Life Science Meetings

Steeped in a rich history of medicine, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare industry and the city’s overall destination appeal, Alexandria, Virginia offers a place where planners can find an ideal destination combined with a unique combination of a hospitality community well-versed in the specialized needs of medical meetings. Being one of the first small cities in the country to host MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) for planners and suppliers, with every full-service hotel brand in attendance, the Alexandria team of hospitality professionals welcomes small to mid-size medical meetings.


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Testimonial Jackie Beaulieu on what makes Alexandria ideal for life science meetings. Learn More ›


Home to the award-winning INOVA Alexandria hospital, and headquarters to more than 50 healthcare associations, the National Science Foundation, United Way Worldwide, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria is committed to healthcare. Just minutes from the nation’s policy makers in Washington D.C., the FDA, NIH and the I-270 corridor, intellectual resources are readily available. Ranking among "The 25 Healthiest Cities in America"- Niche (2016), Alexandria’s easy, walkable lifestyle, with jogging trails, bike paths, yoga studios and more and is just one more reason why Alexandria suits medical meetings.  

Top 10 Reasons to Choose 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.
Meet the Team
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.
Hotels & Meetings Facilities State-of-the art meeting facilities and unique venues offer a choice of distinctive settings for small to mid-size meetings. Learn More ›
Health & Wellness Activities Let us help you plan unique experiences that celebrate Alexandria’s medical heritage. Learn More ›
Need Planning Assistance? Let us help take the stress out of planning your life science meeting. Contact Robin ›
Award-Winning Dining & Nightlife To entertain your attendees, our vibrant dining and nightlife scene saw more than 20 new restaurants open alone last year, the revival of a historic… Learn More ›