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Minneapolis Convention Center

Overview

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), the largest convention center in the Upper Midwest, has achieved Level One certification to the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings. Between the 475,000 square feet of exhibit space and the 87 meeting rooms, you’ll find the Center’s award-winning technical capabilities are second-to-none.

Designed to meet your business needs, the MCC is home to a 3,400 fixed-seat auditorium, 475,000 square feet of exhibit space, 87 meeting rooms and both a 28,000 square-foot ballroom and a 55,000 square-foot ballroom. For events, trade shows and conferences, the international sustainability venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner. From the superb production capabilities to the state-of-the-art kitchen, the MCC is well equipped to house your perfect event. 

Source : Venue Website

Facilities

Exhibition Area (sq ft)
475,000
Exhibition Hall
5
Largest Ballroom (sq ft)
55,000
Ballroom (seating)
3,400
Hotels (rooms)
NA
Largest Meeting Space (sq ft)
NA
Meeting (rooms)
87
Meeting Space (sq ft)
12,305
Catering
Breakfast,Lunch
Open Outdoor Area (sq ft)
NA
Dining (seating)
NA
Auditorium (seating)
NA
Source : Venue Website

Floor Plan


Source : Venue Website

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Press Releases

Jul 14, 2016

Minneapolis Convention Center Welcomes 10,000 National Conference Attendees at Four Major Events

NEWS RELEASE

Minneapolis Convention Center Welcomes 10,000 National Conference Attendees at Four Major Events

Minneapolis, MN (July 14, 2016)  Minneapolis will welcome 10,000 visitors for four major national conferences at the Minneapolis Convention Center in late July and early August. Altogether, these events will have an estimated economic impact of $25 million on the community.

The events include:

  • American Federation of Teachers 2016 Biennial National Convention – 3,500 attendees – July 17-21
  • International Association of Venue Managers 2016 Annual Conference & Trade Show (VenueConnect) – 2,100 attendees – July 23-26
  • PennWell Corporation 2016 HydroVision International – 4,000 attendees – July 26-29
  • Destination Marketing Association International 2016 Annual Convention – 1,300 attendees – Aug. 1-3

The Minneapolis Convention Center is having another strong year of activity following a year in which the center set a new record for highest annual revenue ever recorded at the facility. Within the city overall, Minneapolis hosted a record 604 meetings and conventions in 2015 that were booked by Meet Minneapolis, and the city’s annual hotel occupancy increased to an all-time record high 74 percent. National conventions are a key driver of business to hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions in the community.

Tweet using #AskMPLS to ask questions about Minneapolis while you’re in town for events, or even if you’re a local looking for ideas on what to do, where to eat, how to get around, and just about anything you’d like to know about the city. And be sure to stop by Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet, located in the center of the action at Nicollet and Fifth Street. It’s the perfect place to plan your time in Minneapolis, learn about transportation options, or find the perfect gift made by a Minnesota artist.

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit to the greater Minneapolis area.

Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.

Find out more:

Online: www.minneapolis.org and http://go.minneapolis.org 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meetminneapolis?ref=ts

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/meetminneapolis

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/meetminneapolis/

MEDIA CONTACT

Matt Laible, Communications and Public Relations Manager, 612.767.8220, mattl@minneapolis.org
 

May 5, 2016

Meet Minneapolis - Commissioned Study Shows Increased Visitor Counts and Spending as Indusrty Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

NEWS RELEASE

Meet Minneapolis - Commissioned Study Shows Increased Visitor Counts and Spending as Indusrty Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

Minneapolis, MN (May 5, 2016)  The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area saw 31.6 million total visitors in 2015, a 2 percent increase over 2014’s 30.9 million convention and leisure travel visitors, which is a new all-time record for the area. Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, announced today that a study conducted by D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd., shows that both the number of visitors and visitor spending increased yet again in 2015. This news arrives as the hospitality industry celebrates the 33rd annual National Travel & Tourism Week (May 1-7, 2016).

Those visitors spent $7.5 billion in the area, an increase of 1 percent over 2014, when spending was $7.4 billion. The number of leisure visitors alone also increased 1 percent to 22.5 million in 2015 from 22.3 million in 2014, with their spending increasing to $5.2 billion, or 2 percent over $5.1 billion spent in 2014.

“Minneapolis continues to set all-time hospitality records,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “This data further supports the contention that the industry is stronger than ever in Minneapolis, just as it is across the nation, where travel is one of America’s strongest industries.” Travel and tourism generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.

