Close to major transportation hubs, abundant in high-quality meetings facilities, activities and attractions, the future is bright for this appealing waterfront convention destination

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – July 29, 2019 – Cvent has named National Harbor, Maryland, the 29th best meeting destination in America, up three spots from the previous year. Cvent, a leading resource for event planners across the nation, has ranked National Harbor as a Top 50 U.S. Meeting Destination every year since 2013.

National Harbor’s allure comes from its idyllic location on the Potomac River, multitude of meeting facilities for groups of any size, as well as its impressive array of options for off-site events. This mix of group facilities and additional event spaces provides planners an abundance of easy to implement scheduling options. Walkable locations for after-conference networking and team building adds to the overall strength of this destination for planners.

Easily accessed from Washington D.C., National Harbor has a charming Waterfront District that offers attendees plenty of dining and shopping experiences between sessions and for added incentive, the highly popular Tanger Outlets provide an additional shopping opportunity. Meeting goers can opt for the ultimate networking backdrop via The Capital Wheel’s private gondolas, which transport riders 180 feet into the air with views of the Washington Monument, Alexandria, Georgetown and more.

The destination’s largest convention property, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers a waterfront option replete with 94 event rooms, nearly 2,000 guest rooms, over half a million sq. ft. of total event space and over 100 breakout rooms. MGM National Harbor offers varying sophisticated event spaces up to 50,000 sq. ft., luxurious on-site shopping and the largest gaming floor outside of Las Vegas, proving that this destination is one of the most comprehensive meeting locations in the U.S.

For a more boutique stay, planners can opt for the independently owned Harborside Hotel, which in addition to its 200 guest rooms and suites, also offers more than 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space as well as a local flair. Alternatively, the AC Hotel National Harbor caters to a meeting audience ideal for smaller groups aspiring to be steps away from restaurants, shopping and the buzz of National Harbor’s Waterfront District. AC Hotel offers 8 event rooms and nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

The destination also includes two historic venues:  Oxon Hill Manor & National Colonial Farm which provide a contrasting meetings backdrop to the hotels at National Harbor. Oxon Hill Manor, with its sweeping vistas of the Potomac River, is a popular venue for board meetings and functions. National Colonial Farm provides a great opportunity for planners to promote green meetings, team building exercises, and educational experiences about Maryland life in the 1700’s. 

“As we continue to see National Harbor develop as a destination, it is incredibly special to receive recognition from a voice as trusted in the industry as Cvent. We have seen tangible proof of our maturing as a convention draw through the business we have hosted across the largest global industries such as financial services, medical, tech and beyond,” states Josh Winston, Director of Tourism, National Harbor Convention & Visitors Association. “National Harbor prides itself on making meetings simple to plan, effective and fun! It is for this reason that we often see referrals and repeat business.”

By the Numbers
National Harbor offers an impressive ability to cater to varying group dynamics. Regardless of need, every group event at National Harbor has the ability to capitalize on a destination that truly offers an unforgettable experience for everyone. National Harbor features:

  • 8 hotels
  • 15 unique outdoor venues
  • 3,400 guest rooms
  • 40 restaurants
  • 1,135,800 Sq. Ft. of meeting space
  • 1,996 guest rooms at a single hotel

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