KCI Convention District
Convenience is everything when it comes to the KCI Convention District. Event attendees can make quick entrances and exits with Kansas City International Airport nearby—and a collection of marquee lodging properties seamlessly combine overnight stays with down-to-work meetings.
Plus, with the new single-terminal at KCI arriving in early 2023, traveling to and from the City of Fountains is about to become even better.
Whether staying, meeting or both, two major hotels offer prime real estate near KCI: the Kansas City Airport Marriott and Hilton Kansas City Airport, touting 384 and 347 rooms respectively—ideal for small- to midsize groups.
Short drives from the airport take attendees to two popular Northland casinos: Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa (250 rooms) and Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City (184 rooms), which offer a little extra flair to groups in search of one-stop-shops to stay and play.
Find the right size venue for your group at one of the many premier hotels in the area. The Marriott features 18 meeting rooms with nearly 14,000 square feet of combined, flexible space, including a 5,000-square-foot ballroom, lakeside patio and charming pavilion.
Just three miles from the airport, the largest of the Hilton’s 21 different event spaces tops in at 6,570 square feet (with more than 21,000 square feet total). Meanwhile, the Embassy Suites’ largest space—a stunning ballroom—offers a whopping 10,952 square feet of space (of 18,000 square feet total).
There's also the KCI Expo Center, home to 70,000 square feet of exhibit space that's divisible into two 35,000-square-foot exhibition halls, all conveniently located around the corner from the airport. Plus, with decorative services, full-service catering and other essential amenities, this facility is without a doubt an underrated gem in the region.
DINING + NIGHTLIFE
Take the entire group to the sprawling outdoor complex Zona Rosa, where shopping, dining and entertainment come easily to those in search of good times.
Well-known for its barbecue heritage, one of Kansas City’s best-kept 'cue secrets is Scott’s Kitchen. This no-frills joint is only four minutes from airport check-in gates and it’s smoking up everything from burnt ends—a local delicacy—to burritos filled with pulled pork, brisket, chorizo and more, plus breakfast for early risers (and early flights).
For play, look no further than the Northland’s exceptional assortment of casinos. At the Argosy, everything is on the agenda, including fine dining and thrills on the state-of-the-art casino floor. Others include Ameristar, Isle of Capri Casino and Harrah’s Casino and Hotel.