With its convenient location, a variety of venues and perfect year-round weather, Irvine, California, is an ideal place to host your next meeting, conference or event. You will appreciate the city’s diverse selection of hotels, meeting spaces and event venues, and your attendees will love the entertainment options, outdoor activities and friendly service staff.

Ready to host an event that furthers your organization’s goals while entertaining your attendees? Here are five reasons to plan your next meeting, incentive trip, conference or event in Irvine.

The Weather

Thanks to its southern location and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Irvine has some of the country’s best weather; it rarely gets colder than 40 degrees or hotter than 80 degrees here. You can also say adios to your umbrella since Irvine averages more than 280 days of sunshine each year. Whether you’re hosting a summer celebration or a winter work retreat, you won’t have to worry about the weather impacting your plans.

The Selection of Lodging and Meeting Spaces

With more than 4,700 sleeping rooms ranging from extended stay hotels to AAA three-diamond properties, Irvine has a room to fit every budget. No matter where you and your attendees stay, you’ll know you’re getting the best value in Southern California. The hotel tax here is the lowest in Orange County; it’s 10 percent compared to 17 percent in some nearby cities.

When it’s time to get down to business, the hotels offer you more than 190,000 square feet of meeting space. The city also has a variety of venues that are perfect for trade shows, conferences and larger gatherings. Unique meeting spaces like  Marconi Automotive Museum, Orange County Great Park, Pretend City Children’s Museum and Strawberry Farms Golf Club, combined offer more than 1 million square feet of event space.

The Location

It doesn’t matter if your attendees are traveling from the other side of the country or from the other side of the world, Irvine is easy to reach thanks to its convenient access to some of the country’s top airports, highways and transportation systems. The closest airport is John Wayne Airport, Orange County, which offers nonstop flights to many of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Seattle and more. The airport is located just minutes away from the majority of Irvine’s hotels and attractions, making it quick and easy to get from baggage claim to your first event.

Irvine’s prime Southern California location also makes it easy to access from Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport; both airports are less than 45 miles away. The city is also conveniently located near several major highways. Interstate 405 connects Irvine to all the other major cities in Southern California, and Interstate 5 is a straight drive from the city to as far as the Canadian border. Once here, getting around Irvine is simple. Several local freeways, as well as the city’s master-planned Orange County transportation street system, make navigating your way around easy.

The Customer Service

In recent years, Irvine has been ranked as one of the happiest cities in America, one of the country’s best small cities and one of the top places to live. Your attendees will appreciate the warm welcomes from the hospitality staff and the concierge service at the hotels and other meeting venues. Destination Irvine is your one-stop shop for all your planning needs. The CVB offers complimentary services to groups holding conferences, trade shows, meetings and public events in Irvine with 10 or more hotel room nights. The staff can help you with everything from RFP distributions to site visits to contract negotiations and more. The CVB is also happy to make recommendations for area restaurants, shopping and attractions.

The Diverse Culinary and Entertainment Scenes

Treat your attendees to unforgettable banquets, excursions and networking parties at any of Irvine’s restaurants, event spaces or outdoor attractions.

Irvine’s restaurant scene is one of the most culturally diverse in the country, giving you a world of flavors to choose from. Your attendees can dine on everything from contemporary Armenian dishes to tasty curries to steaming bowls of shabu-shabu. The chefs create these succulent meals by working their magic with local  ingredients like fresh Pacific seafood, avocados and organic vegetables, creating a cuisine that’s distinctly Californian.

The restaurateurs also know it’s more than just delicious food that makes for a successful group dinner. Here, you’ll find cocktail bars that are innovative and breakfast spots that are cozy and corporate-friendly, with projectors, AV equipment and high-speed wireless internet.

For memorable off-site meetings and teambuilding contests, Irvine offers a diverse selection of events and activities. Bring your group together over an immersive lesson in chocolate making, or treat them to golfing or horseback riding among the city’s spectacular scenery. Irvine also has an active museum, theater and performing arts scene that offers countless cultural experiences. Need a reprieve from the city? Irvine has a plethora of preserves and parks that have plenty of walking, biking and running trails for you and your attendees to explore.

And remember, Irvine’s city center is located 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean, putting you within a short drive of all the action on the coast.

For more information contact: Demea Metcalf, Director of Sales, Destination Irvine; demea@destinationirvine.com or (949) 502-4127.