Named one of the "Top 10 Hottest Meeting Destinations of the New Millennium," Memphis beckons meeting planners with its outstanding collection of modern meeting facilities and iconic assortment of its unique Memphis event venues. With approximately 230 days of sunshine every year, a number higher than beach mecca Miami, Memphis offers the perfect climate to take advantage of it all.
Easily accessible by train, plane or automobile, Memphis welcomes visitors with Southern hospitality served with an edge of rock and blues. Memphis offers over 20,000 hotel rooms, including the 468 rooms at the historic Peabody Hotel, which dates back to 1925 and is a proud member of the National Register of Historical Places. The majority of Memphis' accommodations are located only a few blocks away from the city's most enticing attractions including Beale Street, the Memphis Rock 'n Soul Museum and the famous Graceland.
While this southern city does not lack accommodations, it also does not lack meeting space. With over 190,000 square feet of meeting space, the Memphis Cook Convention Center is the largest meeting facility in the city. The center boasts the 2,100-seat Cannon Performing Arts Center and the 125,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, which overlooks the river. Planners can also elect to host an event at the $250 million music-themed FedExForum, the home court of NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. FedEXForum houses numerous event spaces including the 130-seat casual Lexus Lounge restaurant and a 12,500-square-foot Grand Lobby. Agricenter International, a technology and environmental center for agriculture, is also available for private events. The center offers an idyllic pastoral setting, with spaces such as the 80,000-square-foot Expo Center and the multipurpose Show Place Arena.
Immortalized in music and movies, the city of Memphis brings to mind several attractions that serve as the perfect locales for an authentic, unforgettable meeting experience. Synonymous with the city, Graceland is a truly one-of-a-kind meeting space. Host a dinner at the 1950s Rockabilly's Dinner, capable of accommodating 65 people, or invite up to 300 guests to a cocktail reception at the Ticket Pavilion. Private nighttime tours of Graceland for groups are also sure to impress. Experience Memphis' charm at the Cadre Building located in a former bank in the heart of the city. Now a historic landmark, Cadre can accommodate events of 50 to 1,000 guests in spaces such as its Grand Ballroom, complete with gold leaf molding and champagne-colored drapery.
Live performances of blues, jazz and gospel are Memphis' lifeblood, and coupled with world-famous barbecue, the city's dining options are ideal for dinners and receptions. Host a rockin' reception at B.B. King's Blues Club, which combines live jazz and mouth-watering cuisine, or opt for a more low-key experience with an elegant dinner at the famed Peabody Hotel's Capriccio Grill, which can host up to 150 guests.
Memphis' location on the Mississippi River and at the meeting point of two major interstate highways has made the city a major hub for the transportation and shipping industry. In addition to having the world's busiest cargo airport, Memphis is the home base for FedEx shipping as well as 150 other businesses that include AutoZone and International Paper. The city is also home to the University of Memphis, Rhodes College and the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center.