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As a historic capital city, Saint Paul blends all of the modern convention facilities and amenities with a sense of warmth and intimacy.
Home to a world-class Convention Center Complex, Saint Paul offers meeting planners a central Midwest location, a wealth of impressive hotels and outstanding visitor appeal. Meeting in Saint Paul means working with professionals who know what it takes to plan and execute a successful convention. Learn how our Convention Services Department can assist you with every detail of your upcoming event.
Preplanning Convention Program Assistance
Before your actual convention in Saint Paul, Visit Saint Paul will make a formal services presentation to your planning committee to share valuable industry insight and advice. We also offer a customized “Promote Saint Paul” program, which includes a script, promotional video and brochures, stickers and a traveling display to help you introduce the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area to prospective participants.
Official Insider's Guide
View our Official Insider's Guide online or request one by mail.
Link to Website
We encourage you to link to the Visit Saint Paul website to inform attendees of attractions and events taking place in Saint Paul during your convention—as well as the Explore Minnesota Tourism webpage for happenings in the greater metro area.
For your convenience, a directory of local print and electronic media is available to help promote your event. We also offer a complete press kit, reference material on Saint Paul’s history, culture and things to do, many of which are available on HD video.
There are two complementary ways to gain assistance from convention suppliers in Saint Paul. Visit Saint Paul can distribute a “Service Lead” about your needs to all qualified suppliers. The suppliers will then contact you directly with their information. If you’d prefer to contact the suppliers yourself, see our Preferred Vendors Directory, which lists area suppliers—from destination planning companies, decorators, and airline contacts to transportation and computer rental companies. With this method, you can contact as many or as few suppliers as you like. Our Convention Services department will also be happy to work with you on any special requirements.
Visitor Information/Restaurant Reservation Services
Visit Saint Paul can arrange for a staffed information booth where convention attendees can pick up complimentary attraction brochures, Visitor Guides, maps, event calendars and special offers at attractions and restaurants. If your group uses the Saint Paul RiverCentre and at least 700 hotel rooms on peak night, we also offer a free restaurant reservation service. Attendees can review menus from member restaurants, have our staff make reservations for them and receive confirmation notices verifying their dining plans.
This unique service offers the opportunity to prepare Saint Paul’s hospitality community for your arrival. Simply provide Visit Saint Paul with your schedule of convention events three weeks prior and we will share this information with key hospitality partners.
Visitor Deals through Chinook Book
Bring visitors right to your door. Visit Saint Paul has partnered with Chinook Book to provide a collection of Saint Paul Insider Deals FREE to visitors. Member businesses are invited to offer visitors mobile coupons at no additional cost, accessible for free via an activation code. Find out more.
Visit Saint Paul can recommend professional agencies trained to handle data entry, computer operations, cashiering and hospitality hosting. A three-week advance notice is recommended to guarantee staff availability for your convention.