The Baltimore Convention Center opened in 1979 as part of Mayor William Schaefer’s initiative to help Baltimore’s flagging economy, which at that point was struggling due to losses in the manufacturing industry. It quickly proved to be a huge success. Now, many organizations host conferences at the center.
The most famous convention hosted here is probably Otakon, which focuses on the popular culture of Eastern Asia (anime, manga, light novels, movies, etc.). Its name is a portmanteau of the English word convention and the Japanese word otaku.
But that’s just one of the many conventions. A few other organizations who hold conventions here are the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Tastefully Simple, Baltimore Summer Antiques, American Association for Justice, Youngevity, and Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
With all this activity, the Convention Center is bound to produce a lot of waste. Baltimore is very conscious of this fact, so they put a system in place to try and be more environmentally friendly.
This system, SOMAT, is a waste reduction system that eliminates up to 90 percent of the waste produced in the Center, turning that refuse into usable soil product.
The Baltimore Convention Center is the first convention center to put such a system into place.
How to Get There and Where to Stay
Taking a car is probably the easiest way to get to Baltimore Convention Center, but it wouldn’t be recommended, because parking can be both difficult and expensive. Instead, taking a taxi is your best bet.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s close to the Convention Center, it’s hard to beat the city-owned Hilton Baltimore. This hotel is more than just close to the Center: an enclosed skywalk bridge connects the two, meaning you don’t even have to go outside if you want to walk from one to the other.
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shuttle service was a very nice amenity. They went out of their way to get us to the convention center and back in a very timely manner. The rooms were clean, and the beds super comfortable. Our only complaint was the nighttime noise outside. But in fairness...we were smack dab in the middle of a big city! Noise couldn't be helped. Still got some rest. We would highly recommend this hotel. This kind of friendly and eager service is very hard to find! [Less]