Excitement Builds for Reimagined Duke Energy Convention Center – Now Booking for 2026

Cincinnati Convention Center
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CINCINNATI, OH (For Immediate Release) – The Duke Energy Convention
Center (DECC) is undergoing an innovative transformation starting on
July 1, 2024. The new center will have state-of-the-art facilities and
enhanced experiences and it signals the beginning stages of the
reinvention of downtown Cincinnati’s convention district.

The DECC work is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2025,
and Visit Cincy is booking business for 2026 and beyond.

“The reimagined Duke Energy Convention Center will be a game-changer,
providing a modern, dynamic space that meets the evolving needs of event
planners and attendees,” said Julie Calvert, President and CEO of Visit
Cincy. “We are excited about the opportunities this transformation will
bring and look forward to unveiling a venue that truly reflects the
vibrant spirit of Cincinnati. We encourage event planners to secure
their dates now and be among the first to experience our newly renovated
space in 2026.”

The center will feature an energy-efficient exhibit and meeting space,
renovated ballrooms, a sunlit pre-function area, outdoor event space,
and a sprawling rooftop terrace.

While the DECC undergoes its transformation, alternative venues are
ready to host events of all sizes. The recently expanded and renovated
Sharonville Convention Center is an option for large-scale events.
Additionally, Cincinnati offers numerous unique venues, from historic
landmarks to contemporary spaces.

“Convention business will remain strong despite the center being
offline,” Calvert continued. “Hotels, Sharonville Convention Center, and
many other unique venues are in an all-in mode to be sure that the needs
of all groups are met and exceeded to keep business following. Moreover,
we are thrilled to offer the opportunity to book events in our
state-of-the-art DECC for 2026 and beyond.”

Complementing these efforts is the “Meetings Made Cincy” campaign,
designed to highlight the benefits of hosting events in Cincinnati. This
initiative showcases the region’s facilities and unique experiences that
make Cincinnati a top choice for meetings and conventions.

Click here to download renderings of the new Duke Energy Convention
Center. [1]

About Visit Cincy
Visit Cincy connects the Cincinnati region’s people and experiences with
visitors and meeting attendees from around the world through sales,
marketing, communications, and community-building strategies. The
destination marketing organization is supported by nearly 500 businesses
that join together in making Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and the Cincy
region a world-class destination by offering their services,
attractions and facilities for visitors, meeting planners, and
convention attendees. For more information, go to VisitCincy.com.

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