City Spotlight | Cincinnati

From the addition of 800 new guest rooms over the next three years to the $650-million revitalization of four entertainment districts, Cincinnati, Ohio, is in the midst of a boom. Already slated to host the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Queen City is a perfect place to hold a meeting. [inlinead align="left"]Did You Know? Prevention magazine ranked Cincinnati as one of the Top 20 Best Walking Cities in the country. Visitors can shop at more than 200 boutiques and stores within 2.5 square miles.[/inlinead] “Like no other time in its history, Cincinnati is in the midst of an economic and cultural renaissance,” says Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati CVB. The development is all occurring within walking distance of downtown’s Duke Energy Convention Center, which is just 20 minutes from the airport. Cincinnati’s advantages don’t end there. The city has an extensive welcome program, customized websites and offers a wide variety of discounts to convention attendees. Dan Kowalski, conference co-chairman and events manager for Fraternal Order of Police, which held a national conference in Cincinnati in 2013, can attest. Kowalski utilized 13,000 hotel rooms, the convention center and Cincinnati Zoo for a private event, giving his group exclusive access and complimentary food and drink, while a local band performed on stage. Kowalski also recommends renting out Great American Ball Park. “We had an Irish festival inside the ballpark, were able to hang out in the dugouts and on the warning tracks, and there was live music and a fireworks display. Awesome event,” he said. Cincinnati Quick Facts Area guest rooms: 3,000 | Nearest airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport | Convention center: Duke Energy Convention Center | Meeting rooms: 31 | Total meeting space: 200,000 square feet