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Traveling to convention centers

 
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Airport transportation for arriving attendees and exhibitors
Business travelers making their way to an out-of-town convention center sometimes travel individually, but in many cases coworkers choose to travel in large or small groups. Either way, it can be difficult to find transportation from the airport to nearby hotels and other locations that are close to the downtown area if you wait until the last minute, so make sure to book your airport transfer before your trip. Even though you can often get around town by using the city’s public transportation system, if you are traveling with large items for your event along with luggage then you may want to consider scheduling a private vehicle such as either a private sedan or a private shuttle van which will help provide you some extra room for your belongings so that you can get around more comfortably and easily.

 

When a conference begins, the area near the convention center can often become quite busy. Getting around can become difficult and confusing if you are not prepared. It’s a good idea to get to know the area you are traveling to before you arrive so that you can find the things you need while you are away from home. For example, if you want to avoid spending extra fees when you withdraw cash then research the area to see if there is branch of your bank with an ATM nearby. If you want to avoid over spending for items such as toiletries, detergent or even extra clothing then get to know the surrounding area before you book your hotel room. You may find it difficult to find a store close to your hotel, especially on Sunday, so it is very helpful to know where everything is before you leave for your trip.

Exhibits and meetings at convention center

Things you can do before and during your trip to a conference
The next time you have to travel out of town to attend an event or trade show at an exhibition venue you’ll no doubt want to be as prepared as possible. With so many things to mark off of your pre-travel checklist, here are a few that you may or may not have thought of:

 

Ways to prepare for your next trade show
→ A lot of conferences are now offering online registration and some even allow you to confirm your attendance online by email. Check with your event coordinator to see if this service is available at your next event.

 

→ If you have a booth, you can offer information to conference attendees more easily by making your materials available to them as electronic media. For instance, try offering a flash drive for attendees to take with them, which contains more information about your company and its products and or services.

 

→ If Wi-Fi is a hassle, costly, or you are not getting enough bandwidth to run your presentation at your booth then you could consider making an Adobe After Effects presentation or a video of your presentation that you can launch from your electronic device’s hard drive. You can also bring in your own Internet hotspot and get connected with Wi-Fi–enabled devices such as tablets and laptops. You will be able to have a private and secure connection to your devices and, additionally it can be used while you are at the airport or your hotel room for a more secure way to get on the Internet during your travels.

 

→ Many Convention Centers have a food court, vending machines and coffee bars available on-site but if you are looking for something different be sure to map out the area before you travel so you are not wandering aimlessly around town.

 

→ It helps to get a detailed layout of the Convention Center before you leave for your trip. Many venues are large and you could easily find yourself getting lost if you aren’t familiar with the floor plan.

 

→ If your group is using Apple devices you can download an app called “Find My Friends” or it may already be installed on your iPhone or iPad. This app will allow you to easily find your coworkers or friends on your device so you are aware of where they are if you need to meet up or need to check on their status without disturbing them during an information session. You can find a link to the app here at Find My Friends.

 

→ Use your mobile phone to help you navigate through a new city. You can go to Google Maps and have it recognize your current location so you can view the various businesses, restaurants, etc. around your vicinity. You can even use it to take a picture of your parking spot number or hotel room number so that you can easily find it quickly without having to memorize them.

 

→ Make sure that all of the details of your event are in order. For instance the schedule of a presentation you are giving, knowing the location and dimensions of your booth, and if there are any special requests that you need regarding your equipment such as telecommunications, audio and visual including any storage. In addition be prepared to show your Certificate of Insurance, if needed, for your business.

   
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Airport rides to convention centers
 

Airport transportation to and from the convention center
Once you arrive at your destination city for a convention center there are many ways you can utilize for quick, easy and cost effective transportation. The best option for you mostly depends on the size of your group, how much baggage or displays you are carrying with you, and of course cost. Below are examples of vehicles we have available near most convention centers for travelers to get to and from their hotel and the local airport.

 

Convention center airport rides
Shared Ride Vans
Many shared ride vans can accompany up to 12 passengers per vehicle. This type of shuttle can be one of the best ways to save on your ride if you are traveling alone or with 1 or 2 other people because it will group passengers together who are traveling at the same time as you. There may be a few stops along the way but typically the shuttle company tries to group people together who are going in the same general direction when possible.

 

Convention center airport shuttles
Private Vans
Passengers of private shuttle vans will have a more direct route to their destination because only their group will be aboard the shuttle so there would be no additional stops. In addition you can load more baggage and displays if you have fewer than the maximum number of passengers on the shuttle. Private vans have a capacity that usually ranges from 8-12 passengers per vehicle.

 

Convention center airport sedans
Private Sedans
If your group is too small for a private van but you still want a private ride an executive private sedan may be a good option for you. This is a great choice for business travelers who want a direct route with a door-to-door drop off and a professional chauffeur who can attend to their needs.

 

Convention center airport SUV's
Private SUVs
The service is similar to a private sedan except a private SUV has the ability to hold more passengers and luggage for airport transfers.

 

Convention center airport limos
Stretched Limousines
One of the best ways to travel in luxury and style is with a stretched limo. There are usually more amenities that can be offered during your ride in a limo. You can check before your trip or when you meet your private chauffeurs to find out what services are offered. A stretched limousine will typically transfer between 6-8 passengers comfortably but can vary by provider.

