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Palm Springs, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 187
Total Sleeping Rooms 17,712
Largest Exhibit Space 112,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $101

Palm Springs, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's meeting and event planning guide to Greater Palm Springs – an areawide guide for meeting professionals. Located within a short drive from the gateway cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Greater Palm Springs is Southern California's meeting oasis, offering the best of cosmopolitan convenience in a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Realizing its standing as a world-class meeting destination, the destination has invested hundreds of millions in expanding its meeting facilities in its nine unique cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. This dedication to inventory renewal, combined with the quality and variety of hotels, venues, and unique off-site group acitivies, makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal location for meetings, conventions, tradeshows and special events.

Making the most of the stunning desert landscape, the Palm Springs Convention Center has created an inspiring meeting oasis, offering 112,000 square feet of carpeted exhibit space, 18 breakouts, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, and an 18,000-square-foot lobby with panoramic views of the majestic 10,833-foot high Mount San Jacinto. Thoroughly modern, the center offers state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the facility, ample rigging points, floor-accessed power and water, and a 9-bay loading dock. The center adjoins to the 410-room Renaissance Palm Springs and is located within walking distance of 1,600 of Palm Springs' 6,700 guest rooms. Downtown Palm Springs is located just a few minutes' walk from the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Many of Greater Palm Springs' cultural attractions and gourmet restaurants double as unique meeting locations. Palm Springs' midcentury modern architecture is celebrated at such sites as the 1964 Dinah Shore house. This secluded, 1.3-acre desert oasis compound is exceptionally private and features 7½ bathrooms between the main house, the guest house overlooking the pool, and the casita adjacent to the tennis court. It is located within Old Las Palmas, Palm Springs' most sought-after neighborhood.

For another residential experience, groups can gather at Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Located in an 1883 handmade pueblo constructed of reclaimed and found objects, the museum takes visitors through a tour of the home's 100-year history. History buffs would also enjoy meeting at one of the nation's largest collections of World War II aircraft - the 50,000-square-foot Palm Springs Air Museum - which offers private events for up to 3,000 people. Many of Greater Palm Springs' world-class restaurants also serve as private event spaces. The famous Melvyn's, located at the Ingleside Inn, serves American fare in a luxurious, glamorous atmosphere throughout four intimate dining rooms. Serving sumptuous French fare paired with award-winning wine, Cuistot's rustic French farmhouse atmosphere, particularly its private wine room, is perfect for private dining. In Rancho Mirage, Wally's Desert Turtle serves continental cuisine amid Peruvian artifacts and hand-painted murals and features two private dining rooms and two semi-private dining rooms.

About Palm Springs, CA / Additional Info

Surrounded by majestic mountains and stunning natural views in all directions, having more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and featuring an international, open-air airport, Greater Palm Springs invites meeting attendees to arrive stress-free, feel inspired, and get rejuvenated during their time in this Southern California oasis. Located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains to the west, Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, and San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park to the north, the destination is home to about 10,000 palm trees, including California's largest oasis of indigenous California fan palm. Averaging only 5.5 inches of total rainfall each year, the destination is popular with meeting planners for its spacious outdoor venues and breathtaking scenery.

In the early 1900s, when Hollywood movie stars and directors were barred from traveling more than 100 miles from their studios in case their services were needed, they looked east to Palm Springs in search of a haven. It became the go-to destination for Tinseltown's most glamorous stars and continued into the 1960s.

Today, Greater Palm Springs' ties to the entertainment industry include the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, both drawing artists, stars, and glitterati from around the world. As a vacation oasis and ideal business getaway, the resort cities of Greater Palm Springs offer world-class shopping, dining, and attractions. Greater Palm Springs is also known for its recreation, as it features more than 100 golf courses, 50,000 pools, and 600 tennis courts.

Some of the most popular attractions in Greater Palm Springs celebrate the region's unique history and rich culture. The prestigious Palm Springs Art Museum houses a fantastic collection of contemporary and western American art, including American photography and contemporary American Indian works, while the Malki Museum and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' Cultural Center highlight the region's first inhabitants - the Cahuilla Indians.

Other Greater Palm Springs attractions celebrate the outdoors. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens takes visitors along a journey through the deserts of North America and Africa, while the Indian Canyons - consisting of Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon - offer hikers serene, scenic routes through untouched wilderness rife with flora and fauna.

 
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