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Raleigh Convention Center named as a Top Convention Center in North America

The Raleigh Convention Center (RCC) has been named as one of EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Centers of Excellence, which recognizes the top convention centers in North America based on scores that rate the facility, location, service, and industry participation, reviews from meeting planners who have recently hosted events in the center, and an assessment of the venue’s event spaces and features. With this award, the RCC joins a prestigious list that includes the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the Vancouver Convention Center.

“Simply by virtue of being included in this list, these facilities have proven their ability to host trade shows and events of all shapes and sizes while providing world-class service and state-of-the-art accommodations,” said Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR magazine.

Each year, the Raleigh Convention Center hosts an average of 38 events with a trade show component. In the 2019 fiscal year, trade shows brought 203,803 attendees to the RCC. With nearly two million attending such events since the venue’s opening in 2008, these events comprise roughly 42% of the center’s overall attendance.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by EXHIBITOR Magazine as one of the best convention centers on the continent, especially given that the award committee weighed feedback from meeting planners. It’s a wonderful thing to be acknowledged and celebrated by your peers and clients. Our staff is elated,” noted Kerry Painter, General Manager/Director of the Raleigh Convention Center.

This was the inaugural year for the Centers of Excellence Award, which will now serve as a mark of distinction for convention centers that are exceptional in their accommodation of exhibitors and trade shows.

About the Raleigh Convention Center

The LEED Silver-certified Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce, and technologies that make Raleigh one of the most admired and sought-after regions in the United States. Our modern 500,000 square-foot facility includes a stunning granite lobby with dramatic windows and downtown views, an elegant 32,000-square-foot ballroom, and a massive 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall, all with outstanding tech amenities and award-winning culinary delights. The center has welcomed over 4.5 million visitors since its opening in September 2008.