If you’re thinking about planning a meeting in Anchorage, you probably have a few questions. Whether you’re curious about available convention space, city amenities, or opportunities for outdoor fun and entertainment for attendees, Visit Anchorage is here to help. Browse the FAQ below, then download a free Meeting Planner Guide or contact the meetings team for more information.
Q: What kind of (and how much) convention space is available in Anchorage?
A: Anchorage has two convention centers and a myriad of other unique meeting spaces, from indoor stadiums to intimate conference rooms of varying sizes and configurations. The largest and newest convention center in Alaska, the state-of-the-art Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center offers nearly 200,000 square feet of event space. The neighboring William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center features more than 85,000 square feet of event space. Both are located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, surrounded by parks, restaurants, and hotels, just two blocks apart.
Q: How easy is it to get around?
A: While Anchorage is a geographically vast city, the layout makes it surprisingly easy for conference delegates to get around. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is just a 10-minute drive from the downtown, and downtown itself is a walkable neighborhood that offers dining, hotels, entertainment, outdoor activities, and convention center access all within a 10-minute stroll. And it’s easy to get here, too: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport offers direct flights between Anchorage and major cities around the country.
Q: Is Anchorage expensive?
A: Anchorage is extremely competitive when compared to similar premier destinations. In fact, a price comparison survey showed Anchorage had some of the lowest prices for many items associated with meetings, including breakfast service, a cheese tray for 50 attendees, coffee, trade show and audio/visual set up. Plus, Anchorage has no sales tax, so meeting planners can save even more.
Q: What’s the weather like?
A: Not too cold, and not too hot: Anchorage is located on Alaska’s southcentral coast, protected by the Chugach Mountains, and its temperate coastal climate keeps temperatures relatively mild throughout the year. Average winter temperatures usually hover just a few degrees below freezing, and summers temperatures rarely reach above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.