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Ontario, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 38
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,228
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,565
Committable Meeting Rooms* 33
Convention Center Space 225,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 69,325 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 20,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $92
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $54
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $150
*Maximum for a single hotel

Ontario, CA Meeting Planning Overview

An accessible and picturesque location, Ontario, California, is a stunning example of how a destination can successfully blend small-town charm with big city amenities. Though many of its local businesses trace their historic roots back generations, Ontario is also home to a number of modern corporations with up-to-date technology and infrastructure. In fact, more than 3.8 million square feet of office space is now under development in the Ontario area.

One such advanced facility is the Ontario Convention Center. Offering 225,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the center features the latest technology, including wi-fi, 30 miles of fiber optic cabling, video conferencing and a full range of audio-visual services. The center is also forward-thinking in its many green-friendly programs, which include the donation of unused food to the local Salvation Army; the purchase of only sustainable and environmentally sound seafood products; and a dedication to source locally grown products and organic produce when possible. Additionally, the center is convenient, as it's located in the heart of downtown within just minutes of the airport and more than 10 convention hotels.

Full of character and life, Ontario's historic establishments lend themselves well to smaller meetings and events. A true testament to the region's heritage, the San Bernardino County Museum offers private rental spaces throughout its captivating exhibits and outside in its lush courtyard. Crafting award-winning wines for over 85 years, the Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards is also a great venue for events of up to 100 people, whether they are private wine tastings and dinners, business meetings, fundraisers or elegant receptions. Or, for a team building activity that's distinctly Southern California, schedule a group outing to the Graber Olive House. Since 1894, this historic attraction has been giving guests the chance to experience the long-established tradition of curing and canning Graber Olives.

Whether exploring downtown or journeying to points of interest in nearby Rancho Cucamonga and Clarement, guests to Ontario will enjoy smooth travels thanks to the city's easy and affordable Omnitrans bus line, which has five routes in Ontario. The city itself is extremely accessible as well. Offering over 220 daily flights to nearly every major U.S. destination, the LA/Ontario International Airport is just two blocks from the Ontario Convention Center. Additionally, the city's location at the apex of three major freeways eases the trip for those traveling by car from destinations such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs.

Ontario's penchant for culinary agriculture is exemplified not only by its many historical attractions and restaurants, but also by its economy. The city's economy focuses on agriculture and service industries, while the region's major employer headquarters include Jacuzzi Brands Corporation, DPI Specialty Foods West, Inc., Classic Containers, Inc., and the Super Glue Corporation. Higher learning also holds a presence in the area, as Ontario is home to Providence Christian College, the University of La Verne College of Law, Chaffey College Ontario Campus and Chapman University Ontario Campus.

About Ontario, CA / Additional Info

Ontario's sterling reputation spans far beyond its convention and meeting convenience and excellence, as it's also a relaxing vacation spot. With a superb Southern California central location, the 50-square-mile city is in close proximity to mountains, lakes, beaches and deserts, not to mention popular attractions such as Hollywood and Disneyland. Though with a unique blend of historic buildings and contemporary architecture, more than 400 acres of parks, and plenty of must-see attractions all its own, Ontario gives guests little need to travel beyond its city limits.

With a strong base in agriculture, Ontario's history is still very much celebrated today. The city traces its roots to the arrival of brothers George and William Chaffey from Canada more than a century ago. The Chaffeys and early settlers planted lemon and orange groves and built fruit-packing plants, setting the stage for the region's subsequent olive groves and vineyards, which for the most part remain today. In fact, agriculture remains important to the city's economy, and Ontario shares a wine-making heritage with the region's Cucamonga Valley, which is still home to some of California's oldest wineries.

Guests can learn all about Ontario's achievements in citrus farming, wine making and more at attractions such as the Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards, Galleano Winery and the Graber Olive House, home of the world-famous Graber olives. The Ontario Museum of History and Art is also a great look at the history, art and cultural traditions of the Ontario area, featuring exhibits on the city's founding and its communities. Meanwhile, the San Bernardino County Museum focuses on the culture and history of Ontario and the greater Southwest in general, offering three floors of exhibits, a cactus garden and hands-on live animal gallery.

Ontario's more modern attractions are equally captivating. Shopaholics are right at home its 1.7-million-square-foot Ontario Mills, Southern California's largest outlet shopping mall. Also one of the most popular attractions in the state, Ontario Mills boasts over 250 major stores, specialty shops, restaurants and more. Meanwhile, the brand-new Citizens Business Bank Arena offers 9,500 seats and the best in sports, entertainment and more. It's also home to the Ontario Reign hockey team, an affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings. Another popular spot for sports fanatics is Ontario's California Speedway, one of the country's top venues for motorsports and the yearly venue for the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR.

After a day of exploring all Ontario has to offer, guests can kick back and enjoy some delicious SoCal cuisine at one of many area restaurants including Pacific Grille and Citrus West. Or, take advantage of Ontario's proximity to the coast by enjoying fresh seafood at restaurants such as King's Fish House and Market Broiler, which offers 18 fresh fish daily. International fare, from Italian classics to expertly-prepared Asian dishes, can also be found at establishments such as Rosa's Italian Restaurant and Toro Sushi Bar & Grill.

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