the center. The proximity of the convention center to the city’s downtown area,
as well as palm-lined pedestrian promenades and pathways that are also bike-friendly, helped get the area onto the list
of the “Most Walkable Neighborhoods in
America,” by WalkScore.com.
If convention attendees are out on their
own in downtown Indianapolis, they can
take advantage of local discounts with
the “Show Us Your Badge” program.
Visit Indy partnered on this with dozens
of the 250 local restaurants and attractions that are walking distance from the
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil
Stadium. Yes, a convention badge works
to get the discounts at most participating
locations, but there’s also a printed and an
electronic version of the list of discounts
that can be presented for cash-off deals.
A recent example of a list of nearby
partners on Visit Indy’s Show Us Your
Badge program included 57 places — not
just restaurants and attractions, but also
performing arts centers, recreation outlets, shopping centers, and tours — where
groups get discounts.
“These are especially popular with attendees who come with families,” says Lisa
Wallace, Visit Indy’s senior communications manager of conventions and meetings.
In particular, the Eiteljorg Museum,
which is a downtown showcase for
American Indian and Western Art, reports
high participation in the $2-off coupons
that are included in the Show Us Your
Badge program, according to Wallace.
“Planners say this is very important and
San Juan Excitement
valuable,” she says. “Not only does it save at-
tendees money, it saves planners time because
they don’t have to research what’s nearby and
seek out discounts themselves.”
The 250 restaurants that are within the
city’s convention center district are also
easily walkable from a dozen hotels (and
4,700 rooms) that are connected to the
convention center by enclosed skywalks.
That means rain or shine, attendees can
safely walk to meetings or after-hours net-
working or entertainment options.
In between education sessions at a large- scale convention, grabbing a coffee or
catching up on emails might be a typical
way to pass the time. But in 2019, event
attendees at the Puerto Rico Convention
Center (PRCC), in San Juan, can check out
a concert, pop in to a “day disco,” or take a
ride on a zip-line course. These are all part
of the offerings being planned as part of the
new District Live! entertainment complex
The five-acre entertainment district, expected to open in early 2019, will feature a
170-room luxury hotel (with 6,000 square
feet of meeting space), a 44,000-square-foot
Plaza (offering the Caribbean’s largest LED
screen and outdoor presentation stages), an
18,000-square-foot “day and night disco,”
a 500-seat performance space, television
and radio broadcast studios, and an eight-screen premium movie theater. All of it will
be anchored by the 600,000-square-foot
PRCC, providing visitors with an impressive array of attractions to complement the
property’s current event offerings (including a
39,500-square-foot ballroom, top-notch A/V,
and original art displays). The convention center is also updating its public areas to include
a bar-lounge area and branded-coffee cafe.
It is being developed under a partnership between Island Hospitality Partners and
the Puerto Rico Convention Center District
Authority. AEG Facilities, which took over the
operations of the PRCC last year, will also be
overseeing the management of District Live!
If the all-encompassing attractions of the San
Juan center sound similar to the hugely successful L.A. Live complex, that is likely because AEG is also the organization behind that
entertainment district. —Alex Palmer
District Live! will transform San Juan’s
convention center district
The National Blues Museum is the latest St. Louis
gem close to the convention center
St. Louis’ Cervantes Convention Center is walking
distance from city icons like the Gateway Arch