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Meetings & Events in Durham

Resources for meeting planners.

We're so glad you're here. We’re ready to plan your meeting or event with care while incorporating the creativity and innovation that makes Durham’s energy so extraordinary. Take advantage of our unique venues, award-winning dining options and Southern hospitality to create an event perfectly tailored to your group’s needs and interests. Get started with these need-to-know details:

  • Getting here is easy. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has 62 nonstop destinations to several states nationwide and is only 20 minutes away from Downtown Durham.  
  • Durham is founded on innovation and expertise. We are home to Research Triangle Park (RTP), which houses hundreds of life science companies, technology firms, startups and nonprofits. We’re also the proud home of Duke University, a Tier-1 research university. 
  • Our lodging properties are primarily concentrated in three distinct regions of the city: Downtown, near Duke University, and in South Durham near RTP and RDU airport. These clusters each provide versatile group environments–from educational to cultural hubs–making it easy to choose the context that best suits the needs of your audience. Whether your meeting focuses on research, education, C-Suite retreats or networking, Durham has the perfect space for your group.
  • Our destination offers two conference centers, each around 30,000 sq. ft. The Sheraton-Imperial is home to one of the centers and doubles as our largest lodging property at 331 rooms. The Durham Convention Center is conveniently located in downtown Durham with multiple hotels within a few blocks. Looking for more? Scope out the Durham Convention and Arts Complex (DPlex).

Ready to see how Discover Durham can support your meeting needs in our destination? Submit your RFP today.

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Gather and Stay at Hotels with Event Spaces
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Gather and Stay at Hotels with Event Spaces

Durham's hotel properties have the spaces you need for board meetings, conferences, social events and more. Find the perfect venue to host tea time after a tee time or schedule breakout sessions and hands-on activations for hundreds of attendees.

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Immerse Your Event in Culture & Community
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Immerse Your Event in Culture & Community

Meet in Durham to experience our progressive, diverse community known for its creativity and innovation. We're activists, artists, entrepreneurs and scholars. We welcome the curious, the adventurous, the bold. Write your next chapter here.

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Form Lasting Bonds with Incomparable Activations
Pictured: Group Activities at Boxyard RTP

Form Lasting Bonds with Incomparable Activations

If you're sick of icebreakers, trust falls and untying the human knot, you're in luck. Durham has plenty of team-building activities, group activations, dining experiences and more to promote communication, collaboration, and — most importantly — good times for all.

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Unlock Your Event's X-Factor at the DPlex
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Unlock Your Event's X-Factor at the DPlex

The Durham Convention & Arts Complex (DPlex) is a hub of downtown Durham's indoor venues and flexible outdoor spaces. A combination of the Durham Convention Center, Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council and Durham Armory, connected by public art, museum and mural activations, the DPlex offers a variety of meeting options to engage attendees in groups of any size.

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