From outstanding facilities and building services to unparalleled accessibility and legendary attractions, we can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t bring your event to Boston.
But to break it down even further, here is a list of 10 wicked good reasons to choose Boston for you next event!
1. Accessibility to attract more attendees
Boston offers the largest and most valuable attendee base within a two-hour travel radius of any city in North America. We are on track to become the third largest gateway with direct access to Europe on the East Coast—a development largely due to Delta Airlines’ recent expansion at Boston Logan International Airport.
In September 2019, the airline assumed all operations at Terminal A, becoming its sole operator for the first time since 2005.
2. World-class convention facilities
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) is the most flexible, customer-friendly, and technologically-advanced convention facility in the world.
The Hynes Convention Center is the best-located major convention center in the country—right in the heart of Boston’s bustling Back Bay, surrounded by world-class shopping, dining, and attractions. Both convention centers are AIPC Gold Certified for excellence in convention center management.
3. Leading technology
We know the importance of staying connected, so our Wi-Fi is always free! We offer a 10 Gigabit, fully-redundant Fiber network that allows more devices to be connected simultaneously (35,000+ at the BCEC and 15,000+ at the Hynes) with more bandwidth and better security. And our award-winning, on-site, IT support staff is available 24/7 to guide and assist you with all of your technology needs.
4. Best hotel solutions for your event
Greater Boston boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms, with a variety of brands and price points to choose from. The city’s hotel market has been experiencing an unprecedented growth in the past few years with thousands of new hotel rooms being consistently added to the city’s inventory—the 1054-room, full-service Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport is under development across from the BCEC and expected to be completed in early 2021.
Our Hotel Relations & Services Team, the first of its kind in the industry, helps you assemble the optimal hotel package for your event and serves as your personal liaison to the Boston hotel community.
5. Easy access to various points in the city
Getting around Boston is easy for event attendees. Boston has a convenient public transportation system known as “the T” and is also considered to be “America’s Walking City” for its compact footprint.
The majority of Boston hotels are within a 15-minute drive of Boston Logan International Airport, and are within walking distance of our convention centers, restaurants, shops and attractions.
6. Award-winning services
Boston offers an award-winning portfolio of services to support you and your event, including building, hotel, and transportation services, as well as marketing materials to assist you in promoting Boston to your attendees and exhibitors through our Meeting Planner Toolkit.
Planners can take advantage of our friendly staff of Guest Services Associates that can be strategically stationed at key areas throughout the BCEC and the Hynes to assist attendees with questions about our facilities, as well as the City of Boston.
We also have unique branding and sponsorship opportunities at both convention centers, including state-of-the-art digital displays, designed to enhance your event, promote your brand, and highlight sponsors and exhibitors.
7. Legendary and historical attractions
From America’s history found along the Freedom Trail to world-famous museums, musical institutions, local and international cuisine, and spectator sports like the Red Sox and Patriots, Boston is a city unlike any other.
And with easy access to the beaches of Cape Cod, the coast of Maine, the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire and Vermont, the gaming resorts of Connecticut, and the world-famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, our destination really has it all!
8. A uniquely rich base of professionals
Boston has a uniquely rich base of professionals in the most high-end vertical industries such as high-tech, healthcare, education, and finance, with more top-ranked educational institutions and medical facilities to attract attendees and support your educational program with speakers and industry experts.
In 2019, the BCEC, Hynes, and The Lawn On D welcomed over 300 events, of which the most represented groups were high-tech/telecommunications (50), medical/health care/pharmaceuticals (48), real estate/finance/legal (47), education (38), and professional associations (29).
9. One-stop shopping and one point of contact
We’ll provide you with a dedicated Event Services Manager who will be by your side every step of the way. As your single point of contact, your Event Services Manager is your dedicated liaison to all of our services teams and will orchestrate and execute every aspect of your event from the ground up.
From our first meeting, we’ll begin a partnership that ensures the flawless execution of your event for overall event success, and together we will imagine, design, and transform your ideas into a remarkable experience.
10. Exhibitor-friendly participation rules
Exhibitors can use their full-time company employees to unpack, assemble, dismantle, and pack their booth properties. They can also use their own decorator on the show floor.
Additional services such as professional labor and equipment can be purchased through the general service contractor prior to an event or onsite. Our labor is trained in the art of building and deconstructing trade shows quickly, efficiently, and safely, as well as in customer service, decorating, systems, I & D and freight foremanship, first aid, CPR, and OSHA 10.
Visit SignatureBoston.com to learn more about the benefits of hosting an event in Boston and to access essential information about Boston and our convention centers, as well as useful planning tools like our Space Finder, Meeting Planner Toolkit, Photo Gallery, and Blog.
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