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Education will relocate to Union Terminal next year. Flying into Cincinnati is now easier with new routes and low-cost carriers serving the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Recent additions include Southwest Airlines in June 2017 and several new routes through Frontier.

AKRON

Planners will find 13 full-service hotels in Greater Akron, all surrounding the John S. Knight Center. Akron’s primary meeting facility

center upgrade “Exhibitors are often the ones who support your group financially, and so for Experience Columbus to go the extra mile and thank them was really a nice extra touch for those folks.” —Ann McLeod, CEM, CAE, Director of Meetings, Marketing & Business Development, Society of American Military Engineers

The city of Akron, home to the John S. Knight Center (top) offers a 30,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall, 12,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, 17,000 sq. ft. of additional breakout rooms and a 3,000-sq.-ft., two-story glass rotunda. A rooftop patio, ideal for receptions with a view, is also available. Many of the spaces are divisible or combinable, increasing a planner’s options. Across the street from the John S. Knight Center is Greystone Hall, a 100-year-old Masonic Temple with ornate interiors. Groups can take advantage of its seven stories of banquet and breakout space. While Greystone Hall may be familiar to groups who have convened at the John S. Knight Center, there are many other intriguing nontraditional event venues in Akron and its environs, including the following: The newly renovated Goodyear Theater complex, comprised of the 1,458-capacity Goodyear Theater and 3,500-capacity Goodyear Hall. The Designer’s Barn & Gardens, home of the late Robert L. Hunker. An environmental, architectural and interior designer, Hunker was responsible for the preservation and restoration of the Village of Peninsula and founded the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Among many projects, he helped to restore Bronson Memorial Church, a rentable venue built in 1839. The Akron Art Museum, which includes a brick building that opened in 1899 as Akron’s main post office and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, a visually spectacular 63,000-sq.-ft. building debuted as part of the museum; the facility received a 2005 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, a 200,000-sq.-ft. venue that represents the history of arena rock with a priceless collection of memorabilia throughout the property. Special event venues include the 300-seat Club Velvet, 1,800-seat Hard Rock LIVE concert venue and the Northfield Park Racetrack Clubhouse accommodating 600 guests. Hale Farm & Village, an outdoor living history museum that includes the 200-year-old farm of the Hale Family. Nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley, the 90-acre grounds are home to the 1850 Greek Revival Meetinghouse, Gatehouse, Crawford Rotunda, Hanna Garden and other picturesque venues. 31

• Physicists in Medicine (2021). These groups will be able to take advantage of numerous upgrades to the city’s hospitality product. Highlights include: A streetscape improvement of High Street in the Short North that will make it easier to access the area’s 100-plus restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The National Veterans Memorial & Museum, currently under construction on downtown Columbus’ Scioto peninsula and scheduled for completion by mid-2018. A new 12,000-sq.-ft. event venue on the roof of the six-story Smith Bros. Hardware Building, located near the GCCC. New hotels including the 149-room Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection; a dual-branded Marriott property featuring a 240-room Marriott hotel, a 114-room Residence Inn and 12,000 sq. ft. of function space; a 167-room Aloft hotel (late 2018); a 168-room Canopy by Hilton across from the GCCC (early 2019); and a 171-room Graduate Hotel in the Short North neighborhood (spring 2019). —G.S.

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Facilities & Destinations - Fall/Winter 2017  

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Facilities & Destinations - Fall/Winter 2017  

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