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Best Conference Destinations

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Whether your are in finance, fashion for film, the difference between a good industry conference and a bad one is all about the destination.  And while transportation, business-friendly hotels, the location and quality of restaurants and entertainment, and good ole' local hospitality all play critical roles in the success of any trade gathering, a great conference center is absolutely key.  The quality of modern facilities, wi-fi and audio/visual technology, adequate and varied meeting space, concierge services, security and comfort will make or break a conference.  Some cities shine in this regard, others do not.  Here are some at the head of the pack.

Queen Sirikit National Convention Center

Bangkok is a ideal destination for business travelers and the Queen Sirikit Convention Center is the crown jewel in making this the Thai capital a world-class big event town. The Convention Center is centrally located, easily accessible by all major forms of transportation and is both massive and...

Bella Center

Excellent large event venue! And despite its enormous size, it was not big enough for the COP15 climate talks. People had to take turns being inside! But this place is beautiful, modern, green and a good representative of Danish ingenuity.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Beautiful, modern convention center in the heart of midtown, and on the water. Great access to restaurants, hotels and the Lincoln Tunnel. Ample meeting space for any size event imaginable.

Baltimore Convention Center

No U.S. east coast city is as well-suited for big conference and convention events as Baltimore. Small, compact and visitor friendly, Baltimore's downtown and Inner Harbor areas are a conference organizers dream come true. Everything's in walking distance - great restaurants and...

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

I absolutely love staying in this hotel. It's convenient to many great restaurants and bars in the Financial District, as well as the Embarcadero and the Stadium. The main lobby is beautiful, but can be a little dizzying if you have a room overlooking it by too many stories up. Not a great place if...

Expotrade Convention Center

This is a world-class conference center venue serving the Curitiba metropolitan area. I attended a major UN conference here in 2005 and it was spectacular. Very well run and a very nice place to be.