Minneapolis Meeting Planner's Guide - 2015-2016 Edition

Why Minneapolis?

2015-10-12 01:53:02

MINNEAPOLIS IS OFTEN A MEETING PLANNER’S BEST-KEPT SECRET. WHY? YOU’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT. MYTH BUSTERS: +MINNEAPOLIS IS A FROZEN TUNDRA ALL YEAR LONG. We enjoy four distinct seasons, but share more weather commonalities with Chicago and Boston than Winnipeg or Fairbanks. In fact, we’re geographically closer to Missouri than Canada, and have more sunshine days per year than Chicago or Indianapolis. And when winter does happen, we’re the best-equipped city in the nation to handle it. Plus, it’s nice weather year-round in our eight miles of climate-controlled skyways. +THE AREA IS NOT EASY TO ACCESS. Minneapolis Saint Paul is located in the middle of the country, with almost no continental U.S. destination more than a three-hour, non-stop flight away. Traveling in and out is a breeze at MSP International Airport, and once you’re here, between extensive bus routes, a comprehensive highway system and the METRO (a light rail commuter line connecting both downtowns, the airport and surrounding areas), getting around is quite simple. +NO ONE VISITS IN THE WINTER. Many of our seasonal events draw travelers in, such as the City of Lakes Loppet and U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, as well as ample opportunities for cold weather recreation. And it’s not just small groups, but big ones, too. In 2018, we will host the Super Bowl—in the winter—and if more than 75,000 people can visit then, you can too. +ALL WE HAVE IS MALL OF AMERICA. On the contrary, while Mall of America is one of our greatest attractions, more than 30 million people don’t travel here each year just because of it. We take part in award-winning theater performances, get cultured at some 60 museums and dine at James Beard Award-winning restaurants. +MINNEAPOLIS IS THE SAME AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN. If you’ve been here before, chances are things have changed... We have new stadiums, breweries and restaurants popping up like crazy, improved transportation options and attractions with new experiences. It’s why The Huffington Post put us on its list of America’s Top Five Cities to Keep on Your Radar, stating that “Minneapolis is the new…everything.” IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR the most bang for your buck, this is the place to be. While our hotels may not be categorized as “cheap,” that’s because they’re of quality, and the prices reflect that. Instead of just getting a low rate, here you’ll get a good rate at a beautiful hotel with impressive services and amenities. And it’s no secret that attendee experiences will be better if they enjoy where they’re staying. Plus, with so many properties, there are options for all budgets and needs, from the sophisticated W Minneapolis-The Foshay and modern, art-focused Le Méridien Chambers to names you know and trust, like Hilton, Hyatt, Radisson and Marriott. And keep in mind that hotel rates are just one aspect of total attendee costs. When you look at other expenses, like entertainment, food and transportation, Minneapolis offers a better value than similar cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver and New Orleans. Plus, we have tax-free shopping on all apparel and shoes. These reasons are why Travel + Leisure named us one of America’s Favorite Cities and WalletHub called us one of the Best States for Budgeters. There’s a reason we have the moniker City by Nature. Minneapolis is home to thousands of acres of parks, miles and miles of trails, plus natural attractions like the Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Falls and the mighty Mississippi River. And this is all set alongside award-winning restaurants, Broadway theater, high-end shopping and world-class museums. No other city blends culture with nature like Minneapolis does. Museums With nearly 60 museums, there’s always something new to explore. The Walker Center, said by Newsweek to be “possibly America’s best contemporary art museum,” boasts an impressive collection, while the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum exemplifies how our museums are as beautiful on the outside as they are inside. The American Swedish Institute celebrates our Scandinavian heritage and Mill City Museum teaches us about the city’s flour milling past. Our largest art educator, though, is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. Dining Between a steady influx of new restaurants and longtime staples, Minneapolis’ dining scene is thriving—and people are recognizing it nationwide. James Beard Award winners and nominees head some of our best restaurants, including 2014 Best Chef Midwest’s Tim McKee of Libertine, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa Premium Rotisserie, and Isaac Becker of Bar La Grassa, 112 Eatery and Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar. The Nordic cuisine at The Bachelor Farmer has been nationally praised, as has the meat and bourbon at Butcher and the Boar, the ever-changing, chef-driven menu at Borough, the steaks at Manny’s and Murray’s, and the French cuisine at Vincent A Restaurant. With ethnic eats along Eat Street, locally grown and sustainable food at the fingertips of many of our chefs, and local pubs and neighborhood joints selling really good food at affordable prices, this isn’t a city where you’ll go hungry. PERFORMING ARTS Did you know the Twin Cities boasts more theater seats per capita than anywhere outside New York City? It’s true. Along downtown Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue you’ll find the New Century, Orpheum, Pantages and State theaters, which see Broadway shows, quirky comedies, big name concerts and well-known comedians. Also on the avenue are Brave New Workshop, which has been performing original sketch comedy and improvisation longer than any other theater in the country, and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, our state’s flagship center for dance. Minneapolis is also home to two Tony Award-winning theaters, the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theatre Company, and