On the banks of Arkansas River, the former military settlement of Fort Smith has grown into a thriving city that is a meetinghouse for the past, present and future with its well-preserved historic sites, contemporary arts and entertainment venues, and thriving community that is building for the future.
Fort Smith’s conference facilities are situated in the heart of its restored historic downtown area. This includes the Fort Smith Convention Center and the Fort Smith Event Center, as well as several adjacent and surrounding hotels. Groups from 5 to 5,000 people enjoy holding their general sessions, breakouts and banquets in the contiguous 62,000 square feet of convention space, and comfortably accommodated in over 2,400 area hotel guest rooms and suites.
The Fort Smith Convention Center’s conference facilities include 62,000 square feet for banquets and meetings, which feature a versatile 40,000 square foot column-free exhibit hall and 22,000 square feet of additional flexible space.
The nearby Fort Smith Event Center provides 10,000 square feet of conference and event space.
Fort Smith Convention Center
55 South 7th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
For more information on these and other Fort Smith meeting venues, including dimensions and specifications about the spaces, visit www.fortsmith.org
The Fort Smith Convention Center is anchored to the west by the adjoining nine-story atrium style Holiday Inn City Center, with 255 guest rooms and suites, and to the east by the adjacent Courtyard by Marriott, with 138 guest rooms and suites. Within a safe two block walk or drive is the Howard Johnson Inn, which is adjacent to the Fort Smith Event Center and includes 129 guest rooms and suites.
Fort Smith today is the product of many diverse cultures that have made their presence felt in our area over the past 150 years. Nowhere is such diversity more apparent than in the wide range of food and dining atmosphere offered in our city. From down-home Southern cooking, wood-fired pizzas, championship BBQ, thick steaks, New Orleans specialties, elegant bistros, and vintage American drive-ins and diners to ethnic cuisines including Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, German, Middle Eastern and Latin American, Ft. Smith has restaurants to tempt and delight every palate.
Learn more about Fort Smith restaurants at http://www.fortsmith.org/dine/
Located right on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, hold your event in Fort Smith and you will be in the heart of some of the most beautiful scenery these two states have to offer. In Fort Smith and within a 45 minute drive in any direction, you will find wineries, ride one of the few still operating electric trolleys in the nation, visit the only former brothel on the National Register of Historic Buildings, take a train ride through the Ozark Mountains, get an entertaining history lesson at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, splash in a great water park or walk in the boot steps of infamous western and Roaring 20’s outlaws. Shop ’til you drop or relax on the shores of the Arkansas River.
Fort Smith Regional Airport is served by Delta and American Airlines, with daily flights to/from Atlanta and DFW. Fort smith is also easily reached by driving from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA), about 1 hour 20 minutes by car, or driving from Little Rock, a 2 hour car trip.