Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 2013

Anaheim/Orange County

By Jennifer N. Dienst

Meetings with a side of sunny

Located in the heart of Southern California and known for its ideal year-round climate, Orange County has the unique Southern California lifestyle that gives meetings a laid-back energy and easy sophistication that can't be replicated anywhere else. Beyond its spacious meeting facilities and hotels, Orange County offers a safe, family-friendly destination to base a successful SoCal meeting experience. Orange County and Anaheim are just 30 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego, giving attendees easy access to four international airports.

Even repeat attendees will find that Orange County always has something new to discover. This year, the Anaheim Convention Center debuted the Grand Plaza, a new, 100,000-square-foot outdoor campus that gives meeting planners a venue for large gatherings, concerts, receptions, and exhibitions. Also new and highly anticipated, The Source, in nearby Buena Park, will have 500,000 square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment to explore when completed, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will complete a new transportation facility in 2014. The ARTIC will transport people between popular activity centers and business districts in Southern California.

One of the biggest reasons why meeting planners continually return to Orange County is its well-developed infrastructure. Anaheim and Orange County combined have 55,000 hotel guest rooms, four airports, and a modern convention center. Throw in world-class entertainment, professional sporting events, a diverse dining scene, famously beautiful beaches, and unsurpassed shopping, and planners have a well-rounded meeting destination that will impress any crowd. In Downtown Anaheim, which has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years, attendees can explore two districts — Center Street, an eclectic array of locally owned restaurants and shops, and the nearby Packing District, which is known for its retro-style architecture.

AT A GLANCE

Convention facilities

  • The Anaheim Convention Center, with 1.6 million square feet of exhibit space

Hotel rooms

  • 55,000 in Anaheim and Orange County

Attractions

  • Nine beaches, 40-plus championship golf courses, Disneyland Resort, and shopping at every price point — from the high-end South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to The Outlets at Orange
For more information: Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau — 855.405.5020; anaheimoc.org

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