Rochester, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau

2070 hotel rooms within one mile of convention center

Home of Mayo Clinic. Rochester is located in southeast Minnesota near the Wisconsin/Iowa borders and features an international airport with direct flights to Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis. An $84 million convention center expansion will be complete in 2017, doubling space to 200,000 sq-ft, including 23 breakouts and a 38,500 sq-ft ballroom accommodating up to 4,300 attendees. 2,070 hotel rooms linked by climate-controlled skyway, 5,270 city-wide. Center is connected to the heart of downtown including Mayo Clinic, locally owned restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Known for warmly welcoming visitors, Rochester offers a relaxing pace, scenic beauty, and a healthy dose of Midwest charm. The Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau offers meeting planners assistance and services every step of the process to ensure the success of your event. Contact our office at 800-634-8277 or

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Rochester, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau
30 Civic Center Drive, SE Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55904

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Type of Destination Experience:

GSF Exhibit Space (Mayo Civic Center): 200,000

Meeting Space, Square Feet (Mayo Civic Center): 153,919

Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Mayo Civic Center): 38,586

Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Kahler Grand Hotel): 616

Hotel adjacent to convention facility: No

Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 2,070

Rochester International Airport (RST)

Miles to downtown 8

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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Miles to downtown 70

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Geographic Areas Served:

Rochester, MN

Why Meet in Rochester

Rochester's convention center expansion is available beginning April 2017 and offers more than 200,000 sq-ft of event space featuring the largest ballroom in the state of Minnesota (38,500 sq-ft), 16 new meeting rooms, pre-function areas, and a riverfront plaza in addition to the existing Exhibit Hall (25,000 sq-ft).

Thanks to the world-class care and research taking place at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester enjoys a reputation for being a center of health care excellence that attracts visitors from all over the world. Access to innovation is just steps away from the convention center which provides your meeting access to nearby speakers and resources.

Rochester is easy for attendees to access by way of Rochester International Airport (RST) which offers direct daily flights from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Atlanta or Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) just an hour shuttle ride north of the city. Less than a days drive from major Midwest cities such as Chicago, Madison, St. Louis, Des Moines, and Omaha.

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