Wilmington, NC's New Convention District
Adds Hotels and Restaurants with
More Developments in the Works

Located riverfront and within the city's walkable River District, the formation of Wilmington's new Convention District is further strengthened with the addition of two hotels, several restaurants, a marina and an event pier, and the announcement of a riverfront park that would include an outdoor performance space for events and concerts.

The River District combines the city’s historic roots and charm with modern design and new attractions. Wilmington’s walkable downtown, easy access to more than 200 restaurants, shops and attractions, plus three nearby beaches, all come together to create a meeting location that feels like a vacation.

Openings and developments in the Convention District

Wilmington Airport logo (ILM)

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is proud to welcome United Airlines to Wilmington. Starting in April 2018, United will begin service with two new non-stop routes from Wilmington (ILM) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Dulles/Washington DC area (IAD). These non-stop routes to and from two of United’s hub cities will benefit a broad segment of our traveling public, including business, convention attendees and higher education leaders.

American Airlines expands its service at ILM beginning in May 2018 with a daily non-stop flight to Reagan National (DCA) and summer non-stop flights (June7 - Sept. 4, 2018) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) along with limited non-stop Saturday flights to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) from April - August 2018.


Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront


The Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel is now open with 186 two-room guest suites, 162,866 square feet total, 6,600 square feet of meeting space, a 4,003 square-foot rooftop bar called No. 9 offering scenic views of the Cape Fear River, along with STEAM Restaurant on the Terrace featuring Farm-to-Fork comfort  food.




Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown



The Hampton Inn Downtown officially opened its doors in 2017. The property offers 92 guest rooms and suites, along with a 1,222 square-foot meeting room for up to 75 people.




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Additional new properties will include the Aloft Hotel – a 125-room property featuring a rooftop courtyard with a fire pit and bistro, as well as 7,000 square feet of meeting space – and another yet-to-be-named downtown hotel. These properties will join the nearly 8,000 hotel rooms and suites currently available in the Wilmington area.



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The Hilton Wilmington Riverside is undergoing an $8.5 million renovation scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018. The project includes complete guest room and guest bath renovations, the addition of a bridal suite, a refresh of the guest corridor, and complete renovations to all public areas of the property. All ballrooms and meeting spaces at the hotel will receive a complete rejuvenation. Also included are a transformation of the outdoor pool area and the addition of two new restaurant concepts.


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Several new riverfront restaurants are coming to the heart of the Convention District. Marina Grill and another restaurant adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center are scheduled to open in the spring.




Meeting planners can check out Wilmington and view the city and its island beaches through SkyNavTM 3D Tours online.