Plus great places for planners to meet nearby
For meeting planners on-the-go, airports are usually the starting point of the journey. Check out the top U.S.–based airports, compiled by Cabin Crew HQ, along with conveniently close by convention centers and hotels!
Travel Easy in Atlanta
Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) offers service to 150 domestic and 70 international destinations, including Europe, Asian, the Caribbean and Africa, as well as South and Central America. ATL generates $34.8 billion dollars in the local economy resulting in 63,000 jobs.
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart is in walking distance of the Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola. Attendees have direct access to the convention center from the airport via the rapid rail. It contains 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space and 100,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space, as well as 45 breakout rooms.
Atlanta Airport Marriott is right near the Hartfield-Jason Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Guests can use the hotel’s free airport shuttle that runs 24/7. Guests have access to the 24-hour gym, which includes access to Peloton bikes and an indoor/outdoor pool. It also offers up 30,178 sq. ft. of event space, 33 breakout rooms, 34 event rooms and 641 guest rooms.
Onboard for the Windy City
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) offers the highest number of runways compared to other international airports; it also sees about 15 million passengers annually. O’Hare operates 585 flights over the course of a day. It is the hub for both American Airlines and United Airlines and connects to 210 domestic and international destinations.
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport – Rosemont is located 5 minutes away from O’Hare International Airport. The hotel also offers a shuttle for travelers. The hotel contains 13,519 sq. ft. of event space, 12 meeting rooms and 369 guest rooms.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont offers complimentary Wi-Fi service for event planners. The Bist-Rose, the Lobby Bar and Starbucks are in the main lobby. DESCC has 840,000 sq. ft. of flexible exhibition space, which includes 92,000 sq. ft. for meetings, and 50 meeting rooms.
Dinosaurs in Dallas
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) sees more than 73 million travelers a year and connects to 193 domestic and 67 international non-stop destinations. With a total of 7 runways, DFW generates over $37 billion a year in North Texas. One interesting fact about DFW is that excavations unearthed the bones of a 70-million-year-old Plesiosaur!
Fort Worth Convention Center is 25 minutes from DFW International Airport. The convention center has 253,226 sq. ft. of total exhibit space 58,849 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and 38 breakout rooms. The convention center offers high speed internet, on-site photography, and video conferencing.
Omni Fort Worth Hotel is nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas and mere steps away from the Fort Worth Convention Center. Meeting planners have access to AV equipment, LCD projectors, overhead projectors, and TVs. Omni Fort Worth has 68,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, along with 29 meeting rooms and 616 guest rooms.
Flying into H-Town
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is one the busiest airports in the Texas area for international travel, seeing millions of passengers each year. IAH houses 27 airlines and 187 non-stop destinations. The airport also manages 41,020 sq. ft. of shrubbery and flowers.
Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental is conveniently connected to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport via underground tram. The hotel also provides a free shuttle and on-site parking. The hotel offers 31,408 sq. ft. of meeting and event space with 34 event rooms and 39 breakout rooms, as well as 573 guest rooms.
George R. Brown Convention Center is 20 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). It is also connected to the Hilton Americas-Houston which offers 1,200 guest rooms, as well as Marriott Marquis via a skybridge that has 1,000 guest rooms. The convention center has 1,012,278 sq. ft. of meeting space and 88 meeting rooms.
Gargoyles in Denver
Visitors entering and leaving Denver International Airport (DEN) get a chance to check out their art installations that rotate throughout the year, including gargoyles and a blue mustang. DEN saw over 69 million travelers in 2022. DEN serves 28 international destinations in 14 countries and contains 23 airlines.
Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center is about 7 miles away from Denver International Airport. The facility offers 517,987 sq. ft. of event space, 69 event rooms, 78 breakout rooms and 1,501 guest rooms. The location also offers AV equipment and event services equipment and supplies.
The Westin Denver International Airport is connected to DEN via the Jeppesen Terminal. For planners, The Westin has 33,619 sq. ft. of event space, 21 event rooms, 15 breakout rooms and 515 guest rooms. The Westin also offers AV equipment and event lighting and equipment, including an installed stage, spotlights, tables and stack chairs.
Fly to Meet in Charlotte
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) sees about 1,400 arrivals and departures, along with 118,000 people every day. It offers nonstop service to 180 destinations around the world. It is also the second biggest hub for American Airlines.
Charlotte Convention Center is about 7 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It sits across the street from Westin Hotel, which contains 700 guest rooms. The light-rail service also runs through, allowing easy commute for travelers and attendees. The facility contains 270,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 55 meeting rooms.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte is only 10 minutes away from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The hotel offers 12,528 sq. ft. of event space, 9 meeting rooms and 274 guest rooms. An airport shuttle is available to guests.