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Meet Lexington, Kentucky

Trade Associations

Why Lexington, Kentucky?

Why hold your trade association meeting here in the Bluegrass?

We’re well-acquainted with what it takes to pull off a successful meeting, from connecting you with local experts and organizations in your field to lining up an itinerary full of unforgettable Kentucky activities, delicious local food and drinks, and plenty of opportunities to connect, learn and network. 

Lexpert Spotlight

Lexington is home to some pretty smart folks. Get in touch to see how one of our local association experts can help make your meeting a big hit.

Todd Johnson

Vice President, Building Industry Association of Lexington

Area of Focus - Association Management, Industry and Government Relations, New Business Development

David Melanson

Assistant Director of External Affairs and Development, UK Center for Applied Energy

Public Relations, Communications, Government Relations, Philanthropy, Event Planning

Matt Chaliff

Executive Secretary, Kentucky FFA Association

Trade, Non-Profit Event Management

What Makes Us Unique

Trade Association Meetings in Lexington

We’re Well Connected

Our staff is happy to connect you with local thought leaders, potential conference speakers, and other industry experts to help make your meetings even better.

Convenient Location

Located at the intersection of I-64 and I-75, we’re easy to get to. Lexington is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S., and Blue Grass Airport offers 17 direct flights.

Event Assistance

Whether you’re looking to add a uniquely Kentucky experience to your event, get a behind-the-scenes tour, or find a perfect location for your meeting, we’re here to help.

Friendly Folks

Lexington is ranked #9 of the Friendliest Cities in the U.S., as well as the #3 Safest City in America. So come visit and experience Lexington’s signature brand of Southern hospitality for yourself.

Affordable, Flexible Hotels

Lexington provides reasonable sleeping room rates and economical meeting packages. You'll discover that price points in Lexington are $20-$30 lower than other comparable cities.

A Gigabit City

Lexington’s Gig Project brought a $70 million fiber-optic network to the city, making us the largest gigabit city in the country and expanding high-speed internet access across town.

“#9 among the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”

- Conde Nast Traveler 2020

“#6 Top Manufacturing State (Kentucky)”

- Business Facilities

“#7 State for Foreign Trade Zone Activity – Imports (Kentucky)”

- Business Facilities

“#4 State for Automotive Manufacturing Strength (Kentucky)”

- Business Facilities

“#9 Most Diverse Metro Economy in the U.S.”

- The Lane Report

Meet Your Personal Sales and Service Representative

Sandy Johnson Director of Destination Sales

State Associations, Trade Associations, Education

Featured Unique Venues

From unique to unexpected, choose a venue that makes your meeting truly one-of-a-kind.

Central Bank Center and Rupp Arena

425 W. High Street, Lexington, KY, 40507
(859) 233-4567

This newly renovated downtown complex features 100,000 square feet of contemporary exhibit space, 16...

Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 233-4303

Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other park in...

Keeneland Racecourse

4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY, 40510
(859) 254-3412

With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is...

Featured Attractions

Lexington is a special place. Give your attendees a uniquely Lexington experience they’ll rave about for years to come.

Four Roses Distillery

1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, KY, 40342
(502) 839-3436

Located on the scenic Salt River in Lawrenceburg, Four Roses Distillery is headquartered in a unique...

Visit Horse Country

321 Merino Street, Lexington, KY, 40508
(859) 963-1004

Visit Horse Country provides a central booking outlet for member horse farms and medical equine...

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

1001 Cherry Blossom Way, Georgetown, KY, 40324
(502) 570-6572

The plant began production in 1988 and is Toyota's largest production plant in North America. During...

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY, 40324
(502) 863-1775

A retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds, Old Friends provides a sanctuary for...

Destination Industries and Experts By Market Segment

We have something to offer groups and meetings of all types from religious to medical, equine, and more.