About Monterey County

Welcome to Monterey County, where feeling inspired isn’t just a talking point, but an indelible part of who we are. Here you’ll find natural beauty, world-class accommodations, and a rich legacy of hosting successful gatherings. Think brainstorming at the beach steps from downtown Monterey. A prototype conceptualized after wine tasting in Carmel Valley. An over-the-top idea sparked by seeing under the water at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is the kind of place that leads to big ideas.

This year brings new experiences and fabulous new offerings, from updated accommodations and meeting spaces to innovative culinary experiences, as well as momentous milestones. There is no better place to reconnect with your team in the new year than in Monterey County. Monterey County is all in, all invested, all insanely motivated to make your meeting the best yet.



  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 10.5%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 8.75%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 18%


Visitors can fly direct to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) via international and domestic connecting routes on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, JSX and United Airlines. Fly direct from airports including Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), San Francisco (SFO), Phoenix (PHX), San Diego (SAN) and Las Vegas (LAS), Denver (DEN) Dallas (DFW) Seattle (SEA) and Orange County (SNA). Charter and private flights are also available. To learn more click here.

  • How many miles from the airport to downtown?
    3.4 miles (MRY), 60 miles (SJC), 90 miles (SFO)
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    Yes, Groome Transportation is a great option for airport transportation and the Monterey Trolley is wonderful for getting around town.
  • How much does the public transportation cost? Groome Transportation is $56 from SJC, and $67 from SFO. (Book online for discounts). The Monterey Trolley is free and runs daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. 
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown? Visitors use transportation apps or local taxis from MRY. 
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? About $15 – $20
  • How many daily flights out of airport? 14 into MRY, 54 into SJC
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? No
  • What are the major carriers serving airport? United, American, Alaska, and Allegiant from MRY; AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, American, ANA, British Airways, Delta, Frontier, Hainan, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Southwest, United, Volaris from SJC


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  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 803
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 1,112
  • How many headquarter hotel properties6
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 560

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    61,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous?
    19,150 square feet in the largest space
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Conference center?
    85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
    4 large/16 small rooms
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 19,150 square feet
  • How many ballrooms does the conference center have? 2
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 19,150 square feet
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    Grand Opening January 31, 2018
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? N/A
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the conference center? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider?
    TriCord Tradeshow Services
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? Encore
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? TriCord
  • Is there an exclusive in-house caterer? Monterey Marriott Catering
  • Is the conference center a union property? No
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? N/A

Off Site Venues

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