Smaller Can Definitely Be Better When Hosting a Convention in Memphis

AutoZone Park. Photo Credit: Allison Rhoades

Fans Enter AutoZone Park

World Famous Rendezvous Ribs - Craig Thompson

Serving up famous Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis, TN. Photo by Craig Thompson

Memphis Grizzlies playing at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies play before a sold out crowd at FedExForum. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Chef Felicia Suzanne Willet - Justin Fox Burks

Felicia Suzanne's restaurant is an intimate setting that blends a young, contemporary feel with classic Southern charm. Photo by Justin Fox Burks

MLK Room at National Civil Rights Museum

Dr Martin Luther King Jr's room at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Photo by Brand USA

Sheraton Exterior - Dusk: Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel near the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Photo by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

WDIA at Rock n Soul Museum - Justin Fox Burks

WDIA at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Cannon Center & Memphis Cook Convention Center at Night. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts with trolley at night in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Baxter Buck.

When it comes to hosting your convention, sometimes bigger isn’t always best. Memphis may not be the biggest player, but we understand how difficult it can be for a meeting planner to execute an amazing meeting with many competing options – especially in larger cities.

Conventions not only thrive in Memphis – they rock. Hotel rooms are generally less expensive. In fact, you can take advantage of the relationship the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has with many premiere accommodations making it easier for you to get large room blocks at reasonable rates for your attendees. Renting function space, meeting rooms and restaurants for group dinners or receptions are extremely cost-effective in our smaller city. Click to find hotels near the Memphis Cook Convetion Center in Memphis, TN

In the heart of all the action sits the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Easily within walking distance to world-famous Beale Street entertainment district, award-winning restaurants and world-class attractions, delegates can easily entertain themselves between sessions. For example, just a stone’s throw away is the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum – the first exhibition to be developed by the Smithsonian Institution win partnership with another museum – gives an in-depth look at the history of music in the Mid-South. Or, just a short trolley ride away, is the National Civil Rights Museum tracing the struggles and triumphs of human civil rights.

Delegates can get their game on in Memphis.  Head over to FedExForum and watch the Memphis Grizzlies grit and grind against world-class NBA opponents. Just three blocks away, the Memphis Redbirds, the AAA farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals, hold it down at AutoZone Park.

Whether by runway, rail or road, our central location makes access a breeze. Amtrak service, the Megabus or the American Queen Steamboat can deliver delegates directly downtown where the Memphis International Airport is a short 15-minute drive away.

Our best advice is to ask your delegates to come hungry. Make sure to sample some Memphis-style barbecue at a variety of joints, including Central BBQ, The Rendezvous and A&R BBQ. If your tastes are a little more upscale, look no further than Southern cuisine rock stars – Felicia Suzanne’s and McEwen’s on Monroe. The Majestic and Flight Wine Bar have all of the private dining space you would need to create an excellent off-site dining experience your conference attendees will remember for years to come.