Why Columbia

You’ll find all manner of reasons to have your meeting in Columbia. Here’s ten to get you started!

1.    Accessibility
With quick access to three interstates, I-77, I-20 and I-26, as well as Columbia Metropolitan Airport (located only 15 minutes from downtown!), both driving and flying into Columbia is easy.

2.    Affordability
Get the big city experience without the big city price tag. Enjoy exquisite venues, accommodations and dining on a budget that’s as friendly as the service you’ll receive every step of the way.

3.    Vibrant Diversity
As home to both the state’s capital and its largest university, it’s a vibrant city and creative hub that’s bursting with ideas, forward thinkers and modern attitudes.

4.    Walkable Downtown
The connectivity in Columbia makes it easy to navigate between districts on foot. Additionally, the 142,500 sq. ft. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is within walking distance to about 1,500 hotel rooms, more than 60 restaurants and nightlife options, shopping and more.

5.    Culinary
If there’s one thing we know in the South, it’s the importance of a good meal. From pulled pork barbecue and pimento cheeseburgers to fine dining and authentic ethnic cuisine, Columbia runs the gamut on culinary offerings and makes sure that no visitor goes hungry.

6.    Collaboration of Hospitality Partners
Not only do you have the Experience Columbia, SC team to help you find the right venue and hotel for your event, but our close relationships with our hospitality partners makes it easy for all of us to plan and communicate together.

7.    CMCC Sustainability
Host a large event with a small carbon footprint! The convention center has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives such as recycling, locally sourcing food items, composting and more.

8.    Attractions
Come early, stay late and bring the family! Columbia is home to a number of fun places to visit such as Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum and Historic Columbia properties.

9.    Nightlife
The work day has to end sometime! Head out into the Vista, Main Street or Five Points districts for a lively evening of dinner, drinks, outdoor seating and live music.

10.    Weather/ Outdoors
With temps often reaching the 70’s in winter, year-round outdoor activities are plentiful. Get some fresh air on the Three Rivers Greenway, in Finlay Park or at nearby Congaree National Park.