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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions that meeting and convention planners commonly have about Durham.

Where can I find the latest information on COVID-19 in Durham?

We've compiled a list of resources for our partners and stakeholders. While our resource list is as robust as possible, meeting in person will depend on city restrictions and may vary venue to venue. Please contact our sales team here with any further questions about the pandemic's effect on meeting in Durham.

What is the largest meeting or event Durham can hold?

The community can host meetings of up to 2,200 people theatre-style and banquets of up to 1,425. Conventions and meetings for 1,000 can be accommodated when both meeting and banquet facilities are needed simultaneously. Durham is home to over 8,000 hotel rooms throughout the county. We also host multiple city-wide events like Full Frame Film Festival and Centerfest, which hold more than the number mentioned here if held across various venues. The ideal group size for Durham, including hotel stays, up to 500 attendees.

Are city-wide events feasible?

Durham is very compact, with Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Duke University just six and two miles from downtown, respectively. Major hotels and meeting facilities are conveniently clustered in two areas — around Downtown Durham/Duke University and around RTP/Southeast Durham.

How far is Durham from the airport?

RDU, or Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is only two miles from the Durham city limits and the closest Durham hotels, and just 13 miles from Downtown Durham by freeway. The airport is co-owned by the City of Durham and Durham County and their counterparts, Raleigh and Wake County. Several hotel properties in Durham offer shuttle service to and from the airport.

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