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Connecticut Convention Center


Affordable, accessible meetings in the heart of the Northeast


A-plus accommodations With more than 6,000 hotel rooms within 30 miles of the greater Hartford area, the Connecticut Convention Center has plenty of accommodation options for attendees to choose from. In downtown Hartford, approximately 1,600 hotel rooms are within easy walking distance of the center, including the AAA Four- Diamond, 409-room Marriott Hartford Downtown, which is directly attached to the convention center.


In a vibrant downtown currently in the midst of a renaissance, the Connecticut Convention Center is earning accolades for its affordabil- ity, flexibility, and impressive spaces. Beyond being the centerpiece of an ideal meeting destination — Hartford is a historic city at the epicenter of the largest population base in the country — the purpose-built convention center is at the heart of a region renowned for its natural beauty, history, and charm. The Connecticut Convention Center is the


Northeast’s newest, most ideal location for trade shows, conventions, business meet- ings, or any occasion that demands flexible space and a dramatic riverfront setting. Over- looking the Connecticut River at Adriaen’s Landing, Hartford’s new riverfront entertain- ment district, the convention center offers


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more than 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. And besides being the largest convention center between New York and Boston, the facility is within a two-and-a-half-hour drive for more than 23 million people. A dramatic 110-foot glass atrium and


tree-lined riverfront esplanade set the scene for spectacular entrances at the convention center. And whether it’s the in-house, award- winning food-and-beverage team or state-of- the-art audiovisual services, the facility has taken every aspect of hosting a successful event into consideration. In addition, meeting in Hartford can be significantly more cost- effective when compared to other cities in the Northeast. The facility’s work rules allow


exhibitors to carry or wheel equipment in on two wheels as well as set up their own booths. Besides the convention center’s on-site,


AAA Four-Diamond Marriott Hartford Down- town, which offers 409 guest rooms and 13,500 square feet of meeting space, there are a number of first-rate accommodations nearby. Meeting attendees will find 1,600 hotel rooms within downtown Hartford and 6,500 total hotel rooms within a 30-mile radi- us. The convention center is easily accessible by rail, bus, car, and plane. Hartford’s recently expanded Bradley International Airport is just 15 miles from the convention center, and the region’s crossroads of Interstates 84 and 91 are both a few blocks away. The Star Shuttle — New England’s first eco-friendly, biodiesel bus — offers free public transportation through-


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