Welcome to Connecticut, one of ConferenceDirect’s newest Destination Partners.
We are thrilled to introduce you to a dynamic Southern New England convention destination for all types of companies and organizations. The CT Convention & Sports Bureau is a statewide DMO, offering full-service, experienced professionals with knowledge of Connecticut’s top assets as well-hidden gems that make events here unique and memorable.
When groups meet in Hartford, our Capital City – you really are big fish in a medium-sized pond, receiving personalized attention and appreciation for your business. Our Bureau and the region’s industry partners roll out the red carpet for you, and at more cost-effective pricing than in New York City or Boston.
Hartford: Defy Expectations
Top Five Reasons to Meet in Hartford
Location, Location, Location!
Hartford lies midway between New York City and Boston, offering easy access from car, bus, train, or air. Over 23.5 million people live within a 2 1/2-hour drive – a major selling point for conventions, trade shows, and sporting events. Bradley International Airport (BDL) is just 15 miles away, with direct flights to over 30 cities, and non-stop Aer Lingus flights to Dublin – a major European hub.
Connecticut Convention Center
For over a decade, this stunning facility has been shaped into the perfect space for thousands of events. Overlooking the majestic Connecticut River, the Center combines ample meeting space with visually stunning touches, unparalleled service, and an award-winning in-house catering team. With 540,000 square feet of space, the Connecticut Convention Center is the premier meeting destination in the Northeast.
Variety of Full-Service Hotels
Downtown Hartford offers a variety of full-service hotels with a total of 1,600 overnight rooms. The Hartford Marriott Downtown is connected to the Connecticut Convention Center, and the surrounding suburbs feature hundreds more rooms with something to fit every ConferenceDirect client, from brand-name hotels to innovative boutique properties to historic Bed & Breakfasts.
Nightlife and a Walkable Downtown
Hartford is a friendly, walkable city with restaurants, entertainment and world-class attractions that are easily accessible for attendees and guests via the free Hartford dash shuttle. Plus, the vibrant Front Street District and dynamic Connecticut Science Center are both steps from the front door of the Connecticut Convention Center, with more dining and entertainment options.
Rich History, Unique Experiences, and Easy Day Tripping
Hartford is known for its remarkable history and cultural arts, such as author Mark Twain’s homestead, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the 105-year-old Bushnell Park Carousel – all one of a kind! Connecticut’s compact size makes it easy for attendees to visit hundreds of attractions, including two of the world’s largest casinos, water cruises, award-winning theater, New England’s largest air museum, the sandy beaches of the Long Island Sound, and scenic outdoor adventures.