the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra. With 30 theater venues and 100 performance companies, that’s just the beginning. OUTDOORS People here are active—and outdoors—all year long. In the warmer months, our lakes and parks are filled with runners, bikers, swimmers and kayakers, while when the weather cools, we bust out our skates, skis, snowshoes and snowboards. It’s engrained into our culture, whether we’re filling a day with recreation or choosing to walk or bike from place to place. And you don’t have to leave the cities to do any of this—it’s all right here. SHOPPING As home to the nation’s first enclosed mall (Southdale Center), the nation’s trendiest discount retailer (Target) and the largest shopping complex in the country (Mall of America), we know how to shop. No visit here would be complete without a trip to the state’s largest attraction, Mall of America, which Minneapolis is conveniently connected to by METRO. In the city itself, find unique boutiques in Uptown, specialty stores and high-end designs in the North Loop neighborhood, or downtown, a two-story Target, multilevel Macy’s and plethora of other name brand and independent shops. Stop in any and enjoy no sales tax on apparel and shoes. NO, WE DON’T HAVE one massive hotel that encompasses all of the city’s rooms. Rather, we have 7,000 rooms spread across properties in the downtown area, varying in brands, offerings and price points, nearly 5,000 of which are within walking distance to the Minneapolis Convention Center. As of recent, many of these properties have undergone major renovations and expansions, including the Hilton Minneapolis ($14 million), Millennium Hotel ($22 million), Hyatt Regency ($50 million), Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown ($17 million), Hyatt Place ($20 million), Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown ($28 million) and Loews Minneapolis Hotel ($7 million). Settle into Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, a former train station that now houses two hotels, a water park and indoor ice rink in the winter; The Hotel Ivy, which holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places; The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, a more than 100-year-old property; or The Commons Hotel, a Fodor Hotel Award-winner located near the University of Minnesota. And with 3,500 of these rooms connected by 80 blocks of skyways, the convenience is unbeatable. MEETING IN YOUR MARKET IT HELPS TO HOLD your meeting in a place where the market is steeped into the culture. Lucky for planners, Minneapolis is home to so much more than just one thing. Health and Medical We’ve long been proud of our contributions to the health and medical industries, and those advancements show no signs of stopping. Did you know the first successful open-heart surgery was performed here, as well as the first pancreas, kidney and bone marrow transplants? How about that we invented the cardiac pacemaker, in-ear hearing aid and anesthesia monitors? From research facilities to companies creating life-changing products, our impact on the industry has made a difference worldwide. Science and Engineering Minneapolis is a decorated science hub. We are, after all, home to the University of Minnesota, a college that has produced nine Nobel Prize winners, including Norman Ernest Borlaug, “the man who saved a billion lives.” And our innovations are widespread and diverse. Not only do we have eminent companies putting forth inventions like the Smithsonian Instituteentered artificial intelligence system AdjudiPro, Medtronic defibrillator, and the first insulin pump to integrate continuous monitoring, but we are also home to one of the largest number of LEED-certified buildings in America, including Target Field, the second LEED-certified professional sports stadium in the United States. By meeting in a place that is home to strong businesses in the field, you not only fit right in, but you also have the opportunity to tour facilities, book influential leaders to speak and secure resource support. 3M: Offering products and solutions for medical, oral care, health information management, drug delivery and food safety, 3M is responsible for inventions ranging from sterile surgical drapes and the Littman stethoscope to Scotch tape and Post-it notes. CARGILL: This agricultural icon produces and markets food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services to the world, employing more than 140,000 people in 67 countries. ECOLAB: The company provides sanitation and pest control supplies, food service equipment parts and repair and food safety services as well as consulting to a number of businesses, including restaurants, hospitals, food and beverage plants, laundries, schools, retail and commercial properties. MEDTRONIC: As the world’s leading maker of medical devices and a global leader in medical technology, Medtronic has been responsible for technologies used to treat nearly 40 medical conditions and products or therapies that enhance the lives of 9 million people every year. ST. JUDE MEDICAL: A global medical device manufacturer, St. Jude develops cost-effective medical technologies to treat some of the world’s most expensive, epidemic diseases, including products such as cardiac resynchronization therapy devices and diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiology catheters. UNITEDHEALTH GROUP: This leading health care company touches nearly every aspect of the field, serving more than 85 million people worldwide with core capabilities in clinical care resources, information and technology. In the insurance and managed care sector, UnitedHealth was named the World’s Most Admired Company for four consecutive years by Fortune. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: The college not only ranks among the top research facilities in the nation, but also is a top 20 school for all forms of science and engineering. Nine Nobel Prize winners have come from the School of Science and Engineering, while faculty and alumni have been responsible for breakthroughs like the retractable seat belt and black box flight recorder.

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