Strong industry clusters like life sciences, technology, advanced manufacturing, energy, digital arts and media, along with 15 colleges and universities have earned Irvine a world-renowned reputation as a business and academia mecca those same qualities, make it a preferred destination for meetings.
One of the many reasons Irvine is such a great place to hold a meeting is its accessibility. Whether traveling by air, train, bus or car, your attendees can easily reach the city without the congestion one might experience in other major metropolitan centers.
We are fortunate to have the passenger-friendly, John Wayne Airport (JWA) within minutes of the majority of Irvine's hotels. Offering 20 non-stop flights to and from the United States, Canada and Mexico and served by eight commercial passenger airlines, JWA is the gateway to our city.
In addition, there's the Irvine Station with Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner offering great service, style and amenities as it travels the Southern California coast between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. And the regional commuter train system, Metrolink trains run from the Inland Empire, North San Diego and Los Angeles.
Once here, your clients will get around with ease because of the city's master-planned transportation street system.
WHERE TO MEET
Irvine offers a choice of 16 major hotels with nearly 3,800 rooms and 130,500 square feet of premium meeting space for groups of 10 to 1,200 people.
From AAA three-diamond to economy properties, Irvine's hotels provide guests with quality customer service and amenities, such as, the latest technology, renovated rooms and meeting spaces, restaurants, business centers and complimentary airport shuttle service.
"We have had clients contract with several hotels in Irvine and the one amenity that surprises them the most is the complimentary airport transportation! The central location with ease to/from John Wayne Airport is perfect for business meetings!" ~ Michelle Murphy Turgeon, Avery Murphy LLC
MEET AND PLAY AT UNIQUE OFF-SITE VENUES
With more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, Irvine's restaurants, retail centers, recreational offerings and event venues make ideal locations for off-site receptions, dinners and activities.
From the Bren Events Center, the elegantly-designed, modern arena on the University of California, Irvine's campus to Pretend City Children's Museum, where attendees can channel their inner child, attendees will have a unique and memorable experience.
Take your attendees outdoors, as there are a number of recreational options including hiking and biking, exploring the UCI Arboretum, team-building activities like UCI's Team Up ropes course, touring Tanaka Farms and ChocXo Bean to Bar Chocolatier, and golfing at one of Irvine's picturesque courses.
With nearly 40% of our population being Asian, Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores. Along with Irvine exclusive restaurants like Prego, Eats Kitchen & Bar, Bistango, Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge, and Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Irvine can please any palate.
"Irvine is centrally located to so many other destinations - both tourist and corporate, so while travelers could attend their meetings, it was also easy to get away while they were here and see some local culture and flair. So many restaurants have popped up within the immediate area, so you have your choice of any type of cuisine, from elegant to casual, all within minutes away." ~ Sonja Fee, TravelStore
HOW DESTINATION IRVINE CAN HELP
Planning a successful meeting or conference takes a coordinated effort. Let Destination Irvine be your planner's planner - providing these valuable complimentary services that will be sure to make your next event a success!
Destination Irvine is a one-stop shop resource offering complimentary services for planning and service support to all groups holding conventions, trade shows, meetings and public events in Irvine.
• RFP distribution
• Event planning assistance
• Site negotiations
• Site visits
• Contract negotiations
• Familiarization tours
• Off-site venue recommendations and more
• Referrals to area restaurants, shopping and attractions
For more information contact: Demea Metcalf, Director of Sales, Destination Irvine, 949.502.4127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE REASONS TO MEET IN IRVINE
Destination Irvine offers meeting planners incentives to bring or keep their meetings in Irvine. Qualified meetings will receive five percent back of total sales to the hotel's master folio up to $2,500 per meeting!
The top three Irvine companies with the most meetings booked and the top 3 companies with the most room nights booked will be eligible for incentives valued at $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. See page X for more details or visit destinationirvine.com/loyalty.
Meetings in Irvine Generate Economic Impact for the Local Economy
When conferences and meetings are held in Irvine, the eight percent transient occupancy tax (paid by hotel guests) generates revenue that contributes to maintaining a balanced city budget and Irvine's high community standards, like being recognized as "America's Safest Big City," by the FBI since 2005. In 2014, more than one million visitors generated $522 million in economic impact for the local economy.