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innovative centers & unique venues


Cleveland The intersection of affordability, accessibility, and first-class facilities


A vibrant lakeside city, Cleveland is full of new developments and new discoveries. In fact, the city currently has $2 billion worth of them in the works, from a number of new hotel properties to a $465-million, game-changing convention center set to open this month. The new Cleveland Convention Center &


Global Center for Health Innovation is com- prised of two facilities — a 750,000-square- foot convention center, which opened in June, and a 235,000-square-foot global cen- ter, opening this fall. Designed to meet the unique needs of both the medical market- place and the meetings industry, the hybrid


facility will offer a plethora of LEED Silver– certified spaces for everything from educa- tion to exhibitions. And with a prime location close to downtown Cleveland’s most popular attractions and hotels, the new convention center hits all the marks. Beyond its state-of-the-art facilities, Cleve-


land’s easy accessibility helps make meetings affordable and convenient. Cleveland Hop- kins International Airport (CLE), a Midwest hub for United Airlines, is just 12 miles from downtown and offers more than 240 daily departures to 70-plus nonstop destinations. Planners with a high number of drive-in attendees will appreciate that Cleveland is at the intersection of three major interstate highways and within 500 miles of 43 percent of the U.S. population. Competitive pricing and hotel costs


Venues with a view The Great Lakes Science Center is just one of many attractions overlooking Lake Erie that meeting planners can use for off-site meetings and events — which also include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and FirstEnergy Stadium, formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium.


lower than most major U.S. cities also bump Cleveland to the top of the short list — not to mention the fact that the city’s wide variety of hotel brands add up to more than 3,000 rooms in downtown and 2,100 rooms near CLE. Most of Cleveland’s hotel properties can accommodate meetings and conventions, offering anywhere from 10,000 to 90,000 square feet of meeting space. And there’s always somewhere new to stay or meet — the 150-room Aloft Hotel Cleveland Downtown opened as part of the new Flats East Bank waterfront district in June, and the 153-room Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle recently opened within walking dis- tance of University Hospitals and Case West- ern Reserve University.


For more information: Positively Cleveland


— Ron Newman, Director of Sales; (216) 875- 6630; rnewman@positivelycleveland.com; ClevelandMeetings.com


Open now The convention-center portion of the $465-million Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation opened its doors last month. The 750,000-square-foot convention center includes a 225,928-square-foot exhibit hall and a column-free, 32,193-square-foot ballroom.


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