Travel + Leisure's #1 Affordable Getaway

Kansas City is easy on the bottom line thanks to reasonable rates for lodging, airfare, food and services. Since Kansas City International Airport isn’t a hub for any single airline, competition among carriers keeps airfares down.

When you compare hotel costs, food costs and other services, Kansas City stacks up well against the competition. Just ask the folks at Kiplinger’s, Money Magazine or Smart Travel—all have praised Kansas City for its overall affordability.


Kansas City’s position in the Heart of America comes in extra handy when considering transportation costs. In fact, Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast.

Because KCI isn’t a home base for one airline, carriers price their flights much more competitively. Driving is also a cinch, as KC is accessible to 55 million Americans in less than a day’s drive. A convenient destination with great airlift? That’s something your attendees (and their wallets) will appreciate.


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Hotel rates, food costs and admission prices in Kansas City are among the lowest averages in the nation. That means you can spend more time enjoying the City of Fountains and less time worrying about your event’s bottom dollar.

A huge perk for planners, the Kansas City Convention Center is one of the few venues of its size to boast an open catering policy. That’s a sizable advantage. This way, you can find a caterer to fit your budget and still have the capability to use the city’s premier meeting venue.


After they arrive, your attendees will have no problem finding quick, affordable transportation around town. The new, totally free KC Streetcar operates its 2.2-mile route from River Market to Union Station, offers Wi-Fi and runs early mornings and late nights. In addition to taxis, hotel shuttles and Uber, another frugal option is the city's rapid bus transit system, the Metro Area Express.

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Kansas City Convention Center

The Kansas City Convention Center’s venues offer a diverse mix of historic, versatile and sophisticated properties in the heart of Downtown KC, with each equipped to handle events of all sizes.

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