About St Louis

Experience all there is to do and see in St. Louis, from live music, food, nightlife, and world-class attractions.  St. Louis is the home of a vibrant and internally recognized food scene with award-winning chefs and restaurants that regularly garner coverage in Food & Wine, Bon Appetite Eatery, Food Network, and many other industry publications.  We are the home of American brewing with not only the Anheuser-Busch brewery (the birthplace of Budweiser), but we have a robust beer scene with over 60 craft breweries serving up unique experience for beer lovers.  And of course, no trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the iconic Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, the home of the 11-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  From Forest Park to the Grand Center Arts District to the wackiness of our famed City Museum, there’s a new adventure or experience awaiting every meeting or event attendee.  With a $210 million reimaging called AC Next Gen, the America’s Center Convention Complex will provide meeting attendees with an experience like no other.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 18.92%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 13.179%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 20-24%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 12 miles
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? Yes
  • How much does the public transportation cost? $2.50 one way
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown? N/A
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? $25.00
  • How many daily flights out of airport? 264
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? Southwest
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Lufthansa, Southwest, United and more


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 5,000
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 3,500
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? 4
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 850
  • Can you list hotels by rating?? 5 star , 4 star, 3 star?
Hotel NameTotal InventoryDistance (in blocks)Star Rating
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel917Adj.4
Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center176Adj.3
Embassy Suites212Adj.4
Holiday Inn Convention Center293Adj.3
Magnolia Hotel18214
Four Seasons St. Louis20035
Hampton Inn Gateway Arch19033
Hotel Saint Louis14034.5
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at The Arch19544
Hotel Indigo8644
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch91054
The Hotel Majestic St. Louis9154
Le Méridien by Marriott9654.5
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark67164
Live! By Loews21674.5
Drury Plaza Hotel35374
The Westin St. Louis25594.5
Pear Tree Inn Union Station239143
Drury Inn Union Station177153
St. Louis Union Station Hotel567154


  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    502,000 SF
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 502,000 SF
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 140,000 SF
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 80
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    Dome (attached to Center) can accommodate 25,000+ attendees
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have?
    Soon to be 2
  • How big is the largest ballroom?
    61,000 SF (coming in 2023)
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? 2012
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? 2023
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? Negotiable
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Levy Restaurants
  • Is the convention center a union property? Yes
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list?
    While America’s Center holds no union contracts, the jurisdictions historically claimed by the unions, are recognized, and accepted. Service contractors, i.e., Decorating companies and Audio-Visual companies may sign contracts with the appropriate unions. Most often a Decorating company will contract with the Teamsters, Decorators, and Carpenters to perform exhibit work. An Audio-Visual company at times will contract with the Stagehands, Projectionists, and IBEW, though in most cases, the use of a labor broker will be suggested to hire/supervise the appropriate unions and will hold these contracts. Because the exact terms of these contracts may vary regarding wages and general work rules, it is suggested that customers refer specific questions to their own service contractors.
  • Here is a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    • Union Jurisdictions
      The following represents the type of work performed by each union in general terms. It is NOT meant to be all inclusive of the jurisdictions claimed by each union
    • Audio Visual Unions
      Stagehands-IATSE Local #6 – Erect/dismantle staging, set stage scenery, lighting, camera work for image magnification, Teleprompters, rigging, scaffolding
      IBEW Local #1 – Installation, teardown of audio systems and camera work for image magnification
      IBEW Local #4 – Set up and operation of cameras for live broadcast, radio, television, audio, visual equipment used in live broadcast
      Projectionists – IATSE Local #143 – Installation, and teardown of projection equipment, video monitors, multi-image systems, video signals, video screens
    • Exhibit Hall Unions
      Decorators Local #39/Carpenters District Council – Set/dismantle pipe/drape, skirting, hanging signs/banners, laying carpeting, install/dismantle display booths
      Teamsters Local #600 – Unloading/loading of freight from delivery vehicle, movement of materials to/from booths, movement of empty freight cartons
      IBEW Local #1 – Provide electrical service, networking, electronic voting systems


  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 5
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 10+
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 50+
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • National Blues Museum – 3-minute walk from the center
    • Gateway Arch – 10-minute walk from the center
    • Ballpark Village – 10-minute walk from the center
    • Busch Stadium – 10-minute walk from the center
    • City Museum – 15-minute walk from the center
    • St. Louis Union Station and Aquarium – 15-minute walk from the center
    • Budweiser Brewery Museum – 10-minute bus ride from the center
    • Forest Park (Zoo, Museums, etc) – 10-minute bus ride from the center