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New Hotels, Flights and Event Experiences in Columbus, Ga.

Columbus, Ga., has welcomed new hotels, event venues, flight paths and group experiences in 2021. Check out what’s new and trending for meetings in the “Cool Cat City”.

Columbus, Georgia has evolved into one of the emerging cultural gems of the South. Conveniently located in west central Georgia, along the Chattahoochee River, Georgia’s second largest city boasts iconic meeting venues, historic yet modern hotels, and world-renowned attractions. It's home to the longest urban whitewater course in the world, year-round performances spanning seven theaters within the original city, 46-attractions, and an explosive culinary scene that's garnered recent attention from Forbes, 365 Atlanta Traveler, and Matador Network to mention just few. 

Whether you are planning a statewide conference, regional meeting, or staff retreat, Columbus is the perfect destination. With over 750,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, more than 4,600 first class hotel rooms, and endless ways to entertain everyone in your group when the meeting is over, no other destination can promise the level of service to personally assist in planning every detail.

Easily Accessible by Car or New Flights

Getting here has never been easier! Columbus is the perfect drive-to destination in the Southeast, being 90 minutes south of Atlanta and nestled on the Georgia/Alabama Border. Columbus offers direct flights from Atlanta, and new direct flights via American Airlines from Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte. The Columbus Airport is just minutes from the city’s downtown area. 

A Mecca for Meeting Venues

Shaped for successful meeting experiences, Columbus' convention package is one of the most well-rounded in the region—all within walking distance to expansive meeting spaces and modern hotels. Adjacent to the Uptown Meeting Campus are outdoor adventures and exceptional dining in the vibrant Entertainment District. 

Skirting the bank of the Chattahoochee River, the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, also known as the Iron Works, is a 200-year-old local landmark and one of the most unique meeting and exhibition venues in the Southeast—totaling 182,000 square feet of functional meeting space ideal for any event-type. The Trade Center also offers three different event packages priced to accommodate your group's size and budget—and hybrid event options along with virtual capabilities to suit your planning needs.

Columbus GA Trade Center
The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center features over 180,000 square feet of meeting and event space, along with modern amenities within a historic structure.

From newly renovated to brand new, Columbus offers exceptional accommodations for your next meeting or event. Convenient as it is charismatic, the updated 178-room Columbus Marriott is Uptown's full-service convention hotel adjacent to the Trade Center. Meeting planners are also raving about the new and now open AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Downtown and Hotel Indigo Columbus at Riverfront Place, both adding modern charm, sophisticated appeal, and upscale amenities to meeting experiences.

Columbus GA NIM Courtyard
The award-winning National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is a unique venue ideal for private corporate meetings, with 190,000 square feet of space.

From Breakout Rooms to Outdoor Event Experiences

Regardless of size, from small meetings to large conferences — and anything in between—Columbus offers a range of indoor and outdoor venue spaces, rich in history with modern appeal to accommodate any group. The Uptown Meeting Campus features venues that can be used for breakout space or networking opportunities. Options include the Powerhouse Private Event Center, the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, and the Rankin Garden, Atrium, and Livery, to mention but a few.

Gather Like a Georgia Local

In Columbus, it's easy for attendees to mix business with leisure by extending their stay or bringing the family to play after the meeting has concluded. The destination features a variety of family-fun activities and can't-miss attractions, from outdoor excursions and recreation along the Chattahoochee River to museum tours and Broadway performances in the Entertainment District.

Columbus GA Banks Food Hall
Eat, drink, socialize and relax at Banks Food Hall, featuring indoor and outdoor dining spaces, bars and patios in more than 12,000 square feet of space.

Groups can choose from an array of Columbus restaurants, sure to please any attendee's palate, with options for outdoor dining and spaced seating. There's no better way to feel like a local than to dine like a local after a long day of meetings and workshops. Plan a fun, off-agenda group activity or embark on a walking food tour and savor the flavors of the city, sampling some of the best food Columbus has to offer.

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VisitColumbusGA Sales Team members pictured from left to right. Ashley Woitena with Bailey and Carter Flynn with Honey.

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Ashley Woitena, Senior Vice President-Sales
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Carter Flynn, Vice President-Sales
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