 

Convention center airport chartered buses
Chartered Buses
If you find yourself traveling with a large group, of 40 or more, then traveling to the convention center or hotel together may be more cost effective with a chartered bus. With a large amount of luggage room and enough space to transport between 40-52 passengers this vehicle is great for keeping your group together in one place.

 

McCormick Place
McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois
Known around the world for being ‘The Windy City’, Chicago is home to some of the most amazing food, iconic figures, and the incredibly massive crowds. Whether it is the many festivals held in the heart of downtown or the delicious restaurants scattered around the city, there are a variety of reasons for any planner to want to host their special event downtown, especially if it’s at McCormick Place, which is the largest convention center in North America. Located just a few minutes away from downtown, the facility is known for winning countless awards since its grand opening in 1960 as well as hosting some of the most memorable events. With constant renovations and four separate buildings that hold a variety of unique exhibit halls, the convention center has transformed dramatically over time, becoming a pillar of the trade show industry as well as the community. For exhibitors who want to be part of an upcoming event, there are a variety of perks, including online technical assistance for your booth, free personal parking, all of which is included in a full Exhibitor Bill of Rights. For guests who intend to show up to McCormick Place, they should expect to be pleased by the facility’s convenient location to thousands of hotels and public transportation.

 

Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport
Both ORD and MDW airports are relatively close to downtown Chicago. While ORD is about 17 miles when you travel on I-90 east MDW is just as close which is about 11 miles away if you are taking I-55 North.

 

Chicago Airport Shuttles
Arriving passengers ORD and MDW airport can find shuttle rides for pickup after they leave baggage claims. Chicago has several reputable local providers who can assist travelers needing to get to their destinations such as Blacklane, GO Airport Express and ExecuCar.

 

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
Whether you’re into live musical acts or simply want to experience the rush of gambling, the Las Vegas Convention Center is perfect for vendors and visitors alike. Located in the unincorporated town of Winchester, Nevada, the Las Vegas Convention Center is the biggest single-level convention center in the world, yet still remains one of the most underrated. When the city of Las Vegas received a large boom of tourism in the 1950s, county leaders realized there was a great need for a convention center, so they opened LVCC in 1959. The facility has a widespread history of some amazing moments, including a performance by The Beatles the famed Silver Dome as well as countless Heavyweight Championships, and with billion dollar impact on the surrounding city in just one year (2015), the convention center is as big as ever. The facility is not just a great place to visit, but conduct business as well. In 2015, the center won The OA4 Award for Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement as well as the AEP Award, which is the pinnacle in agency procurement achievement. For exhibitors who’d like to showcase at the event, the convention center is also known for having excellent in-house services as far as catering and technical support go.

 

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
When you land at Las Vegas International Airport you will find that the distance to the downtown area is about 6 miles if you are traveling down South Maryland Parkway. The Las Vegas Strip is about 2.5 miles away if you are taking East Flamingo Road and Paradise Road. So getting to most of your destinations is fairly quick and easy throughout the Las Vegas area.

 

Las Vegas Airport Shuttles
There are many options for airport transfers when you arrive in Las Vegas whether it is with a stretched limousine, black car sedan or something as simple as a shared ride shuttle van service. Some of the best transportation providers include Las Vegas Limousines, Blacklane and ExecuCar service. You can find rides with SuperShuttle and their exclusive non-stop van service for up to 7 passengers for transfers from McCarran Airport. If you are with a group headed towards the Strip or the many downtown destinations such as a hotel or resort then a mini bus may be one of your best options with this Blue Van service.

 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
Washington D.C. is an incredibly exciting city that gives visitors the rare opportunity to see historic monuments, museums, and top-notch restaurants, whether they’re visiting as a tourist or on business. Opened in 2003, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a fairly new facility compared to most, giving it the advantage of modernity as well as the convenience of being located in the heart of the nation’s capitol. With only a short window of being open, the convention center has already made history, hosting at least a dozen presidential inaugurations, including six of President Barack Obama’s official balls. Although the center hosts mostly important international meetings and affairs, the facility also holds quirky events like Awesome Con, so whether you want to stare in awe at the horde of celebrities and politicians or want to get in on your own booth, the convention center is accommodating for just about everyone.

 

Washington D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport
Dulles International Airport is about 27 miles if you are taking a direct route down the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Dulles Access Road but is only about 6 miles if you are traveling down George Washington Memorial Parkway from Ronald Reagan National Airport. Either way both airports are relatively close to most of the hotels and landmarks scattered throughout the Washington D.C. area.

 

Washington, D.C Airport Shuttles
Travelers coming to Washington D.C. can discover a city filled with attractions and landmarks throughout the area. So getting a ride booked early before your trip can be an important because the traffic during rush hour can build up fast. Many travelers are familiar and prefer popular Blue Van service by SuperShuttle because the rates for their shared ride van service is quite inexpensive and can which can accommodate up to 10 passengers. This is the same for GO The Airport Shuttle who has a similar service with exceptional customer service. If you are familiar with the city or have researched it in advance you can plan your trip better because you have the choice of airports at IAD Dulles airport, DCA Reagan airport and BWI Baltimore-Washington airport, which is about 30 minutes away if you take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

 

Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
The Orange County Convention Center is located just minutes from downtown Orlando, currently ranking as the second biggest convention host in United States. Although there are other convention centers located in the area, Orange County is the primary one used for not only the popular county, but the central region of the state as well. The building was listed on American Institute of Architect’s Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places for good reason, mainly because of how much solar power the building utilizes, making it a great place for people to have fun. With an event calendar that stays busy year-round, the convention center is not only a great employment opportunity for the surrounding area, but a fantastic place for vendors and likeminded people to get together. Because Orange County is so diverse in the people that it brings to its events, the facility has become a regular safe haven for many guests, giving attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to not just make an impression, but stay a part of a consistent culture.

