Streets steeped in history, culinary prominence and easy walkability sets Providence, RI apart as a memorable meeting destination. Dubbed the Creative Capital, Providence was recently named a top dining destination by readers of Travel + Leisure in their “America’s Favorite Cities” poll. The city’s culinary reputation also received a boost this fall when Saveur magazine named Providence one of the best small cities for restaurants and dining in the world, as part of its 2013 Culinary Travel Awards. With San Sebastian, Spain at the top of the list and other notable cities including Florence, Italy and Las Vegas, Nev., Providence is certainly among good company.
Providence also offers a convenient meeting and hotel package. The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex – comprised of the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC), the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets) – is located in the heart of the city. The RICC consists of a 100,000-contiguous-square-foot exhibition hall, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, 23 meeting rooms, and the Rotunda Room which provides spectacular views of the city. The Complex is conveniently located within one mile of 2,200 hotel rooms, and a total of 5,500 rooms are available in the Greater Providence area.
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10 Memorial Blvd.
, Providence, RI 02903
Type of Destination Experience:
Capital City, College Town, Historic, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (Rhode Island Convention Center): 100,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Rhode Island Convention Center): 36,768
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Rhode Island Convention Center): 20,000
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Rhode Island Convention Center): 1,500
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 2,159
Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport
Miles to downtown 8
Cities with non-stop flights25
International cities with direct flights1
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Why Meet in Providence
Easily Accessible New England City-
Located between New York City and Boston, Providence is within 500 miles of about 25 percent of the nation’s population. Downtown Providence’s Amtrak train station offers rail service throughout the Northeast Corridor, and Warwick’s T.F. Green Airport is just 10 minutes away.
Providence is Extremely Walkable-
The city is compact in size, and offers a broad spectrum of hotel, dining, shopping, arts and entertainment options – all within walking distance of each other. The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex stands in the heart of Providence, and is conveniently located within one mile of 2,200 hotel rooms.
One of the Nation’s Hottest Culinary Destinations- Providence’s restaurants specialize in a variety of cuisines, and the Federal Hill section of the city was named "One of the Five Best Little Italys in the U.S." by celebrity Chef Mario Batali. Providence is the home of Johnson & Wales University, the world's largest culinary educator, and has more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the U.S.