Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 30 Destination Showcase LOCATION Kentucky's northern border, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati ACCESS Interstate 75, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport MAJOR MEETING SPACES Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront HOTEL ROOMS 7,000 OFF-SITE VENUES Newport Aquarium, New Riff Distilling, BB Riverboats CONTACT INFO Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau 877-659-8474 www.meetnky.com New Ideas in Northern Kentucky By Savannah Osbourn N O R T H E R N K E N T U C K Y M eeting groups will discover a vibrant hub of Southern charm and urban landscape along the Ohio River in northern Kentucky. This colorful region comprises three towns: Covington, Newport and Bellevue, as well as a small portion of the Cincinnati metropolitan area. Thanks to its proximity to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 60 percent of the nation's population can reach northern Kentucky by air in two hours or less. "One of the greatest benefits of bringing your meeting to northern Kentucky is that you get to take advantage of amenities in Cincinnati," said Julie Kirkpatrick, vice president of sales and marketing at the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau. After meetings, attendees can explore numerous attractions along the riverfront, from craft distilleries like New Riff Distilling to BB Riverboat cruises and art galler- ies in Newport's Art on the Levee. "We're lucky to be part of Kentucky and share its distilling history," said Kirkpatrick. "Bourbon is a big deal here in northern Kentucky." Sports fans often enjoy a visit to the Great American Ballpark, home of America's first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. History buffs might gravitate toward the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Historic pubs, shops and galleries abound in the German-heritage district of MainStrasse in Covington. Faith-based meeting groups would be remiss not to stop by two of Kentucky's most-visited attractions, the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, which illustrate biblical history from the book of Genesis through world-class exhibits. Left: The Belle of Cincinnati plies the Ohio River between Newport and Cincinnati. Above: Guests walk underneath the exhibit tanks at the Newport Aquarium.

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