 

Orlando International Airport
There are several ways to get to downtown Orlando from MCO airport. You can head down South Semoran Blvd and the distance is about 11 miles and if you go down FL-527 (South Orange Avenue) it is about the same at 10 miles. So booking a hotel down any of these routes will give you about the same distance.

 

Orlando Airport Shuttles
You can fly into MCO airport or SFB (Sanford) airport when arriving in the Central Florida area. For quick professional transfer service you can from providers such as Mears Transportation or SuperShuttle who both offer passengers shared ride vans to nearby resorts and hotels. Noble Transportation & Limousines as well as Blacklane are other options for those wanting to travel in luxury with Sedan’s such as Lincoln and Cadillac. There are also options for stretched limos with Groundlink who can get you to and from Orlando International Airport.

 

Georgia World Congress Center
Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and is also home to some of the oldest historical and cultural landmarks in the south, one of which is The Georgia World Congress Center. Having undergone countless expansions since its initial opening, the convention center is in great condition and features a slew of diverse exhibit halls, from elegant ballrooms to professional business halls, not to mention the newly opened restaurant, Southern Roots Café among others in the surrounding area. Not only has the center been upgraded, it’s also in the heart of downtown Atlanta, giving perks to event planners and attendees alike. The facility is also the world’s largest LEED Certified convention center, making it one of the most multifarious and overall massive institutions in the country. Hosting nationwide events like the First Robotics World Championship, several DECA Debates, and countless other school events, the facility has done as much for the art of business as it has for the youth of tomorrow. Designed perfectly to entertain as well as guarantee almost any highly successful business venture, the center’s combination of high-quality certification, grandiose appearance, and fantastic location have proven to make it a premiere location for Georgians.

 

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Downtown Atlanta is a heavily trafficked city so you may want to book your flights around the rush hour times if at all possible. From Hartsfield-Jackson Airport it is about 10 miles if your ride goes down I-75 South to I-85 south so even though the drive time is short it may not be that way when the traffic starts.

 

Atlanta Airport Shuttles
For rides to downtown Atlanta hotels you may find rides with Greater Atlanta Airport Shuttle and SuperShuttle a quick way to go. All-inclusive sedans are available with taxicab drivers at Talixo or with Blacklane and their first class and business class sedan service.

 

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas
Named after the city of Houston’s mayor, The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is a great pace to not only experience a fascinating event, but also have the opportunity to get to know one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities. As the fourth biggest city in the country, Dallas is a bustling metropolis with widespread parks, passionate sports fans, and lovers of all kinds of art, making it a highly diverse place to hold any event, whether you’re an event planner or an exhibitor. If you’re interested in planning an event, you’ll have to submit a Request For Proposal (RFP) to the center’s website, and after a few days, perhaps hours, you should hear back through email whether your proposal went through. Exhibitors are typically offered discounts as well as a full range of exclusive in-house facility services if they make their purchase ahead of time. To do this, you should contact the Convention Service division for more information.

 

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport
There are two main airports that travelers can fly into Dallas from. The closest airport is DAL airport, which is about 7 miles when taking I-35E north, but if your flight destination is DFW airport and you go down TX-183 West then it is about 19 miles from downtown Dallas.

 

Dallas Airport Shuttles
Dallas is a big city with many ways for you to get around the city. Some of the quickest ways can be with GO Airport Shuttle taxi service at Yellow Checker Shuttle and SuperShuttle. If you are looking a more private, luxury way to get around then Federal Limousine as well as Alliance Limousines And Transportation offer stretched limousine rides for its passengers. If you are familiar with services like Uber and Lyft then you can book personal drivers from a local who is familiar with the city.

 

The Moscone Center
The Moscone Center in San Francisco, California
San Francisco is home to some of America’s most iconic characteristics, including The Golden Gate Bridge, a thriving and influential music scene, and constant widespread tourism. Whether you want to get a drink at the famous corner of Haight-Ashbury or simply want to take a ferry to the eerie, yet historic Alcatraz, there is plenty to see, especially if you’re in town as an attendee or participant in some event at the grandiose Moscone Center. Because California is so ecologically aware, at the heart of The Moscone Center is a deep and ethical practice aimed at utilizing sustainable resources. The Moscone Center is known for holding several Green Meetings, which explains to exhibitors, staff management, and event attendees the importance of the eco-friendly strides that the center has made in terms of recycling, resource efficiency, and attention to city air quality. Every year, The Moscone Center gives great contributions to several nonprofits surrounding the community, not to mention their involvement in several cleanup and recovery efforts to widespread pollution within San Francisco’s streams. It’s no wonder why the facility is also one of the most popular amongst the community than most in the country.