National Travel & Tourism Week gives the industry an opportunity to shine a light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

“Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 33,453 jobs right here in Minneapolis, or 10 percent of the local workforce,” said Tennant. “This week, we are celebrating these workers and what travel means to our community.”

In the set of cities Minneapolis competes for convention business with, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area’s 31.6 million visitors in 2015 put it behind the metropolitan area visitor count in Chicago (52 million in 2015). Visitor counts lower than Minneapolis’ were Indianapolis (26 million in 2014), St. Louis (24 million in 2014), Kansas City (24 million in 2014) and Denver (15 million in 2014). The competitive cities’ data have been made available publically; however, they may not be comparing the same criteria and were not part of the study commissioned by Meet Minneapolis.

Visits to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area are expected to continue to increase with a goal of 10 million more visitors, from 26.8 million in 2011 to a goal of 36.8 million in 2017.

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.

Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.

CONNECT WITH US!

Online: www.minneapolis.org and for deals & exclusive experiences: http://go.minneapolis.org

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meetminneapolis?ref=ts

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/meetminneapolis

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meetminneapolis/

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/meetminneapolis/

#askMPLS: Use this hashtag to get answers to all your Minneapolis questions from our team!

MEDIA CONTACT

Kristen Montag, communication and public relations manager, 612.767.8038, kristenm@minneapolis.org, @Minneapolis_PR  on Twitter.

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Mar 10, 2016

Meet Minneapolis evolves through its Destination Innovation initiative

NEWS RELEASE

Meet Minneapolis evolves through its Destination Innovation initiative

Minneapolis, MN (March 10, 2016)  As the hospitality and meetings and conventions industries continue to evolve, Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, recently completed an initiative that is repositioning the organization for success into the future. “Destination Innovation” was a year-long, in-depth examination of all aspects of Meet Minneapolis and how it does its work. The project resulted in a series of changes at Meet Minneapolis that were rolled out in early 2016.

Meeting planners, tourists, hotels and others who play key roles in the industry are changing how they operate, because of advances in technology, innovations in sales processes, and new ways to get information. That is why Meet Minneapolis undertook the Destination Innovation project, to ensure that it is nimble and well positioned to stay head of trends affecting destination marketing organizations (DMOs) in the coming years.

“I firmly believe that this evolution to Meet Minneapolis will keep us on the forefront of DMOs in the country,” said Melvin Tennant, President & CEO of Meet Minneapolis. “The outcomes of Destination Innovation will help us achieve our goals and most importantly, to bring greater numbers of visitors to Minneapolis and to help us achieve our vision of becoming the destination of choice.”

Meet Minneapolis approached the project by focusing on three levels of analysis: shifts in the industry, shifts among its peers and shifts in the organization. Through interviews, literature reviews, surveys, and organizational assessments, Meet Minneapolis and its consultants studied each of these areas in detail to inform its next steps as an organization.

As a result of this work, Meet Minneapolis identified four key areas that it will put a stronger focus on moving forward:

  • Public affairs and community relations
  • Public relations and communications
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Finance and human capital

Putting more emphasis on these areas led to several key changes to Meet Minneapolis’ organizational structure. That includes the creation of a Public Affairs Department and other changes that boost the organization’s communications capacity to make the most of its public relations, web, digital and social media channels.

Meet Minneapolis works closely with the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and with these changes, the organization is coming into even closer alignment with DMAI’s vision for what DMOs of the future will look like. DMAI indicates that successful DMOs will play an expanded role in economic development issues, they will focus on branding their destinations across markets, and they will capitalize on social media and smart technology to engage and access residents, the industry and key markets.

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit to the greater Minneapolis area.

Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.

CONNECT WITH US:

Online: www.minneapolis.org and http://go.minneapolis.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meetminneapolis?ref=ts

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/meetminneapolis

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/meetminneapolis/

MEDIA CONTACT

Matt Laible, Meet Minneapolis Director of Public Relations & Communications 612.767.8220, mattl@minneapolis.org

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Catering
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Tel: 612-335-6000

EVENT PLANNERS

Katie  Smith

Tel : 612-335-6035

MARKETING

 

EXHIBITORS

Wayne  Mahoney

Tel : 612-335-6020

ATTENDEES

Marcus  Travis

Tel : 612-335-6257