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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. 

Send VisitErie your qualified RFP* and we'll send you a $100 VISA Gift Card!

Submit your RFP here, or include VisitErie if submitting via CVENT. RFPs must be received by April 7, 2023. If the $100 doesn't convince you, here are 100 reasons to send us your event RFP. 

*To receive a $100 VISA Gift Card, the RFP must: 

  • Be submitted by the meeting/reunion planner
  • Be open for bids
  • Be within reasonable capacity for bidding by VisitErie and facilities
  • Include room history
  • Offer a minimum of 50 room nights
Here are the top five reasons to book your next convention or meeting in Erie.

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.


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.

Start now and submit your RFP

Hannah Stancliff 2022

Let us do the work for you!

Director of Convention Sales and Services
(814) 454-1000 ext. 155

Partner Spotlight

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at or

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! 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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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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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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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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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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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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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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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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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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