 

San Francisco International Airport
If your flight is landing at SFO Airport then your ride to downtown is relatively short. Just 13 miles driving down US-101 South and you will be near most of the destinations in San Francisco.

 

San Francisco Airport Shuttles
There are several shared ride vans that travelers can take while in San Francisco. There are Lorrie’s Airport Service, Airport Express SF and the popular Blue Van service of SuperShuttle. If you prefer a local driver who can offer you a personal service then Wingz may be a good choice for you. Travelers more familiar with taxicabs then there are Serra Yellow Cab who has drivers that can get you around quickly.

 

Nashville Convention Center
Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee
Known for being the capital of live country music, Nashville has the benefit of being the pinnacle of southern hospitality as well as having national appeal. Similarly, the Nashville Convention Center is a great place to host an event, whether you’re a planner or are looking for a good time. Located in the heart of downtown, the pedestrian-friendly facility is great, not only because of its massive floor space and 25 meeting rooms, but its easy accessibility to so many people as well. On the convention center’s website, potential planners will see full transparency: several vital pieces of information that include floor plans for three sectors, green meetings that establish eco-friendly rules, and an overview of in-house supplies, which includes free Wi-Fi, electricity, and more. Being an exhibitor is even easier than a planner, mainly because the convention center offers to do most of the setup process for you. This includes intensive customer support. If you’re an attendee, you’re in for a treat mainly because of how prevalent the prospect of many music-related events are, both in and around the Nashville Convention Center, not to mention the delicious restaurants in the surrounding area, like Loveless Café.

 

Nashville International Airport
If you have a flight landing at BNA airport you can get to most destinations near downtown Nashville quickly. It is only about 9 miles to the city center if you are traveling on I-40 East.

 

Nashville Airport Shuttles
Get door-to-door private sedan service with excellent local providers such as Sedan on Demand, Groundlink and ExecuCar who provide rides to hotels and attractions in Nashville.

 

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California
San Diego is a beautiful city located on the Pacific coast of California. The city lies just south of Los Angeles and on the threshold of the Mexican-American border, the city is teeming with culture, whether it is through the delicious food, local tourist amusements, or the many art exhibits. As a consequence, the San Diego Convention Center has become one of the largest and most environmentally sustainable facilities in the country, priding itself in bringing San Diego into the 21st century in terms of its tourism. With a variety of contemporary ballrooms and outdoor terraces, the convention center also offers bayside views and aerial perspectives that no other facility in the country has, making it an especially unique seaside choice for planners whose products or ideas have anything to do with fun in the sun. Surrounded by several thousands hotels/motels in a small vicinity, the San Diego Convention Center also happens to be located in a safe urban destination that’s easy walking distance for many who are interested in being exhibitors and/or attendees. For those that are visiting solely as attendees, be sure to check out the official San Diego Attendee Guide, which is available through the convention center’s website – Offering helpful information like the best places to check out, whether it’s restaurants, hotels, or nightlife, the guide is sure to turn your fun event into an extraordinary one.

 

San Diego International Airport
If you are taking a shuttle ride that will take you down Airport Terminal Road and North Harbor Drive you will only be about 3.5 miles from downtown San Diego so take advantage and soak in the city skyline.

 

San Diego Airport Shuttles
While SuperShuttle is always a popular ground transportation service to take when you arrive in San Diego there are also other reputable shuttle providers such as Prime Time Shuttle and RapidShuttle that you should consider.

 

Ernest Morial Convention Center
Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known around the world for being celebration-central, whether it is through the massive festive week of Mardi Gras or the other constant events going on through the streets. Some days, typically on the weekday, the city’s energy will die down, but if there’s one place that’s always hosting a fun event, it’s the Ernest Morial Convention Center. With extensive floor plans, an engaging event-management staff, and countless other special services, the facility is incredibly accommodating to event planners, making the experience as easy as it is fun. Electronic RFPs can be accessed through the website as well as virtual tours that take you through a journey through the one million square feet of open space. If you’d like to be an exhibit here, you’re in luck because there is several cost-cutting programs available, especially for first-time vendors who will receive personalized support before, during, and after the event/show. Attendees also have something to look forward to besides the event itself, mainly because the convention center is right down the street from historic districts and unique French architecture quarters. Because of this, every event is made into a celebration, whether they’re spent at one of the many delicious local restaurants, like Emeril’s or 24-hour casinos.

 

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport
Taking I-10 West from MSY airport to downtown New Orleans is one of the quickest ways to get there besides Earhart Expressway. Both are about 15 miles from the French Quarter.

 

New Orleans Airport Shuttles
Pickup and drop off destinations for downtown New Orleans are a short distance from the airport with many local shuttle providers such as GO Airport Shuttle New Orleans, Louisiana Limo and Carey New Orleans.

