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Venue Report: Austin Convention Center

By M+E Staff

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The Austin Convention Center, a LEED Gold-certified facility and one of the country’s most technologically advanced convention centers, is located in the capital city’s downtown business district.

The four-level facility spans six city blocks and 374,278 square feet of exhibit and meeting space. There are five contiguous, column-free exhibit halls with 247,052 square feet, as well as two ballrooms ranging up to 43,400 square feet and 54 meeting rooms with more than 63,000 square feet.


Austin Convention Center attendees are just down the street from the city’s vibrant nightlife, where they can enjoy everything from fine dining in four-star restaurants to down-home barbeque and authentic Tex-Mex. As the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin echoes with the sound of country, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz and Tejano in more than 250 venues any night of the week.

During the day, visitors can enjoy the capital city’s many historical attractions, including the State Capitol, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas State History Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art and many more museums and art galleries. Or, one can experience the beauty of central Texas including downtown’s Lady Bird Lake, which is bordered by 10 miles of trails enjoyed by runners, walkers and cyclists.


Austin offers more than 36,000 hotel rooms, with 10,000 located downtown – including the 800-room Hilton Austin, which is adjacent to and connected to the convention center via the Hilton Overhead Walk at 4th.The 1,048-room Fairmont Austin – Fairmont’s largest North American property and Austin’s largest hotel – is also connected to the convention center via the Fairmont Canopy Walk. Additional nearby hotels include JW Marriott, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, Westin Austin, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Driskill Hotel, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Hyatt Place, and W Austin.


Although situated in the hub of the city, the Austin Convention Center is only eight miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with non-stop service to over 70 domestic and international destinations. With over 300 daily flights in and out, Austin is centrally located and very easy to get into and out of.


The convention center continues to set the technological standard for many of our competitors in the meetings industry. With its cutting-edge technology, customized network solutions and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the facility, the Austin Convention Center is ideal for many events with detailed and substantial technology needs. The high-tech, gigabit-rated convention center that moves voice, video and data at over one billion bits per second has become the perfect technology partner for events such as the annual SXSW international convention.

There’s more to the Austin Convention Center than the building’s flexible and practical floorplan and planner-friendly features. The staff is all in-house; that is, they do not outsource staff positions (with the exceptions of food and beverage and audio/visual staff). The competitive advantage in this regard is a vested, personal interest in a job well-done by each of the employees and a customer service experience that is unparalleled among competitors. The gracious and professional staff’s commitment to providing world-class service to its customers brings clients back year after year.

Sponsored by the Austin Convention Center

Plan your next event at the Austin Convention Center. Experience Austin from the heart of the city, with over 11,000 hotel rooms a short distance away. We provide full wireless internet connectivity with five contiguous, column-free exhibit halls​. Exhibit at the Austin Convention Center and be part of the deals, transactions, and ideas buzzing around our exhibit halls. Our in-house team will give you all the support and tools you need to be part of the action.​