As Columbia,S.C. boasts more than 300 days of sunshine annually and year-round temperate weather and is home to a thriving downtown, rich history and Southern charm, it’s no wonder the capital city has become a hot spot for meetings and conventions. With 537,449 square feet of affordable meeting space – from South Carolina’s only downtown convention center to charming historic homes – and over 12,000 hotel rooms in the region, there’s something to suit every meeting need.
Columbia Fast Facts
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1010 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Type of Destination Experience:
Capital City, College Town, Historic, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (South Carolina State Fairgrounds): 128,186
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Colonial Life Arena): 60,000
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Colonial Life Arena): 22,389
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Columbia Marriott Downtown): 300
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 1,552
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Miles to downtown 6
Cities with non-stop flights9
International cities with direct flights0
Geographic Areas Served:
City of Columbia, Richland County, Lexington County, Town of West Columbia, Town of Lexington, Town of Cayce, Town of Springdale
Why Meet in Columbia
Columbia is one of the more accessible cities in the Southeast. With three major highways, and an international airport, attendees have the luxury of getting to Columbia with ease.
Columbia is home to nationally recognized attractions, scenic rivers, historic homes, and a 48,000 acre lake. With so much to choose from, attendees will find the Columbia experience fulfilling.
In the heart of Columbia’s convention district, the Vista offers attendees more than 100 hot spots – restaurants, specialty shops, bars and more – within walking distance of meeting spaces and hotels.