All eyes will be on Cleveland from July 18-21 when the city hosts the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena. Close to $3 billion in visitor-related infrastructure development is nearly complete including efforts to renew many facets of the city’s meetings package. Anchoring this redevelopment is the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland, a complex offering a 225,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 35 meeting rooms, and direct indoor access to the new 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown opening in June 2016. By the end of 2016, Downtown Cleveland’s hotel package will total 5,000 guest rooms with the addition of the Hilton, a 122-room Kimpton Schofield Hotel, and a 189-room Drury Plaza.
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334 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
Type of Destination Experience:
Beach, College Town, Gaming, Historic, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (International Exposition Center): 1,100,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (First Energy Stadium): 146,160
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (First Energy Stadium): 41,000
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Hilton Cleveland Downtown): 600
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 4,685
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Miles to downtown 12
Cities with non-stop flights37
International cities with direct flights
Why Meet in Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland has everything a meeting needs to succeed — affordable hotels, posh event spaces, famous restaurants, and national attractions. And, the experts have spoken: Cleveland was ranked No. 4 on the “12 Cities on the Rise” list, singled out by more than 800 meeting planners in the 2014 Watkins Report.
Greater Cleveland as a whole has more than 23,000 guestrooms across all major hotel brands, representing segments from luxury resorts to boutique business accommodations. By the end of 2016, Downtown Cleveland will offer nearly 5,000 guestrooms in 18 hotels.
The high-tech, eco-engineered FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland hosts world-class conventions and connects to both the Global Center for Health Innovation, dedicated to displaying the latest advancements in health-related technology, and the 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown hotel (by June 2016). The downtown convention complex is within walking distance of hotels, entertainment districts, sports venues and lakefront attractions.