by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2011
Richmond
Last September, the Virginia War Memorial completed an 18,000-square-foot expansion that includes a new 70-seat theater, a boardroom that can accommodate 20 delegates, and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the James River, with seating for 450.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts reopened last spring following a $150 million expansion. The upgrade includes a new wing featuring the four-story Cochrane Atrium, which can host up to 1,000 for receptions; the museum can accommodate 2,500 in a full buyout.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 410-room Richmond Marriott, 372-room Sheraton Richmond West, 361-room Omni Richmond, 298-room Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown, 262-room The Jefferson, 250-room Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, 250-room Westin Richmond, 242-room Marriott Richmond West, 224-room Embassy Suites Richmond, 135-room Aloft Richmond West, 134-room Hotel Sierra Richmond West and 102-room Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump.

Convention Center
Greater Richmond Convention Center; exhibit space, 180,000 square feet; meeting space, 80,000 square feet;  number of meeting rooms, 38; (804) 783-7300

Airport Transit
Richmond International Airport, 10 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Taxes
Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate featuring several botanical gardens, the 12,000-square-foot Maymont Mansion and a nature center. The Stone Barn, dating to 1908, can host up to 50 guests within its stone-wall interior. Several gardens also are available for special events. (804) 358-7166

Contact
Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 370-9004