Columbus: A Destination on the Rise
Columbus, the 14th largest city in the United States as well as the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, is a smart and open community with a dynamic convention package that can fit the needs of any group. Located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population, Columbus is easily accessible for all. Upon arrival, groups will love exploring a place that is fast becoming known as one of the nation’s most creative, forward-thinking and exciting cities. Celebrated for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings; exciting collegiate and professional sports teams and events; and spectacular riverfront with a sprawling ribbon of parkland on the Scioto Mile through downtown, this city on the move has something for everyone. At the heart of Columbus’ burgeoning downtown, lively urban entertainment districts and diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, sits the 1.8-million-sq.-ft. Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). In July 2017, the GCCC completed a $140 million renovation and expansion project, highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. Supporting the package are 4,250 rooms available downtown and 2,250 rooms connected/adjacent to the convention center. There are currently 1,000 additional hotel rooms under construction in downtown Columbus. A 468-room expansion of the Hilton Columbus Downtown will create a 1,000-room convention hotel connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center by 2022. Not to mention, all of Columbus' unique neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind entertainment offerings are available on foot or via a free ride on the CBUS circulator. Alternative transportation services such as Uber, Lyft, CoGo (bike-sharing) and FreeRide offer additional options to explore beyond the city limits. Don't forget to check out the self-driving shuttles offering passenger service along the Scioto Mile! Columbus is home to four Fortune 500 companies, including L Brands (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, etc.), American Electric Power, Nationwide and Cardinal Health. Other major corporate headquarters of note in Columbus include Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, Express, Hexion, Huntington, Mettler-Toledo, Red Roof Inn, Rogue Fitness, Safelite, Scotts, Wendy’s, White Castle and Worthington Industries.
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Columbus is within 550 miles, just a one-day drive or one-hour flight, from nearly half of the U.S. population.Eight airlines and their regional affiliates serve John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). Major carriers (in order of most flights) are: Southwest, American, Delta and United. Air Canada, Frontier, OneJet, Spirit Airlines and Alaska Airlines (beginning March 2019) also service John Glenn International. More than 150 daily flights depart CMH to 40 destinations nonstop. In 2017, the newly renovated CMH served 7.5 million passengers. John Glenn International is just eight miles, or 10 minutes, from downtown. Taxis and ride-sharing services are available at the airport, as well as the AirConnect express circulator that stops at the convention center and downtown hotels. Five highways run through the city, including two major interstate highways, I-70 and I-71, making it easy to get downtown from any direction.
Distance from airport
- John Glenn Columbus International Airport
12.87 km from city center
Short North Arts District
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus Coffee Trail
Greater Columbus Convention Center an SMG Managed Facility
Hold your next convention, social event, public show and trade show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and discover what so many other people already know: This is a great convention destination in the middle of a vibrant downtown.
- Exhibit space34,653 sq. mTotal meeting space167,225 sq. m
There has been a tremendous amount of buzz about Columbus in recent years, with national recognition including: - New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019 - Food & Wine's declaration that it is one of 32 Places to Go (And Eat) in 2019 - Columbus is one of America's Best large cities in 2018 according to Resonance Consultancy research - TIME (again) named Columbus one of the 10 Best Big cities - Columbus is the best American city to work in tech according to Smart Asset - Marriott called Columbus a top destination for solo female travelers - Columbus ranked "Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest" by J.D. Power in the 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study - Columbus won the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge Experience Columbus’ highly skilled services team, led by Bill Behrens, CMP, CTA, director of convention services and two-time ESPA Convention Services Manager of the Year, will work closely with your team to be sure that attendees have a terrific experience in Columbus and that the event meets – and exceeds – your objectives for an outstanding meeting. Other staff members, such as marketing, public relations, and visitor services, will be hands-on as well. Columbus is a pioneer in the Experience Dedicated™ Destination Program, aimed at creating a positive experience for every visitor with defined metrics. We work with the entire local travel and tourism industry to continually collect data about the visitor experience and to implement changes which improve the overall visitor experience throughout Greater Columbus. Experience Columbus initiated the Greater Columbus Tourism Ambassador Program in 2013. We work with front-line employees and volunteers at attractions, restaurants, hotels and transportation companies around Central Ohio to provide a destination-wide culture of quality service. Look for the CTA pin, worn by more than 2,200 people who have earned the Certified Tourism Ambassador™ national designation, the largest number of active CTAs in the country.