront Community and Convention Center, 30 minutes outside the city, can accommodate over 400 people in its Riverview Room, affording spectacular views of Landing Park. Adorned in bright lights accompanied by glitzy décor, the ever-popular Kansas City casinos also have several meeting and event spaces for larger groups.
By no means are planners pressed to find non-traditional meeting space either. The Berg Event Space, a spacious urban loft with striking views of downtown, and the Cyber Center, a high-tech meeting facility, both offer unique spots for meetings and events. For an authentic Kansas City experience, Union Station offers majestic spaces such as the Sprint Festival Plaza's hall for banquets of 850 guests or receptions of 1,800 guests. The historic Uptown Theater complex, a renovated theater that offers a 42-foot-long bar, serving area and dressing rooms, offers planners a rare chance to host an event in the space where beloved entertainer Bob Hope once performed. The Aquarium Room at the Kansas City Zoo offers live aquatic views for events of up to 40 people.
The eight-block Power & Light District, part of an $850 million mixed-used district, is a remarkable spot bursting with retail, dining, nightlife and entertainment. Adjacent to the district, the 18,500-seat Sprint Center and the 284,780-square-foot Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Four Fortune 500 companies -- Sprint Nextel Corporation, H&R Block, Embarq Corporation and YRC Worldwide, Inc. -- have headquarters in the city. Additional Fortune 1000 companies such as AMC Theatres and Great Plains Energy also call the city home. The University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University are also in Kansas City.
Kansas City, Missouri, is a town coming into its own. Not since the era when Oregon Trail travelers, fur trappers and Native Americans mingled in this busy commercial center has the city seen the flurry of activity that enlivens the streets today. In true Midwestern fashion, this thriving metropolis has humble frontier origins. Founded as a trading post in 1821 by Francois Chouteau, a Frenchman from St. Louis, the region relied on the steamboats plying the Missouri River for commerce and trade.
Amongst the classic scenery, visitors enjoy a thriving music scene and world-class art museums. Sway to the sounds of the live jazz music at the ever-popular Blue Room, now located in the American Jazz Museum, one of the city's over 40 jazz clubs and host to greats such as Count Basie, Walter Page and Charlie "Bird" Parker. For devotees of other music genres, the Lyric Opera is counting half a century of powerful and innovative programming as the city's oldest performing arts organization. The mainstays of the city's rich art scene are the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the Midwest's finest art institutions, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Not limited to arts and entertainment, the city boasts a bevy of other attractions to satisfy any taste. Explore a full-size reproduction of the steamboat Arabia, which sunk in the Missouri River and lay hidden under layers of topsoil until it was rediscovered 132 years later. Walk among 30 sculptures, including a giant shuttlecock and totem pole, at the Kansas City Sculpture Garden. Since no trip to Kansas City is complete without savoring some of its trademark barbecue fare, stop at famed barbecue joint Arthur Bryant's for a taste of the popular slow-cooked short ribs covered in savory sauce. To fully experience Kansas City's Midwestern soul, visitors will not want to miss the annual grand festival - a rollicking rodeo, barbeque fest, and old-time state fair all rolled into one - called the American Royal.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
With a humid continental climate, Kansas City sees hot, humid summers and cold winters. July days average 78°F, while the winter sees bitter temperatures averaging 29°F and heavy snowfalls up to 20 inches. Ice storms are also common during the winter.
Kansas City lies in the storied "Tornado Alley," a region where cold air from the Rockies and Canada crashes into warm air off the Gulf of Mexico resulting in fierce winds and tornadoes. Though the risk is present year-round, tornados more frequently occur during spring and summer months. Late summer and fall are the seasons to visit Kansas City, as visitors can enjoy the warm days and mild evenings of summer into the cooler, pleasant temperatures of fall.
Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities
Only 20 minutes from the airport, the multifaceted Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Conference Center is located in the heart of downtown and has high environmental standards consistent with the LEED Silver rating. Four art deco pylons of 300 feet each hold up the roof, resulting in the most extensive convention area free of columns in the world and a striking ornament adorning the Kansas City skyline.
The three-story H. Roe Bartle Hall Convention Center encompasses nearly 400,000 square feet of column-free space and boasts 45 meeting rooms, a 46,000-square-foot ballroom, 10,700-seat arena and 2,400-seat theater. Additionally, the Municipal Auditorium offers four separate Kansas City event venues: the Music Hall, Arena, Little Theatre and Exhibition Hall. The Barney Allis Plaza completes the offerings as an outdoor park perfect for festivals and concerts.
Each of the center's first-class meeting rooms features sound-dampening acoustic panels, adaptable lighting and thermostats and simultaneous taping facilities. Amenities include a cutting-edge projection system and Wi-Fi throughout the building. The center also provides a list of approved caterers to provide food and drink service, which is prepared in the kitchen's extensive service areas including 3,000 square feet of kitchen space. Easily walkable from downtown accommodations, the facilities offer guests connections to several major hotels by glass-enclosed skywalks and underground walkways. Parking is also available in the Auditorium Plaza Garage as well as in several private lots.
Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Approximate taxi fare: $55.09 USD
One of the biggest airports in the country, Kansas City International spans 10,000 acres with its three runways, capable of seeing 139 aircrafts per hour. Identified with a code of MCI, the airport was once referred to as the Mid-Continent International Airport, highlighting its equidistance from both coasts. Today, over 11 million passengers per year take advantage of the airport's four terminals that conveniently serve as the central gateways for the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Major U.S. airlines, including Midwest Airlines, for which the city is a secondary hub, fly out of Kansas City International to 50 American cities, most reached within three hours. The airport also offers international service to Canada and Mexico.
Ranking number 1 among medium-size airports in the J.D. Power and Associates airport satisfaction survey, Kansas City International also consistently ranks among the lowest delays of all U.S. airports. Business travelers find the airport particularly welcoming, as it offers free wi-fi connectivity and a business center in each terminal. Travelers with free time between flights can also stop at one of the many eateries and retail outlets available in each of the terminals. Short-term, daily and long-term parking facilities are available, with maximum daily rates being under $18. All parking areas are free for the first half hour.
Airline carriers serving Kansas City International Airport
Kansas City's Metro Area Express, or MAX, travels to various areas throughout downtown, Crown Center and Union Station and Midtown and the plaza, including stops at the convention center, Science City and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Buses run daily from 5 to 1 AM. Fare is $1.25 with free transfers.
Kansas City International boasts 11 rental car companies, including Alamo, Advantage, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz and Thrifty. The rental car companies' shuttles stop at marked shelters at the terminals.
Taxi telephones in the baggage claim areas and outside the terminals at Kansas City International are available for passengers to summon taxi transportation. Taxis take fares of any length and will accept shared rates. The taxi ride to downtown takes about 25 minutes and costs around $33 to $36.
Sit or stand while you ride through the heart of Kansas City's downtown. The 2.2 mile route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops to get you to your destination. The KC Streetcar is free so you can spend your money at the businesses along the route. Convention and meeting attendees can take advantage of the short ride to see more of Kansas City during their trip. Whether attendees are staying by the Convention Center or near Crown Center, they have access to all the amenities downtown KC has to offer.
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