About Baltimore

Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.

Taxes

  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 15.5%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 6%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 20%

Airport

  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 10 miles
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    Shuttle Bus $13.00
    Cabs $25.00
    Light Rail $1.60
  • How many daily flights into the airport? 714
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? No
  • What are the major carriers serving airport? Southwest and Delta

Hotels

  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 5,500
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center?
    5,500 within walking distance
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? 1 – The Hilton Baltimore
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 650

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 300,000
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 300,000
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 1,000,000
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 50
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 36,000
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have? 1
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 36,000
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? Ongoing
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? Ongoing
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No – There are free wireless hotspots in public areas
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No – we have a preferred but not exclusive
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes – Centerplate
  • Is the convention center a union property?
    We are Non Union with the exception of the Theatrical Lighting and Rigging I.A.S.T.E
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    I.A.T.S.E (theatrical rigging)

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 5
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 10
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
  • Power Plant Live!
    601 E. Pratt Street, 6th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone: 410-727-LIVE(5483)
    Fax: 410-659-9491
    Website: www.powerplantlive.com
    Neighborhood: Inner Harbor/City Center
    Baltimore’s premier dining and entertainment district, located adjacent to the Inner Harbor. This exciting development features entertainment, restaurants and nightclubs – all spilling out into a common plaza with outdoor seating.
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
    901 W. Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 21223-2699
    Phone: 410-752-2490
    Fax: 410-752-2499
    Website: www.borail.org
    Neighborhood: Westside
    This fascinating, fun place for kids, families, and lovers of history features the most important railroad collection in America! Seasonal Train Rides and FREE parking.
  • Maryland Science Center
    601 Light Street
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    Phone: 410-685-5225
    Fax: 410-545-5973
    Website: www.marylandsciencecenter.org
    Neighborhood: Inner Harbor
    Located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, has three levels of hands-on exhibits waiting to be explored. Save time for an IMAX film, Planetarium show or catch some live science on the Demo Stage.
  • American Visionary Art Museum
    800 Key Highway
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    Phone: 410-244-1900
    Fax: 410-244-5858
    Website: www.AVAM.org
    Neighborhood: Inner Harbor
    This national museum and education center for outstanding original works of art created by intuitive, self-taught artists is located on a 1.1 acre wonderland campus featuring three historic renovated industrial buildings, sculpture gardens, a museum store and restaurant.
  • National Aquarium, Baltimore
    501 E. Pratt Street
    Pier 3
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone: 410-576-3800
    Fax: 410-576-8641
    Website: www.aqua.org
    Neighborhood: Inner Harbor
    Stunning exhibits and more than 11,000 aquatic animals, plus the widely lauded exhibit, Animal Planet Australia, make this Inner Harbor destination Baltimore’s most popular attraction. Express entry is available when you purchase tickets online at www.aqua.org

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