The Cleveland Advantage

January 27, 2016

The Cleveland Advantage

Why you should bring your next meeting to Cleveland.


Cleveland offers competitive pricing and lower costs than most major U.S. cities. According to Runzheimer International's Guide to Daily Travel Prices, Cleveland features lower hotel rates as well as lower costs for food and entertainment. In the end, the affordable package of amenities offered in Cleveland translates into dollars saved on travel necessities like lodging, meals and transportation.


Cleveland is located within 500 miles of 43% of the United States population. It's accessible by three airports, Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), Burke Lakefront Airport (BLK) and Akron-Canton (CAK), as well as Amtrak. We're ideally situated at the intersection of three major interstate highways, namely I-90, I-77 and I-71 and along the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). According to the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, our city's bus rapid transit (BRT) system is the best in North America. Easy routes, excellent positioning and multiple transit opportunities give your travelers options and provide shorter drive times than other Midwest destinations. 


Cleveland will have a condensed package of nearly 5,000 guestrooms in 18 downtown hotels by the end of 2016. Nine hundred rooms are currently adjacent to the new FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland. Just east, the University Circle neighborhood offers more than 800 rooms near major medical centers, while more than 3,000 rooms are available within a five-mile radius of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Cleveland region contains approximately 23,000 rooms representing an array of well-recognized hotel brands. Clearly, your travelers benefit from a wide variety of choice and budget. And, a compact downtown room block maximizes time, allowing delegates to be more productive while providing more networking opportunities and exhibitor visibility.

Award-winning Services

Our caliber of service distinguishes us from other destinations. We have an outstanding team of professionals waiting to help you. Dedicated convention services staff will ensure that your meeting runs smoothly (from housing to transportation and beyond) and that your expectations are given top priority. And, members of the Destination Cleveland team are Certified Meeting Professionals.

Cleveland, the Logical Choice

The following associations and organizations have booked Cleveland for their future conferences or have recently held a successful meeting here:

  • American Bus Association
  • Association of Iron & Steel Technology
  • Content Marketing World
  • Gay Games 9
  • General Synod of the United Church of Christ
  • Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Connectathon
  • International Economic Development Council
  • League of American Orchestras
  • Republican National Convention
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
  • Rubber Division, American Chemical Society
  • Shaklee Corp.
  • Trade Show News Network Awards
  • Transplant Games of America
Market Proximity

The region sits within 500 miles of 43 percent of the nation's population and 60 percent of the country's Fortune 500 companies - making Cleveland an exceedingly accessible destination.

  • 41% of U.S. Households
  • 43% of U.S. Population
  • 46% of U.S. Total Employment
  • 49% of U.S. Manufacturing Employment
  • 56% of U.S. Effective Buying Income (EBI)
  • 60% of Top 500 U.S. Corporate Headquarters
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