 

Colorado Convention Center
Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado
For a look into a vibrant young community that’s both historic and modern, Denver offers to its visitors and customers alike the potential to see a beautiful mixture of city nestled into the Old American West. With the Rocky Mountains in the distance, the Colorado Convention Center is a fantastic place to hold an event, especially since the city is modestly populated, giving guests the opportunity to not be overrun by high-cost lodging or intensive amounts of traffic. As far as event planners, the convention center couldn’t be more obliging. Offering online RFPs, a variety of in-house marketing support, as well as onsite help from Guest Services and Centerplate Catering, the convention center is made perfect for those looking to make their event particularly special. If you’d like to have an exhibit at someone’s particular event, The Colorado Convention Center allows online orders for important services like Internet, audio, and visual technical support. There are also a wide variety of advertising opportunities offered by the convention center, including Ad Focus, which is a centralized network of digital billboards that surround the convention center and downtown area. Speaking of the downtown area, guests and attendees of the Colorado Convention Center don’t have to be told that they’ll have fun – with the surrounding nature and ever-thriving nightlife, Denver is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

 

Denver International Airport
Rides from the DEN airport to downtown Denver are pretty quick. It’s about 23 miles one-way when traveling via I-70 East / Peña Blvd. Booking your shuttle transfer before your flight can help get you through the airport quicker.

 

Denver Airport Shuttles
Colorado Limo, Golden West Airport Shuttle and Blacklane are popular airport transfer services that travelers who are arriving at DEN airport use frequently. You can search our website to shop and compare rates before you travel.

 

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas
If you’ve ever visited San Antonio, then you know the city is known for being one of the most hospitable. Home to The Alamo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and some of the world’s most authentic Tex-Mex restaurants, the city makes for a perfect home to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. For potential event planners, the convention center offers a variety of facilities and venues, from the elegance of the Cantilever Room to the grandiose architecture of the three-level Lila Cockrell Theatre. Requests for Proposals can be made on the convention center’s website or through Guest Services. If you’re a local or nearby Texan that would like to hold your very own exhibit at a special event, the center is just as welcoming as the city, offering newcomers free Wi-Fi, courtesy phones, and endless water pitchers. For those visiting, it should also be known that the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is about fifteen minutes from downtown, making it a little out of the way for guests to experience both the event as well as nearby landmarks. If you’re hungry and need a bite to eat, the convention center has a series of small restaurants, including Broken Crust Café and El Puente Café, not to mention in-house catering.

 

San Antonio International Airport
SAT airport transfers down Broadway Street and US-281 north are only about 8.5 miles away from downtown San Antonio so booking a ride at a reasonable rate is easy.

 

San Antonio Airport Shuttles
City Tours, Elegant Limousine & Charter and SuperShuttle all provider great rates and quality ground transportation service for visitors coming to the downtown San Antonio area.

 

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona
In the middle of America’s desert, many of which are considered a wasteland, there is a small, but energetic city that begs to be explored. As the capital of the southwestern state of Arizona, Phoenix has become an emblem of sunshine and warmth. Also home to a constantly vibrant nightlife, a variety of high-end resorts, and delicious food, the city is a great place to host an event, especially if it’s at the Phoenix Convention Center. As an event planner, the convention center is renown for making the experience of the attendees their top priority, providing personalized client care with an invaluable staff that has won several awards for their customer service. Whether you’re a company selling products or simply promoting your organization through a relevant audience, the convention center is also a great place for vendors to exhibit themselves and make the most out of their stay. As soon as you’ve signed on, you’ll receive an Exhibit Services Packet, which easily details everything you need to know. The Phoenix Convention Center owns three distinct venues – the convention center itself, a Symphony Hall and The Orpheum Theatre, giving their attendees a wide variety of special events, not to mention easy access to downtown. So if you’re a future guest of the Phoenix Convention Center, be sure to bring your walking shoes.

 

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
There are two main routes you can take from PHX airport to the downtown Phoenix area. One of them is down East Jefferson Street, which is about 4 miles. The other is down I-10 east, which is slightly over 5 miles.

 

Phoenix Airport Shuttles
While you can find limo providers such as Allied Limousine and Jet Limousines to take you to your hotel destination in style, the most popular ride is with SuperShuttle Phoenix, where their corporate headquarters is located.

 

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California
Home to the nation’s film and television industry, Los Angeles is not only home to the stars of Hollywood, but a wide variety of tasty Mexican restaurants, adventurous theme parks, and a cultural atmosphere that’s always giving cause to some event. A lot of these events are hosted by the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is a great place to hold a variety of events, whether it is something fun like gaming or film or something a bit more serious like a summit of high-tech Silicon Valley startups. If you’re an event planner, you’ll be happy to hear that the LA Convention Center is one of the most hands-on and collaborative staffs in the country, assisting you with your event from start to finish. With a LEED Gold Certification as well as recent expansions that have made the facility even larger, the convention center is not only a great place for a large event, but an amazing business opportunity for local enterprises, particularly vendors or exhibitors who may want a showcase in front of a big crowd. With eight separate meeting rooms, a variety of banquet halls, and signature catering service, Taste of L.A., attendees will most likely have the best time. The LA Convention Center is located just to the left of downtown, between the fashion district and Pico-Union, offering guests a safe and fun location filled with parks, hotels, and a variety of historic landmarks.

 

Los Angeles International Airport
With downtown Los Angeles hotel accommodations only about 18 miles from LAX airport, two of the quickest ways to get there are down I-110 South and I-105 West.

 

Los Angeles Airport Shuttles
Some of the best ground transportation services in the L.A. area are provided by Karmel Shuttle, SuperShuttle and Prime Time Shuttle who can all transport you to your lodging destination by chauffeured drivers.

