Columbia appreciates your consideration to host a meeting or convention. To help you navigate through your meeting planning needs, we’ve compiled some commonly asked questions about the Columbia area. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 573-875-1231.
Q: Why should I work with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) when researching a meeting location or venue?
A: We are here to make your job easier! Working with Columbia CVB will make planning and implementing your meeting less time-consuming and more efficient. We work to accommodate your needs and budget. Columbia CVB will direct you to the appropriate contacts at hotels, meeting facilities, attractions, restaurants and service providers that can help you achieve your meeting goals.
Columbia CVB will act as a ‘middle man’ for you, matching your unique meeting needs to the appropriate products and services available in our community. By assisting you in securing proposals and setting up site visits, you will save invaluable time.
Q: Why Columbia, MO, for my next meeting?
A: Convenient LOCATION. Columbia is centrally located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis at the I-70 and Highway 63 interchange. It’s just 30 minutes away from the state capital, Jefferson City, and an hour away from the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. We also have the Columbia Regional Airport that proudly supports American Airlines’ daily and direct service to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Forth- Worth with hundreds of connecting destinations beyond. Not to mention the over 200 restaurants, galleries, entertainment options and so much more!
Q: What size conventions can Columbia accommodate?
A: Columbia is fortunate to have a wide variety of meeting and lodging facilities. We can accommodate a festival that could need over 230 acres of indoor/outdoor space with barns and multipurpose buildings to an indoor 37,000 sq. ft. meeting space that includes an expo center. Depending on your set up, attendance and the time of year, there’s usually a facility that can fit your requirements.
Q: How many hotel rooms are located within the Columbia area?
A: With over 38 hotels, the Columbia area offers nearly 3,500 hotel rooms, all within a 10 minute or less drive of the downtown District area. There are approximately 175 hotel rooms in the heart of the downtown. Additionally, there are approximately 10 rooms available at a variety of bed and breakfasts.
Q: What types of groups can qualify for services?
A: From large annual conventions to intimate board retreats, the possibilities are endless! Complimentary services are tailored to suit the needs of each and every event.