3 Reasons to Plan Your Next Conference in Washington DC

Posted on: 28 September 2015

If you have been given the task of planning the next large corporate event, national conference, or corporate meeting, and you have your choice of venues, consider Washington, DC. Not only will you find a wide array of conference facilities to choose from, you will find many other characteristics in the city that will make your event a huge success. 

Top Meeting Destination

For the last three years Cvent has evaluated over 5,000 cities based on their meeting event booking activity. For all three years, Washington, DC has always been in the top 10. Although in 2014, the city had fallen to eight, it is only being outpaced by much larger cities who simply offer a higher number of spaces.

With 117 hotels, offering over 29,000 rooms, you will definitely have no problem finding somewhere for your participants to stay. You will have no problem finding a place to have your event with conference facilities that range from the private embassies, chancelleries, and other locations that are available for rent.

Prime Location

When you are planning a large corporate event, you want to choose a location that is easy to get to. Washington, DC definitely offers that. The city is served by three major airports. While none of these are actually located in the city itself, they all offer easy and convenient transportation to any of the conference facilities and hotels within the city. The airports are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

If your guests are close enough to drive in, they will find easy access via I-95 to I-495 which is also known as the Capital Beltway. Let your participants know that they will need to give themselves plenty of driving time, since the city is well known for its traffic congestion especially rush hour times. Parking can also be difficult to find in the city. Depending on where people are coming from, they can also access the city by train, or even by bus.

If you are not going to have adequate parking for your guest at the site of your conference facilities, you may want to consider arranging some type of transportation to ferry your participants back and forth between your conference and their hotels. The good news is, if this is not something you want to place on your agenda of things to do, the city offers ample taxi cabs, bus service, as well the metro. If your attendees are staying at a nearby hotel, they may want to simply consider walking to and from your location.

Culturally Rich

When planning a successful event, not only do you want your participants to have plenty to do during your meeting, you also want to ensure they have plenty to do during their free time. There is a wide array of activities for your attendees to participate in throughout the city, and the best part is many of these activities are either free, or accessible for a minimum fee. Here you can find traditional sightseeing attractions. These include:

  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Washington Monument
  • Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • U.S. Capital
  • The White House
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Zoo

You will also find a city rich with nightlife, authentic cultural cuisine, and a wide array of performing arts. Your greatest challenge will not be finding activities that your attendees are interested in, but in ensuring that they get plenty of rest so that they will be ready to attend your event.

As you plan your event, you will find that Washington, DC will offer you everything and more you need to make your event a success. Click here to begin looking at venue options for your next event.