 

John B. Hynes Convention Center
John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country and home to some of the friendliest locals in the world, making it a great place to do business and visit. Founded in 1630, the city has a special beauty to it, riddled with antiquities and architectural designs reminiscent of Old England as well as tons of museums that showcase early American artifacts. With all of the history and bayside-view surrounding the city, The John B. Hynes Convention Center also has an aesthetic advantage that very few facilities have. Located along the Back Bay District, The Hynes Convention Center is a fantastic place to hold any event, especially because it has accessibility to so many passerby and indoor-outdoor support. With large clients like MedTech and Bright Horizons, the center is known for having regular annual events as well as satisfied planners. The John B. Hynes Convention Center is not only exceptionally welcoming to its event planners, but exhibitors as well – with tech services available for order online as well as your very own on-site exhibitor team, you’ll not only have the satisfaction of collaborating with the center’s team, but the convenience of immediate help. The convention center is essentially downtown, giving guests the time of their lives. With easy access to a lot of delicious restaurants and the opportunity to explore a variety of historic neighborhoods and museums, all attendees have to truly worry about is showing up.

 

Boston Logan International Airport
Those landing at BOS airport can get to downtown Boston by way of I-90 East, which is about a 4 miles drive, so finding great rates on airport transportation is easy and quick.

 

Boston Airport Shuttles
Ground transportation for BOS airport is available through providers such as GO Boston Shuttle, Blacklane and ExecuCar private sedan service, all of whom provide quality service at reasonable prices.

 

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
As Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia has a lot of things going for it. With a notable history, a variety of unique restaurants, and a diverse population that offers tourists plenty to see, the city is a great place to hold an event. The biggest facility in not only Philadelphia, but the state is the Pennsylvania Convention Center – designed to accommodate nationwide conventions, exhibitions, as well as conferences, the center has teamed up with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau to ensure that each and every event is specially tailored to appeal to the client as well as Philadelphians. As a consequence, the convention center has also become especially appealing to exhibitors looking to showcase their product or brand. Exhibitor’s benefit from the PCC’s downtown location due to the high traffic, but those who gain the most out of the facility’s great location are the guests. Attendees are easily entertained before, during, and after the event with the abundance of amazing museums, access to authentic Philly-cheesesteaks, and countless opportunities for lovely walks.

 

Philadelphia International Airport
From PHL airport it is about 10 miles to downtown Philadelphia if you are being transported down I-95 South. A slightly quicker route might be via I-76 East which is about a 9-mile trip.

 

Philadelphia Airport Shuttles
There are many available door-to-door PHL airport rides such as Delaware Express Shuttle, South Jersey Sedan and Limo and International Chauffeur. Any of them can get you to hotels and attractions throughout Philly.

 

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minneapolis
Fused with its twin city, St. Paul, Minnesota, Minneapolis has become a super-metropolis of the Midwest, offering residents and tourists alike a beautiful combination of town and country. With so much going for it, Minneapolis has also become a great place to hold festivals or events. The best place to host such an event, whether it is a massive exhibition or a professional meeting, is the Minneapolis Convention Center. Event planners looking to find a relaxing, but impressive space need look no more than MCC – The facility is host to 87 meeting rooms, a beautiful auditorium, a massive exhibit space, and an exclusive ballroom that’s sure to make any sort of get-together as grandiose as it is intimate. For exhibitors, the fantastic location and ever-growing population gives each potential booth a rising opportunity to advertise, sell a product, or simply promote a new idea. The combination of the interesting population as well as the appeal of constantly exciting events not only makes for a great time and place to promote a product, but be a guest as well. With a variety of parks scattered around the Mississippi River and many other cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, the city is not only fond of nature, but also welcoming to the 21st century, giving attendees the greatest benefit of all.

 

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
From MSP airport if you take I-35W south and MN-62 east you will end up near downtown Minneapolis. The ride is only about 12 miles so you can easily find plenty of airport transfer services to your destination.

 

Minneapolis Airport Shuttles
If you are looking for all inclusive SUV or sedan service, then GroundLink, ExecuCar and Blacklane are all great options for transportation during your stay in Minneapolis.

 

Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas
Austin, TX is considered the live music capital of the world and is also the secret home to some of the most authentic as well as experimental tacos to ever grace the face of Texas. Whether it be the many media festivals visited by hundreds of thousands per year or the exploding population of young people, there are a variety of reasons to host an event in Austin, especially at the convenient and modern Austin Convention Center, which is a LEED Gold certified building nestled between Lady Bird Lake and the historic sixth street. If you’d like to hold an event, you can submit an RFP at the convention center’s website where the Sales Team will evaluate whether you’re a good fit or not. ACC’s known for pulling record-breaking crowds so needless to say, exhibitors have some of the greatest opportunities to showcase and advertise in one of the most social media friendly cities in the country. If you’re an attendee planning on going to the Austin Convention Center, you have the benefit of visiting an affordable city that’s just as fun to do business as much as vacation.

 

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Taking East Cesar Chavez Street or TX-71 east are the routes you most likely will take during your transfer to downtown Austin hotels. Both are quick and easy and are popular among locals.

 

Austin Airport Shuttles
Black Car Executive Service, Capital City Limousine as well as M&M Austin Limousine can help you or your group gets to your hotel near downtown Austin just about any time of the day.

