Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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Page 21 of 45 Meeting Ideas 20 Courtesy Anaheim Convention Center A 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center will be completed in September. M any planners bring their conferences and events to the same venues year after year, but conference centers throughout the United States are always evolving, adding new exhibit halls, catering options and surrounding attractions. Here are five recently renovated, state-of-the-art facilities to consider before plan- ning your next event. Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, California Across from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast, with 1.8 million square feet of function space. The expan- sive, glass-walled structure is now undergoing a 200,000-square-foot expansion that will be completed in September. Meeting groups can access the sun-soaked California city from major airports in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Ontario, and the convention center makes parking easy with three spacious parking lots. Planners will find plenty of room for their event or conference inside, and the building is simple to navigate and caters to a variety of budgets. "Whether your group is large or on the smaller side, it's easy to find your way around the convention center and be comfortable," said Harriet Porter, vice president of convention sales at Visit Anaheim. Beyond the convention center and Disney attractions, the city has worked hard over the past few years to develop its hotel, retail and dining inventory, attracting younger crowds as well as more craft breweries, coffee shops and bars. "Anaheim is more relaxed than most cities," said Porter. "You can walk around at night, and sometimes in the evening, you can look out over the convention center's 10,000 square-foot balcony and see a fire- works show from Disney." By Savannah Osbourn These convention centers are newly improved Look Again Look Again

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