Choose Fort Wayne
Why bring your meeting to Fort Wayne? Let us tell you. From our great central location to our affordable prices, Fort Wayne is a great fit for any group. Big or small, we can do it all!
There are so many more reasons why to choose Fort Wayne, but we've narrowed them down for you. Here are the great reasons why the Summit City is perfect for you and your group!
Heart of the Midwest
Located in the heart of the Midwest, Fort Wayne offers easy access to and from major Midwest cities like Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit, making it an attractive regional convention destination. In fact, we are located within 500 miles of half the U.S. population!
And getting to Fort Wayne could not be easier. Drive in on conveniently accessible I-69 and I-80, US highways 30 and 24 or state highways 27 and 3. Or fly into the Fort Wayne International Airport located just eight minutes from our downtown.
5 REASONS WHY FORT WAYNE'S LOCATION MATTERS
Located in the heartland of the United States, Fort Wayne is located within 500 miles of half of the U.S. population.
Major Highway Access
Fort Wayne is easily accessible by I-69, I-80 as well as US highways 30 and 24 or state highways 27 and 3. Each major highway conveniently leads visitors directly into downtown.
Large Cities Checkpoint
Fort Wayne's location offers a short trip to and from several Midwestern cities, plus many towns in-between. Larger cities like Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Columbus are just a few hours drive away.
Short Travel in Town
Once in Fort Wayne, visitors learn how quick it is to get from one location to the next. In fact, driving from one side of town to the other can take as little as 15 minutes.
Located eight minutes away from downtown, the Fort Wayne International Airport offers daily non-stop and affordable flights to and from several major cities. Get from airport to hotel room in under 30 minutes.
Fort Wayne is 15% more affordable in expenses across the board than you'll find in Indianapolis and other major cities. Our hotel, parking are all considerably less than you'll find elsewhere.
Fort Wayne meeting venues never "nickel and dime" clients. Our venues are upfront with event costs, leading to zero surprises for meeting planners.
5 REASONS WHY FORT WAYNE IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN OTHER CITIES
The Bottom Line Fort Wayne is 15% more affordable in expenses across the board than you'll find in Indianapolis and other major cities. Our hotel, parking and venue fees are all considerably less than you'll find elsewhere.
Customized Price Visit Fort Wayne works with hotels to negotiate the best suitable rates, creating the right package for your event. Why pay extra fees for unused hotel rooms or meeting space?
No Hidden Fees Fort Wayne meeting venues never "nickel and dime" clients. Our venues are upfront with event costs, leading to zero surprises for meeting planners.
Pay Less For Parking Most major cities charge a fortune in parking fees. Garage rates vary, but are much lower than other cities. Street parking has advanced meters that take coins and cards. And in Fort Wayne, most of the hotels don't charge for parking. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum has more than 5,000 surface level parking spots with a low cash fee. We make parking simple.
Do More For Less
With higher quality, lower costs, your meeting attendees will not pay a hefty price while visiting Fort Wayne. Our attractions, restaurants and tours won't break your wallet.
Helpful Sales Team
With over 30 years of experience, the Visit Fort Wayne Sales Staff is one of the best in the Midwest. One of our professional sales representatives is ready to speak with you right now about your meeting, starting from the beginning with the bidding process to venue and hotel selection. We can and will meet all of your meeting criteria, and allow you to save time and energy with our abundance of resources and support.
We work one-on-one with meeting planners, providing detailed information on size of venues and hotel rates to availability of meeting dates and city events. Learn More
REASONS WHY FORT WAYNE GUARANTEES OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE
Feel At Home
As Indiana's second largest city with more than 250,000 citizens, Fort Wayne is a growing and progressive city, but we haven't forgotten our roots. Hoosier Hospitality is evident every day in our community, where everyone from venue staffs to restaurant owners treats visitors as if they were our own.
The Grand Wayne Convention Center Hosts, known as the "Green Coats," were awarded the 2011 Hoosier Hospitality Award for their exceptional achievements in greeting visitors, assisting planners and attendees on-site, and helping answer Fort Wayne questions. Additionally, the Grand Wayne Convention Center staff averages 14.5 years of service, showing longevity and dedication to the industry.
Meeting planners should know everyone who is involved with their event from the venue owner to the dinner chef. Visit Fort Wayne will connect your decision makers with everyone involved with their event.
Visit Fort Wayne's Services Department works one-on-one with meeting planners, providing detailed information from restaurants, theaters and museums, to transportation, unique off-site venues and VIP treatment and more. We assist in making your event the best it can be.
Sales Team Help
Need help presenting a bid to your board? Visit Fort Wayne provides all the necessary tools and strategies to help you bring your meeting to Fort Wayne, including photos, videos, city information and much more.