 

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, New York
Conveniently located between 34th and 40th street, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is a modern marvel in the heart of Manhattan. Billed as one of the busiest convention centers in the country, it’s no wonder why the facility often beats out the New York Coliseum in hosting major events like The International Auto Show and New York Comic Con. For event planners, all the work is done for you, mainly because the convention center is home to some of the most innovative and entertaining exhibits in the world. Speaking of exhibits, the convention center is a huge opportunity for exhibitors. Known as a caveat of entertainment, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center prides itself in not just being in a convenient location, but giving its exhibitors the opportunity to be part of a world stage. With a variety of exclusive services, including catering by Market Express, Wi-Fi, electrical hookups, and constant on-service assistance from beginning to end, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family when you arrive. If there’s anyone that will truly be carefree at every event hosted at this facility, it’s the attendees – located on the West Side, the convention center has become a staple of the community and a beacon of entertainment. The surrounding areas typically gear up for events well before the guests arrival, whether it be the local restaurant owners or nearby hotels. With the attention to detail and amazing location, the facility is specially tailored for a guaranteed unforgettable night.

 

New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport
Lower Manhattan is roughly 16 miles from JFK airport if you travel down Eastern Parkway. The distance from LGA airport to lower Manhattan is about the same to FDR Drive and I-278 West.

 

New York Airport Shuttles
Downtown New York City has a wide selection of shuttle rides for passengers to travel on. From NYC Airporter to GO Airlink NYC to SuperShuttle you can never go wrong in NYC for airport transportation.

 

Washington State Convention
Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington
Located along the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is almost completely surrounded by water, allowing the outside environment to flourish. With a thriving music scene in the midst of evergreen forests and thousands of acres of national parkland, the city has become a haven for all sorts of people, allowing for a diverse spectrum of events. The Washington State Convention & Trade Center is a great place to hold an event if you’re a planner, especially because of how relaxed and eco-friendly the facility is known for being. With several green initiatives, Seattle is one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the country, allowing your brand to look appealing to the vibrant and young community that not only surrounds the area, but also permeates within a rising demographic. If you’re an exhibitor, the convention center is just as accommodating through its services, which include in-house catering as well as premier customer support that coordinates you with your very own Exhibitor Services Representative. For guests, the greatest honor is arriving to the event. Located slightly north of downtown and surrounded by several hotels & motels, the convention center is known for being in a fair and affordable location that also happens to be close to some of the most iconic landmarks like the Frye Art Museum as well as some delicious nearby restaurants such as The Pink Room.

 

Seattle-Tacoma Sea-Tac International Airport
Both WA-509 North and WA-99 North are typical routes drivers may use for getting you to the SEA airport from downtown Seattle hotels and other local attractions. Both will get you to the airport with ease.

 

Seattle Airport Shuttles
SEA airport transfers can be booked with shuttle providers like Shuttle Express Seattle, Seaview Airport Service and ExecuCar. All provide excellent SEA airport transportation service for passengers to get to their hotel or destination.

 

Renaissance Conference Center
Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan
Known for being the birthplace of Motown Records as well as one of America’s largest car manufacturers, the nicknamed ‘Motor City’ has gone through many changes, but one thing that remains as vibrant as the city’s humble beginnings is Detroit’s sense of spirit. Known for being the city’s premiere meeting place, The Renaissance Conference Center has the benefit of being located in the heart of downtown, offering in-house catering as well as offering newly improved rooms that are perfect for training sessions, seminars, or any other type of mid-sized corporate function. As a visitor, you’ll most likely just have to bring yourself and some sort of identification to get in. The facility is located within the GM Renaissance Center, which is GM’s global headquarters complex that offers each individual who steps through the door the highest level of service. This means convenient parking selection and an overall relaxed atmosphere for guests. The conference center is also close to several high-end hotels as well as alternative lodging options, offering even more convenience to its guests.

 

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
To get to downtown Detroit it is about 23 miles if your shuttle bus takes you down I-94 east and I-75 north. Transfers are easy to book ahead of time so that you can get to your destination quickly.

 

Detroit Airport Shuttles
DTW airport has great rides with shuttle providers like Talixo, Motor City Limousine and Blacklane who can all get your group to the downtown Detroit hotels.

 

Tampa Convention Center
Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida
Located along the beautiful waterfront of Tampa Bay on one side and the sparkling city skyline on the other, the Tampa Bay Convention Center has the benefit of being surrounded by the big business of downtown and awe-inspiring aspects of nature like the Hillsborough River or Harbour Island. If you’re an event planner, the convention center is especially appealing because it’s a great mid-sized facility that is happy to host just about anything, whether it be a meeting amongst America’s war manufacturer’s or a book fair for elementary schools. For each event, the head planner gets a Convention Services Manager (CSM) to help assist them through every detail of the conference as far as audio-visual services, in-house catering, and specialized business services go. If you’re an exhibitor interested in utility needs, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as food & beverages are offered. The Tampa Convention Center is known for having an excellent exhibitor services team, hosting over 22 covered bays and 3 freight doors, making it as easy as ever for exhibitors to load in their materials without any hassle. Mild Tampa climate constantly allows for beautiful weather year-round, making the city perfect for any event at any time. This also means that attendees have their work cut out for them – with a variety of wide-open beaches, Tampa restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, there’s so much to do beyond the convention, you may want to stay an extra day or two.

