This is the destination you've been waiting for, because it's so many destinations in one. You'll sense it as soon as you arrive. The fun, lively vibe coursing through tree-lined streets packed with funky cafes and pubs. Endless hot spots and historical treasures, exciting hockey games and incredible area-wide celebrations …more
Foodies, rejoice! You're in one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South" according to Southern Living magazine, and you'll quickly see why our culinary scene is gaining other national recognition. Farmers markets provide fresh meat and produce to restaurants that are focused on farm-to-table cooking …more
Best known for its world-class museums, best of Broadway shows and live concerts, capital area historic sites, professional and amateur sporting events and shopping mecca status with 11 major retail areas, Greater Raleigh truly offers a variety of entertainment all in one park-like, scenic setting. …more
Greater Raleigh is an affordable escape, whether you are getting away for a weekend or even escaping during your downtime while here on business. The area's hospitality partners have put together some added incentives, though, to keep you coming back again to visit. …more
Lively, smart and unexpected, Greater Raleigh’s historic landmarks and burgeoning cosmopolitan offerings—arts, festivals, sports, hospitality and shopping—in a one-of-a kind capital setting make it a “can’t miss” cultural and entertainment center of the Southeast for leisure, business and events. …more
"I just finished a meeting in Raleigh. They get it! They do everything right! ...In Raleigh, convention attendees are more than just convention attendees. They're made to feel an important part of the city while they're there. The people and businesses in Raleigh should be proud of the integrated effort put forth by the CVB to make this happen.... All CVBs are in the business of helping to bring business to their city. But Raleigh has raised the bar." -JIM MORGAN, President, Let's Meet, Inc.
"Your service and commitment to provide quality to patrons of Raleigh is second to none! Thank you for the hospitality." -SHLONDRA AMACKER, Meeting Planner, Mid-Atlantic Alpha Kappa Alpha
"My wife and I are members of the American Cheese Society (ACS) and have attended conferences in many major cities across the U.S.A. in the past decade. When we recently attended the ACS conference in Raleigh, N.C., we both agreed that the food served at the lunches and the breakfast service was the best we have encountered. The salads were not only eye-pleasing but delicious. The hot foods were equally well prepared and presented. Kudos to you, your chefs, cooks and servers…. A very fine job indeed." -RONALD CARDOOS, President, Green Harbor Associates
"We exhibited and made two presentations at the convention center. The convention center facilities were fantastic, and the food at the noon buffets was outstanding. This was the best conference for meeting potential customers that we ever experienced since the company was formed six years ago. I want to thank you for your assistance.... You have a good thing going in Raleigh, and I wish you much success." -NICK MILASNOVICH, National Sales Manager, PassAssured
"On behalf of the Executive Council, staff and members of ASALH, thank you for everything you did to attract ASALH to your city and then to help open the city of Raleigh to us for our 95th Annual Convention. We have received nothing but high marks about not only the convention, but our being back in Raleigh.... Again, thank you for helping us pull off a smashing success in Raleigh." -SYLVIA Y. CYRUS, Executive Director, and MARVIN PITTMAN, Local Arrangement Chair, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.
"The North American Association for Environmental Education chose Raleigh for its 2011 conference location because of the response put forth by EENC.... Add to that the [Greater] Raleigh CVB handing in their RFP also in quick time and meeting our budget and being so easy to work with during the negotiations, Raleigh was the shining star and we are very much looking forward to being there for our 40th Annual Convention." -BRIDGET CHISHOLM, Conference Manager, NAAEE
"I had no idea of all the wonderful services that visit Raleigh offered until [GRCVB staff] not only educated but helped me leverage and maximize these services to make my event an outstanding and memorable one.... Raleigh's growth in diversity as well as other areas have made it tremendously attractive as a destination spot.... You haven't really known the pleasure of a having a great event until you have done it with Greater Raleigh." -KELLY SPAULDING, Planner, Spaulding Family Reunion 2010
"Our Conference attendees loved your city, the Convention Center, and the Marriott. They were also impressed with the number of Raleigh dignitaries ... who took time to welcome us on Wednesday. The people appreciated the friendliness and hospitality of all employees at the Convention Center and those in catering. Overall, we had a wonderful conference." -SR. KATERI MITCHELL, SSA, Executive Director, Tekakwitha Conference
"I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for all your support last week and the past year.... You came through with everything you promised and helped make our event a successful one.... Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you in the future." -PAUL J. GORNIE, Executive & Professions Event Support, IBM CHQ, Human Resources
"Thanks so much for your help as we planned and implemented our recent conference in Raleigh. The Bureau's support was most welcome. I really enjoyed working with you.... The conference was productive and enjoyable. I really liked working in the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday. The facility is so bright and airy and was a nice change...." -BETTE WORLEY, President, National Student Exchange
"I wish I was a talented enough writer to express what a great job [GRCVB] and your team did with the [NHL] All-Star Weekend. Fantastic in every sense of the word. Thanks for all you guys did. Wow!" -JEFF MERRITT, Director of Business Development
"I just want to say thank you for all you guys did to make our meeting such a success. We have had great comments. It helps so much with [GRCVB] providing the information desks... I think the team in Raleigh is just outstanding. I will certainly recommend Raleigh and the convention center to anyone I come across planning a meeting..."-MEG MURPHY, Director of Facilities & Meetings, Sigma Xi
"I wanted to let everyone know just how much I appreciate all you did to make [2011's] Big Rock East Show a great success. It takes a strong team of professionals to put on a show like this. The hours are long and there are always things that we can't anticipate, but you rise to the occasion again and again. Your positive approach, knowledge and willingness to help others ensures that our customers receive a level service that is unsurpassed in this industry. That's in addition to the great comfort it brings me knowing that I have such a wonderful group of people to count on." -TERESA HOLCOMBE, Director of Corporate Events, Big Rock Sports
"In speaking with many attendees and a lot of regulars of WordCamps the overall feeling was that this was a very successful and enjoyable event. Newcomers to WordCamps said they would attend more, and regulars said it was one of the best they had been to. In fact many people tweeted that WordCamp Raleigh was better than WordCamp San Francisco which is the signature event of the year.... Everyone loved Raleigh and the location downtown could not have worked better for us." -STEVE MORTIBOY, Organizer, WordCamp Raleigh
"On behalf of the SNCC 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, we want to thank you for the warm welcome that the Conference received during our stay at Shaw University in Raleigh.... Your cooperation... and overall general assistance made our event a tremendous success. Many of our delegates commented on the notable hospitality that they received from the citizens of Raleigh. They loved the space at Fletcher Hall as a venue...." -CHUCK McDEW, Chairman, Planning Committee, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
"Downtown Raleigh was a hit with attendees, the R-LINE (downtown circulator) was used extensively, and the rickshaws and Segways also got compliments. We heard lots of positive comments about our clean city, the restaurants, and the Marbles Kids Museum where we held the conference party. I also want to compliment the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) and their sales and support staff....they worked with us from start to finish and made our job as hosts easy." -HARVEY SCHMITT, Host Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association
Which brewery will take home the gold in the Brewery Olympics at Raleigh Brewing Company, this Saturday?
Performances in keg stacking, grain bag carrying, speed bottle capping and more will determine the champion.
Enter our Brewgaloo Local Beer Fest Giveaways for a chance to win:
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(Photo by Will Hardison)
Statement from Denny Edwards, president and CEO, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the two families who lost loved ones yesterday at Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh.