A Meeting Location that Feels Like a Vacation

Experience the perks of meeting in a coastal destination with the conveniences and amenities of a big city. From our choice location and superb facilities, to all there is to do when your meetings adjourn, Wilmington, NC allows you to defy convention when planning your next meeting or event. And thanks to good weather year-round, it’s an ideal location for outdoor events.

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Everything You Value for Extraordinary Meetings

A Distinctive Destination

  • Voted one of the South's Best Cities by readers of Southern Living magazine
  • Voted as America’s Best Riverfront by USA TODAY
  • Combines the city’s historic charm with modern design and new attractions
  • 230-plus block National Register Historic District is one of the largest in the country
  • Downtown walkable access to entertainment, shops and cafes
  • Close proximity to three nationally recognized beaches: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach

Exceptional Facilities

  • Largest convention center on the NC coast and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified
  • An expanding Convention District offering nearly 900 rooms and suites within walking distance to state-of-the-art wireless exhibit halls and elegant ballrooms
  • Meeting capabilities for up to 2,000 people
  • 30 meeting facilities and over 40 unique off-site meeting venues, from riverfront to oceanfront
  • Over 8,000 guestrooms and suites

Plenty to See and Do

  • Wilmington’s River District features more than 200 restaurants, shops and attractions, most of which are within walking district
  • Visitors and groups can choose from an assortment of water- and land-based activities, as well as a variety of tours including history, craft beer and theme walking tours, trolley, horse-drawn carriage and Segway tours, kayak/canoe excursions, biking and nature trails, narrated cruises, behind the scenes film tours and culinary adventures
  • The area hosts a busy lineup of festivals and special events throughout the year that may already be taking place during planned meeting and conventions
  • Multiple championship golf courses located nearby
  • Check out our roundup of top things to see and do before and after the meeting and make it a vacation
  • Meet with a Purpose as planners hosting events in Wilmington and our beaches have the option to incorporate several unique off-site Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects into their agendas
  • Meeting and event attendees looking to extend their trip before or after their event can volunteer with various organizations while in town

Wellness Activities Prompt Productivity and Creative Thinking

  • Natural surroundings, with a walkable downtown and nearby beaches, create a meeting location well-suited to an active experience alongside your meeting or event
  • From nearby hiking trails to surf lessons to sprawling Southern gardens, there are plenty of possibilities to incorporate group wellness experiences into your agenda
  • With a convention center located on America’s #1 Riverfront, access to water and fresh air is perfect for networking activities offered during breaks
  • Wilmington and our island beaches are in the midst of a dining Renaissance thanks to outstanding new and established restaurants and notable chefs, many who use locally sourced produce, seafood, meats and cheeses

Maximum Registration Potential

  • Many groups max out their registration at meetings and events held here
  • Unlimited pre- and post-vacation opportunities
  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is consistently ranked among the best Southeastern universities, offering an abundance of academic resources and speakers for meeting and event planners


  • Hotels typically offer off-season rates November through March
  • Sunday arrivals and mid-week arrival and departure patterns are most affordable
  • Downtown location and Convention District make it less costly and more convenient for attendees to enjoy the city and off-site activities

Remarkable and Accessible Location

As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, Wilmington is located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern NC, just minutes away from three island beaches. It’s convenient to get here whether traveling by car, plane or even boat, and easy to navigate once you arrive. Thanks to convenient access via numerous interstates, Wilmington is a quick car ride away for in-state attendees or those from neighboring states.

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.; a $60 million airport expansion underway 2020 – 2022 will see five additional gates, a restaurant, concessions and more added to the terminal.

Come and meet in Wilmington and our island beaches where getting down to business can be an absolute pleasure.