Asheville, North Carolina is situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is one of America's most vibrant destinations. The breathtaking mountain scenery is met with a sophisticated yet bohemian culture and provides an ideal backdrop for inspired meetings. The area boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a fun and inviting downtown, numerous historic attractions and amazing food. Planners of conventions, conferences, trade shows and other events will also find:
A wide range of business amenities? You got it. Outstanding venues? Absolutely. But what really makes Asheville an ideal choice for meetings is an atmosphere that never fails to invigorate the spirit.
Many event planners have stated Asheville draws record attendance and becomes the standard with which future meetings are compared. Sixty-five percent of meeting planners surveyed in 2011 reported higher attendance levels in Asheville compared to other destinations.
The area offers an array of spectacular meeting and special event locations - from AAA Four Diamond resorts to Leed Certified hotels. Create a memorable off-site event at a local craft brewery or the stunning 8,000 acre estate and site of America's Largest Home, Biltmore. Choose from the urban, edgy venues of downtown and the River Arts District, or a natural setting with sweeping mountain views. Whatever the event goals, you can achieve them here.
Numerous nationally accredited speakers call Asheville home. Save on your speaker budget without sacrificing inspiration and education. For more information on the accredited speakers in our backyard, click here. Looking for attendee gifts, entertainment options and activities with local flair? Contact our convention service manager at 828.258.6106 for ideas.
For attendees expecting unique experiences and to easily connect to local culture, Asheville delivers. In their downtime, attendees can enjoy more than 250 independent restaurants and a fiercely local food community that is reinventing what it means to be farm-to-table. Beer lovers will drool over the 11 craft breweries in Beer City USA and shoppers will find a treasure-trove of uncommon businesses that could only flourish here. A destination for rejuvenation since the 1800s, Asheville is also an oasis for health-conscious, active vacationers.
Inspiring adventures, unbridled creativity and deep cultural roots. It doesn't take long to see why Asheville continues to earn praise:
Event planners can save on speaker budgets by hiring a nationally accredited speaker located in Asheville. These professional speakers have earned this title after speaking for companies and audiences on a national level. They earn more than fifty percent of their annual income from professional speaking, and they are members in good standing with the National Speakers Association. In addition, they invest annually in continuing education to expand their platform and presentation skills.