Touting the city as “wide open and inviting,” the travel experts at Lonely Planet have included Kansas City, Missouri, on their list of the Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014. But don’t just take their word for it; here are seven reasons why the City of Fountains is an inspired choice for your next meeting. For more information, go to PrevueKC.com or call 800-205-9961.
1. The Kansas City Convention Center houses 388,800 square feet of contiguous, column-free exhibit space. As part of a $150 million improvement project, the center’s meeting space was renovated, and KC welcomed one of the country’s largest green ballrooms.
2. The metropolitan area offers more than 32,000 guest rooms, with nearly 2,000 hotel rooms within three blocks of the convention center. Major national hotel brands are represented, including InterContinental, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin.
3. More than 55 million Americans can get to KC in less than a day’s drive. And flying here is even easier—as Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast. Eleven air carriers serve KCI, which offers 400 daily flights and nonstop service to 48 destinations.
4. From Walt Disney’s first animation studio to the founding of Hallmark Cards, KC has an impressive slate of “cultural-yet-cool attractions” (Essence). Browse the galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Experience the nation’s only World War I museum. Follow in the footsteps of Jesse James or Harry S. Truman. The list goes on and on.
5. After taking care of business, you’ll find plenty to do just steps from your meeting. The Power & Light District is an eight-block entertainment hub chockfull of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Or spend an evening listening to KC’s phenomenal jazz music at clubs throughout the city.
6. Kansas City’s reputation as a friendly city is well known and well deserved. There is something about Midwestern hospitality that makes a convention here enjoyable for both planners and attendees.
7. $6.5 billion can do a lot for a city. Almost everything is new downtown, including the eight-block Power & Light District, Sprint Center arena and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Now one of world’s finest performing venues, the Kauffman Center is KC’s new home to ballet, symphony, opera and more.
For more information, go to PrevueKC.com or call 800-205-9961.