Discover Top 10 Reasons Why Planners Meet In Anaheim

Intimate and unique. Grand and dramatic. Whatever your vision, Anaheim is home to everything you need for seamless, high-impact events. Here’s what meeting professionals need to know.

1. It’s easy to get here.

Conveniently situated between Los Angeles and San Diego, Anaheim is close to four major airports: John Wayne, LAX, Long Beach and Ontario. And with 20 million people living within a 90-mile radius, there’s a good chance your attendees can simply drive in.  


2. The West Coast’s largest convention center.

As of September 2017, the Anaheim Convention Center will offer 99 meeting rooms and more than 250,000 square feet of flexible space.  As special as it is spacious, the ACC also offers a huge outdoor plaza with palm trees, twinkle lights, food trucks and live music.


3. A hub of 153 hotels in Anaheim. (That’s 22,543 rooms.)

And they’re all within two miles of the convention center. Or, if you’d like to skip the car rental altogether, choose one of the 42 properties (9,109 rooms) that lie within a very walkable ½ mile. There are an additional 354 hotels in Orange County with a wide variety of meeting and activity space.


4. And speaking of walking…

Two legs may be all the transportation your attendees need. Three world-class hotels—Anaheim Marriott, Hilton Anaheim and Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort—are connected by a plaza and offer 275,000 square feet of function space. With 100 restaurants nearby and countless options for shopping and entertainment, consider your transportation to-do list done.

4. Cool alternative venues.

It’s easy to tailor your meeting space to your meeting goals in Anaheim. If you’d like to shake things up a bit, explore the many options in revitalized downtown Anaheim, a historic, hip (and walkable) area brimming with distinctive restaurants and award-winning breweries. Or host an offbeat gathering at the new House of Blues (think iconic bands, menus, and mixologists), Angel Stadium or even a flight simulation center. The possibilities are endless.


5. Warm, sunny weather.

With 300+ days of sunshine every year, Anaheim weather is a meeting planner’s dream. There’s no snow is in our forecast, and only 13 inches of rain annually. Temperatures average a delightful 67 degrees.


6. Savor Anaheim.

Anaheim, yes, is a top convention destination. But the dining here is anything but conventional. We’re in the belly of Southern California. Sure, we have a buffet of familiar national chains. But we’re very much a foodie city too, one driven by award-winning chefs who sustain what here has become a very cool era of dining out. Our restaurants pull from a bounty of locally grown organic produce. They select the fresh sustainable catch from the Pacific Ocean and grass-fed meats from regional ranches. Chef-inspired concepts thrive in hip, trendy districts where the food looks as good as it tastes. Our many artisanal restaurants have changing farm-to-fork menus. Our eateries run the gamut from greasy spoons to garden-fresh, health-conscious hotspots. Our ethnic enclaves offer authentic favorites. Our drinkeries reward anyone with a fondness for craft beer and the mixology behind cocktails. This is a place where you can bring on the night. Taste. Swig. Sip. Savor. Unwind in Anaheim.


7. Beaches within reach.

The perfect before- or after-meeting perk, a trip to the Pacific takes a mere 20 minutes. Attendees can wind their way down the 42-mile Orange County coastline, or spend an unforgettable day at iconic Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach or Newport Beach.  


8. Theme parks and other attractions.

Anaheim is a legendary place to bookend any meeting or to weave into team-building activities. Choices include Disneyland Resort®, professional sporting events, outdoor recreation, luxury shopping and more.


9. Exceptional support for meeting professionals.

Visit Anaheim’s Client Services staff offers free, customized, one-on-one support to ensure a successful, enjoyable event. Best of all, our team includes a dedicated marketing liaison to assist with customized promotion plans and tools to boost attendance and exhibitor engagement.


10. It’s only getting better.

The Anaheim Resort district continues major growth to meet the increasing demands of convention and meeting planners who choose Anaheim as their destination for business and leisure. Since 2014 major hotel brands have invested heavily in new construction and substantial renovations to better serve the convention market. Seven brand hotels have plans to build in Anaheim and in neighboring Garden Grove, adding 2,287 rooms by 2021.

Choose Anaheim

Cvent's Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United StatesMore than 1.4 million people visited Anaheim in 2015 to attend meetings and conventions. Check out the Sales Brochure to learn more about this destination's benefits, venues, hotels with meeting spaces, distinctive dining options, entertainment, golf, recreation, and nightlife.

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