The southernmost Northern city and the northernmost Southern city, Louisville is a unique blend of old and new, charm and sophistication, urban and antique. With outstanding meeting facilities located at the heart of three major interstates and close to Louisville International Airport, the city is an accessible and affordable convention destination. Offering more than 12,000 reasonably priced hotel rooms and one-of-a-kind attractions and restaurants, Louisville is an ideal meeting destination. In fact, the city hosts four of the top 200 trade shows in the country. The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center features one million square feet of ground-level exhibit space under one roof. Premium downtown meeting space at the Commonwealth Convention Center is set to expand to 285,000 square feet by 1999. Current plans call for 150,000 square feet of continuous, column-free exhibit space, an additional 50,000 square feet of ground level exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom, and 55,000 square feet of meeting space. Combine that with its more than 2,500 restaurants and a host of attractions, and you'll see why Louisville is your kind of place, any way you say it!
FAST FACTS Louisville and Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau 400 South First Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 584-2121, (800) 626-5646
Fax: (502) 584-6697
President and CEO: Ronald L. Scott
Director of Sales: Mark Barnes
Location and Transportation:Louisville International Airport is seven miles from downtown Louisville. It is served by 17 carriers, including Delta, American, Continental, Northwest, Southwest, TWA, US Airways, and United.
Hotel and Meeting Venues:There are 69 hotels in the area, with a total of 12,500 guest rooms. Tax on hotel rooms is 12 percent. The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center has one million square feet of exhibit space, and the Common-wealth Convention Center in downtown Louisville is set to expand to 285,000 square feet by 1999.
Recreation:Louisville is a city for out-of-doors fun. Spectators can enjoy thoroughbred horse racing at Churchill Downs, betting on horse races around the country at Sports Spectrum, or AAA baseball with the Louisville Redbirds. Golf at a number of public courses in the Louisville area, or visit the all-new Louisville Slugger Bat Factory & Museum.
Climate:Louisville enjoys four distinct seasons, with average seasonal temperatures in winter of 37 degrees; spring, 57 degrees; summer, 75 degrees; and fall, 53 degrees.
Seasons:Spring, summer, and fall are peak seasons.