Charlotte, North Carolina has seen its share of large events in the national spotlight, as well as more niche gatherings. From hosting the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with events across the city, to welcoming the 2021 Religious Conference Management Association’s Emerge Conference, Charlotte has become a prime destination. Beyond the top-tier venues visitors will enjoy, there’s an array of award-winning dining, outdoor adventures and thrilling sights to take in.
See how to make Charlotte a memorable meeting destination in just seven steps.
1. Select one of the city’s inspiring venues.
Love spaces with customizable features? Charlotte has plenty of places to meet. Once a major expansion is completed this year, the Charlotte Convention Center will have 600,000 total square feet that encompasses 10,000-square-foot spaces that can take on 19 different configurations. Prefer something more unique? The adjacent NASCAR Hall of Fame features lively spaces like the Great Hall reception area filled with NASCAR memorabilia, as well as the Inside NASCAR exhibit, where attendees can go head-to-head in realistic racing simulators.
2. Ensure easy transportation options for guests.
Uptown venues alone are an easy seven-mile ride from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in the world. Driving guests can also park at different park-and-ride locations along the 26-station LYNX Blue Line light rail that runs from South Charlotte to University City. The best part: guests staying and meeting in Uptown can easily traverse Center City on foot in 10-15 minutes. And as a bonus for this summer, there will be a new overstreet pedestrian walkway with a light display that connects the Charlotte Convention Center with the light rail and the Westin Charlotte.
3. Open the door to luxurious accommodations.
There are more than 5,600 hotel rooms for the taking in Uptown. Want local charm? Send visitors to The Dunhill Hotel, which blends sophistication and Southern hospitality. It’s also known for its restaurant, The Asbury, which serves modern Southern fare. For a cool city vibe, direct guests to the chic JW Marriott opening this summer. View-seekers can venture to the rooftop lounge and pool.
4. Rely on built-in safety protocols.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) is committed to the health and safety of visitors. For example, the Charlotte Convention Center follows a We Clean with Care commitment intended to exceed guest standards through sanitization and disinfection procedures. This particular venue also uses needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) and thermal cameras, and has the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation.
5. Help guests feel welcome with Charlotte’s diverse, artistic and inclusive culture.
Don’t let them miss out on culturally diverse attractions and experiences. Guests are invited to explore the Levine Avenue of the Arts, where they can get admission to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and The Mint Museum. Guests can also discover minority-owned businesses, starting with lunch at Botiwalla at Optimist Hall, inspired by India’s street-food scene.
6. Make sure culinary delights continue before and after meetings.
While Charlotte’s known as a craft beer city, the dining scene is exploding. Visitors can get the day started with must-try coffee or doughnut spots like Not Just Coffee at 7th Street Public Market and end the day right with this list of 101 must-try restaurants (hint: Bardo in South End).
7. Wrap up the excitement of event days with outdoor recreation recommendations.
Nearly half of Charlotte is covered by trees, so nature is always nearby. Cyclists, walkers and joggers can move along the 52 miles of local greenway with destinations in mind like First Ward Park Uptown. Visitors can take it up a notch with the Award-Winning Trail from the Charlotte Trail Guide, moving through South End to sample some of the city’s best dining and drink spots.
Learn more about planning your next meeting in Charlotte here.