NIIC 2019 will be held at the Cobo Center located along the Detroit River waterfront in downtown Detroit, MI. Cobo Center is one of the largest convention centers in the United States and is managed by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA).

The Cobo Center is accessible by the Detroit People Mover elevated train; the Qline, launched in 2017; and the FAST bus, commuting to/from suburbs and the airport. Please visit the the Cobo Center’s “Getting Here” Guide to find more details.

Onsite parking is available at the Cobo Center Roof Deck, as well as two sites located underneath the Cobo Center: the Washington Street Garage and the Congress Street Garage. For more information about the various hours and rates, please visit the Cobo Center’s parking information or call Parking Operations at 1-313-259-3540.

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Cobo Center is located at:
1 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226


NIIC has a discounted block of hotel rooms at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI, a four-star hotel that overlooks downtown’s famous River Walk and is located not far from the Cobo Center where NIIC 2019 will take place.

NIIC’s discounted rooms are $179/night plus tax and must be booked directly through this link by October 1, 2019.

NIIC registration does NOT include your hotel room.

NIIC attendees are also strongly encouraged to make their hotel bookings as soon as possible. Due to the Detroit Marathon which takes place October 19-20 (see below for more information), downtown properties will book up quickly!

The hotel is accessible via Detroit’s People Mover transit system and within walking distance of the Cobo Center (~15 minutes) and numerous other downtown attractions. The hotel includes a modern fitness center, restaurant, bar and coffee shop. The Renaissance Center is also home to the headquarters of General Motors, numerous restaurants and shops.

Parking is available for a fee onsite ($25/day; $35/Valet daily), as well as offsite ($5/hour; $20/day).

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The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is located at:
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48243 USA

Please note that discounted NIIC rooms must be booked through this link and not by calling the hotel directly.

Airport Information

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is located ~21 miles southwest of the Cobo Center (NIIC venue) and Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (NIIC hotel).

Neither Cobo Center nor the Marriott provide direct shuttle service to/from the airport. For driving directions from the airport to the hotel, please consult the “Airport Information” on the hotel travel directory.

  • The local public transit system SMART offers a high-frequency service called FAST. From both DTW terminals, take the Eastbound Route 261 (Michigan Avenue) bus; in just over an hour, it will reach the Larned & Brush stop, a 4-minute walk from the NIIC hotel. Find more information on public transit schedules here.

  • Trinity Transportation is a local shuttle service business that offers rides to and from the Metro Airport, which you can book or find more information about at

  • Estimated taxi or car service fare (one-way) is $50-$65 and takes about 25-30 minutes without traffic.

For more information, please visit the airport website or call them at 734-247-7678.

Ground Transportation (Amtrak, Rail and Bus)

Detroit Marathon

The annual Detroit Free Press Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place in downtown Detroit the weekend of October 19-20, 2019. There will be increased traffic, street closures and related delays in the downtown and waterfront area, particularly on race day — Sunday October 20, which is also NIIC’s opening day — as a result. Please plan your travel and arrival to NIIC accordingly and allow for additional transit time.

NIIC attendees are also strongly encouraged to make their hotel bookings as soon as possible. Downtown properties will book up quickly!