Innovative and eclectic restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence, Rhode Island a destination for inspiration. Known as the “Creative Capital,” Providence was named one of the “52 Places (in the World) to Go in 2016” by The New York Times.
The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex lies in the heart of Providence and includes the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC), the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (the Dunk) and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The RICC is connected to the Dunk and the 564-room Omni Providence Hotel, and in turn, Providence Place, a downtown shopping destination.
Some of the country’s top schools call Providence home, including Ivy League Brown University, the world-renowned Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson & Wales University, a leading culinary educator. JWU alumni are often found working in Providence’s best restaurants.
Situated between New York City and Boston, Providence is easily accessible for attendees, and about 25 percent of the nation’s population lives within 500 miles of the city. Nearby Warwick's Green Airport (PVD) was named the third best airport in the U.S., as well as best in New England, in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.
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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: 2,164
Green Airport (PVD)
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. Named “One of the Five Best Little Italys in the U.S.” by celebrity Chef Mario Batali, Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood features more than 100 restaurants, boutiques, galleries and specialty food markets.