Our team of experts have the knowledge and pedigree to step up to the plate and perform bid presentations on behalf of you and your group. Whether your board of directors or decision-makers needs a bid book, video, photos, or in-person presentation, Visit Fort Wayne has the tools and strategies to help bring your meeting to our city.
VIP Site Tours
Do your decision-makers need a site visit to become more familiar with a venue or hotel? Our sales department excels at showcasing all our facilities in a professional and well-timed manner. A sales representative can pick up a decision-maker from our airport and chauffeur them around our city, answering any question or concern along the way.
The Visit Fort Wayne Convention Services Department is the eyes and ears of your conference, convention, trade show, or small meeting. We will work with you and your group every step of the planning process and make sure your attendees enjoy a memorable experience in Fort Wayne! Learn more
FORT WAYNE MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A ROCK STAR
Our local media enjoys covering meetings in our city, promoting them with top notch coverage. Visit Fort Wayne offers assistance in all media obligations from distributing news releases to setting up on-site interviews.
Rolling Out The Red Carpet
Each of Fort Wayne's venue staffs works for you and your group only, focusing on every detail to ensure a successful meeting.
Visit Fort Wayne and our partners will pick you up and drive you around to visit our great city, including stops to your meeting venue, restaurants options and entertainment opportunities.
Need a last-minute change to you meeting? Don't worry, we have your back. The Visit Fort Wayne Services Department excels in last-minute tweaks to any aspect of your meeting.
5 REASONS WHY FORT WAYNE CAN HOST BIG EVENTS
Measured at more than 1 million square feet, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum can host thousands upon thousands of attendees at any particular time. The facility boasts a 13,000 seat arena, conference center, four expo centers, and 12 meeting rooms. Each area can be customized to meet your meeting's wants and needs.
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum ranked No. 4 in the world for ticket sales, among similar-sized venues, on the Venues Today "Top Stop" rankings. In addition, the building has been named a "Prime Site" by Facilities Magazine for the twelfth consecutive year.
Tons of Dining and Shopping
Outside the meeting, visitors to Fort Wayne can enjoy several dining and shopping options on the city's north side. The Memorial Coliseum is located in the heart of our dining and shopping corridor, less than a mile from Glenbrook Square, Indiana's second largest shopping mall. The Coliseum is also within minutes of dozens of great restaurants and entertainment options.
Located in the heart of the Midwest, Fort Wayne offers easy access to and from major Midwest cities, making it an attractive regional convention destination. In fact, we are located within 500 miles of half the U.S. population!
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum has a large parking lot. How large? 5,000 spots - enough to hold thousands of attendees.
With the support and experience of our Convention Services Department at Visit Fort Wayne, you will never feel alone planning or running your meeting. In fact, you have added an outstanding member to your event team. Whether you're seeking marketing materials, off-site events, or hotel and dining information, Visit Fort Wayne will be right by your side every step of the way to ensure the best meeting experience possible. We're not satisfied unless you are. Better yet, our services are FREE.
5 SERVICES MEETING PLANNERS RECEIVE FROM VISIT FORT WAYNE
Every meeting planner needs someone in their corner throughout the meeting planning process, helping determine every single detail that goes into setting up an event. From placing last-minute calls to organizing a dinner for 50, our Services Department knows who to contact to guarantee everything according to plan. For groups requiring a centralized source to manage housing, we offer 24-hour access to online reservations with immediate confirmation, real time room block reports on demand, and post-convention analysis - all at no cost to your group!
Working with the marketing department, Visit Fort Wayne works with event organizers on strategies to help build meeting attendance. Along with an event landing page on our website, Visit Fort Wayne distributes news releases to dozens of local and statewide media outlets. We create Social Media campaigns using our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Before arriving to Fort Wayne, educate your meeting attendees with pre-mailer items specially created for your group, including an e-newsletter, letter from the mayor and post cards. Visit Fort Wayne can also offer brochures, coupons and maps of city streets, restaurants, attractions and more.
Visit Fort Wayne is available to assist your group on-site, setting up a registration table or hospitality table with Visit Fort Wayne Guides that provide information about area attractions, dining, and shopping. Since Visit Fort Wayne's office is located across the street from the Grand Wayne Convention Center, a staff employee is always on call to provide support during a meeting.
Located directly across the street from the Grand Wayne Convention Center, the Visitors Center serves as a "front door" for our community, welcoming guests and offering visitor guides, maps, directions, event listings, and more. Our excellent space also features improved visitor services including digital signage, additional souvenirs and merchandise, seating areas, and more.