“Alexandria is the perfect destination for those small to midsize healthcare meetings looking for a new destination. The history of Alexandria alone is fascinating and lends itself to having a memorable meeting, but the location—smack dab in the middle of pharma alley on the East Coast and home to the highest number of healthcare associations in the surrounding area—now that is a conversation starter,” Jacqueline Beaulieu, HMCC, Executive Director of Healthcare Education & Events at BlueHive.
In Alexandria, small meetings are a big deal. Scroll down and learn why more and more healthcare and life science meetings are choosing Alexandria.
1. Convenient Location & Amazingly Accessible
Within eyesight of Washington D.C. and the nation’s policy makers, Alexandria’s convenient location and proximity to Reagan National Airport and Amtrak makes getting to Alexandria easy and economical. Hop on the Metro or a complimentary hotel shuttle and you are at your hotel in minutes.
2. Surprisingly Affordable
Enjoy big city amenities without big city prices. Adherence to strict compliance guidelines offered by some of the region’s top hotels and unique venues make planning simple and stress-free.
3. Diverse Meeting Facilities
Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor for outstanding hospitality, choose from boutique to convention hotels, unique venues and restaurants from historic to tech-savvy.
4. Compliance-Savvy Hoteliers
We’re certified in more than hospitality with city-wide HMCC certified hoteliers and restaurateurs ready to help with compliance regulations and make planning easy.
5. Exceptional Dining
With over 100 restaurants in the historic district, it’s an easy walk to nationally-acclaimed chef-driven restaurants, local favorites, friendly pubs, trendy cocktails and live music.
6. Local Medical Community and Policy Makers
National headquarters to over 350 healthcare associations in Alexandria and nearby D.C, and soon to be home of the National Science Foundation, Alexandria boasts the award-winning Inova Alexandria hospital and Anderson Orthopedic Clinic and is just a short drive to the FDA, NIH and Capitol Hill.
7. Healthcare Heritage and Authentic Experiences
Alexandria’s rich history of medicine and wellness is under national spotlight in the PBS mini series Mercy Street, inspired by real-life doctors and nurses of Civil War Alexandria. Set the scene for an authentic experience with a reception in one of the country’s oldest apothecaries or the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
8. Health and Wellness
Continually ranked as one of America’s most walkable cities in the U.S, Alexandria’s wellness heritage continues today offering an abundance of jogging paths, bike trails, parks, yoga studios and the latest in fitness trends.
9. Incredible Destination Appeal
Meet in a city that everyone loves to visit and explore. On the waterfront, minutes from Washington D.C., Alexandria’s alluring mix of historic authenticity and urban sophistication is a perfect backdrop for acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants; a thriving boutique scene; vibrant arts and culture; and a welcoming, walkable lifestyle..
10. Medical Meetings Made Extraordinary
In Alexandria, your small meeting is a big deal. Let our HMCC-certified destination experts provide a stress-free and personalized experience from start to finish.