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It's more than a meeting: it's an escape. 

In Erie, Pennsylvania, blending business with fun is our specialty! Whether you host your group aboard a historic tall ship, sip and learn about wine making, or soak in our world-famous sunsets from the beach, Erie offers your conference attendees a getaway that they'll enjoy before, during and after your meeting. 

With 121,000 square feet in event space, 30 meeting rooms, one Great Lake and free event services, planning a conference or meeting in Erie really adds up.
Here are the top five reasons to book your next conference in Erie, PA:

Your Meeting will Feel Like a Getaway

Treat your meeting attendees to a destination that will feel more like a retreat. Erie’s location on picturesque Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay, coupled with our easy access, renovated venues, and professional staff will make your next meeting a breeze.

After Hours Fun

Erie is a popular destination for visitors, and for good reason! Erie’s location on the shores of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, coupled with the wide variety of attractions in Erie County, offers conferences a genuinely local experience. Enjoy a boat tour of Presque Isle Bay, a wine tasting in one of the country's largest wine regions, an afternoon of tax-free shopping or all of the above.

Accommodations

With more than 4,000 sleeping rooms to accommodate your group, Erie’s lodging scene is varied and far-reaching. From locally owned bed and breakfasts to nationally-recognized hotel chains, Erie can comfortably host intimate groups of 25 up to larger groups of 500. View options on our Stay page.

Drivable Destination

Located at the intersection of Interstates 79 and 90, Erie, PA is conveniently located between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, and is within 500 miles of more than half of the US population! Your conference attendees can easily arrive by car. Learn more on our Getting Here page.  

VisitErie Service and Support

Our goal is to make your Erie, PA meeting, convention or conference hassle-free, well attended and, most of all, enjoyable! VisitErie staff can provide promotional materials, welcome bags, signage, programming ideas, and so much more.

That's just the beginning... there are 95 more reasons in the Erie 100. Read them here

Join VisitErie for a Complimentary FAM Tour of Erie, PA!

April 29 - May 1, 2024

Enjoy two nights at the newly-renovated Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, and see how Erie can transform your next conference into a lake escape. All planners in attendance will be entered to a win a $500 VISA Gift Card. An open RFP is required with registration. Planners may bring a guest. Travel reimbursement is available.*

To RSVP, email Hannah Stancliff with the planner's full name, guest's full name, the organization you're representing, and your RFP by April 10, 2024. 

*Guests must share a hotel room with the attending planner. Guests are not eligible for separate travel reimbursement. Open RFPs must meet the following requirements: 1) Be submitted by the meeting/conference planner; 2) Be open for bids; 3) Be within VisitErie and partners' capacity to bid on; 4) Include room history; 5) Offer a minimum of 50 room nights and; 6) Be received by April 29, 2024. 

Hannah Stancliff 2022

Let us do the work for you!

HANNAH STANCLIFF
Director of Convention Sales and Services
(814) 454-1000
hstancliff@visiterie.com

Submit your RFP here!

Partner Spotlight

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.