 

Tampa International Airport
Located near downtown St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the TPA airport is only a short distance from downtown Tampa. Your shuttle bus will travel about 8 miles through George J. Bean Outbound Parkway and I-275 north to get you there.

 

Tampa Airport Shuttles
The Tampa Bay area has plenty of TPA airport transportation to choose from. Among some of the more popular ones are Gulf Coast Limousines and Sun Coach Transport as well as Blue Van service.

 

America's Center Convention Complex
America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is a major city in Missouri and one of the most exciting places to visit. Nestled along the Mississippi River and home to some of the most delicious barbecue around, the city is home to all kinds of iconic landmarks like the Gateway Arch and exclusive spots visited by famous explorers, Lewis & Clark. With so many attractions around, it’s no surprise that America’s Center Convention Complex has become one of the busiest convention centers in the country. Host of 80 different meeting rooms, a beautiful ballroom, and impressive scenery at the Ferrara Theatre, the facility is able to host any kind of event, from high culture exhibits to executive business meetings. Because America’s Center is conveniently based near several hotels, attractions, and public transportation, the space is also great for exhibitors. With tourists coming at a constant influx and attendees that are as diverse as the city, advertising as well as sales opportunities are pretty much guaranteed. For attendees, nearby parks like Turtle Playground or historic districts filled with old shops are enough to entertain for days, especially if you get a ride on the Downtown Trolley.

 

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
One of the quickest shuttle routes to downtown St. Louis from STL airport is via I-70 east and I-70 Express/Mark Twain Expressway. You’ll find lots of great ground transportation providers to take you there.

 

St. Louis Airport Shuttles
Finding limos and shuttle vans for passengers arriving at STL airport is easy. You can book rides with popular shuttle transfer services such as GO Best Express, Executive Transfer And Charter and Country Club Limousine.

 

Riverside Convention Center
Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California
For being on the outskirts of San Bernardino and only sixty miles east of Los Angeles, Riverside is a city that’s still worth visiting, whether it’s for an interesting expo or a special business meeting. One of the best places to hold such an event is the Riverside Convention Center, which is home to 20 unique meeting rooms and over 60,000 square feet of incredibly flexible space. Whether it’s for a business meeting, competitive trade show, or huge wedding, there are a variety of unique features that are sure to add an intimate atmosphere, no matter how big or small the event. With specialized catering services brought to you by the convention center’s talented staff as well as a variety of special tech-services, including Laptop rental, Wi-Fi, and an impressive sound system, the Riverside Convention Center isn’t just a great place to plan an event, but a great place to exhibit as well. If there’s an upcoming convention that you feel is somewhat relevant to your product or brand, the convention center’s convenient access to downtown (i.e. population) is a great place to advertise. If on the other hand, you’re planning on being a guest at The Riverside Convention Center, you not only have the event to look forward to, but the excitement of the surrounding area. Whether it be The Mission Inn Hotel’s year-round Festival of Lights or the unique history of California’s historic gold rush displayed through countless landmarks and museums, attendees are guaranteed to have the best time.

 

Ontario International Airport
The area of Ontario, California is spread out, so to get around you will want to make your shuttle reservation early. One of the quickest routes to the ONT airport is down East Airport Drive and East Holt Blvd.

 

Ontario Airport Shuttles
For downtown Ontario, California transportation from the airport you can get direct transfers with Express Service offered by SuperShuttle. Other great providers include Blacklane and DSL Chauffeured Transportation.

 

George R. Brown Convention Center
George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas
As the third biggest city in the country and the overall sentiment that ‘everything is bigger in Texas,’ Houston not only lives by its mantra through its delicious Tex-Mex restaurants and mega-malls, but its convention centers as well. Located on the east side of downtown, The George R. Brown Convention Center is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. Known for reflecting Houston’s philanthropic attitude by housing Hurricane Katrina victims and showing off Houstonian talent by hosting televised events like America’s Got Talent, the convention center is a great place for event planners to show their stuff. Whether you’re interested in the facility’s many intricate floor plans or are swayed by the mandatory Green Meetings that not only save you expenditures, but help the environment, you’ll be sure to be taken care of like you’re family. If you’d rather hold an exhibit at one of the many events, the staff is just as helpful. GBR’s Exhibitor Services include in-house food, booth cleaning, as well as overall event management, which means you get to work with knowledgeable professionals who not only know the floor plan, but the attendees as well. Speaking of attendees, the fact that the convention center is so close to one of the biggest downtown metropolises in the world gives a huge benefit to the business owners as well as everyone who steps foot in Houston for the first time. With an astounding skyline that seems boundless, guests can explore the many local restaurants or huge parks, some of which include the delicious Tia Maria’s or the hilly and vibrant Buffalo Bayou Park.

 

Houston William P. Hobby International Airport and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Passengers flying into Houston can find quick rides from HOU airport that transport them down Reveille Street and I-45 North to downtown Houston. Travelers arriving at IAH can take I-69 or the Hardy Toll Road to get downtown.

 

Houston Airport Shuttles
While SuperShuttle is among the most popular shuttle rides in Houston there are other reputable shuttle providers who offer stretched limousines and sedan rides such as Houston SUV and Car Service as well as Talixo that you can consider.

 

 

Displays for Trade Shows
Portable displays for trade shows
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ROI and goals from event
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