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FEB 2014

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS D.C. REGION IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the D.C. area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with D . C R E G I O N TOP PICKS: Visit Fairfax (703) 752-9506 www.fxva.com "New Metrorail Silver line service puts ten great Fairfax County meeting hotels within easy reach of all of the National Capital area." Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner www.sptc.com Montgomery County CVB (877) 789-6904 www.visitmontgomery.com "Plan your next DC area meeting in Montgomery county, MD. You'll find conference centers, meeting hotels and plenty to see and do while in town." Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center www.marriott.com Ocean City, Maryland CVB (800) OC-OCEAN www.ocmdconventioncenter.com "Cool weather is prime time for hot deals in the Mid Atlantic's favorite sea side convention destination. SEA for yourself www.ococean.com" The Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City www.ocmdconventioncenter.com FOLLOW UP: Arlington Convention & Visitors Service www.stayarlington.com Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association www.visitalexandriava.com Washington, DC www.destinationdc.com D.C. Is "Daringly Cool" "It's a very exciting time in the city right now," said Sarah Maciejewski, director of communications at Destination DC.."There is some $8.5 billion in development currently underway. This is more than any other destination in America and D.C. is becoming more and more visitor-friendly with all of this new progress." The first phase of the D.C. Streetcar project should have H Street NE Streetcar passenger service available this year. CityCenterDC is a new 10-acre urban hub just east of the White House that will have hotels, restaurants and shops once complete. In the next three years, groups will see the opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Law Enforcement Museum, and Buzzard Point DC United Stadium. D.C. continues to sprout hotels. Maciejewski points to three that opened last year, two slated for this year, and one planned for 2016 that will redevelop an existing iconic structure. Scheduled to open May 1, the massive Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. will have 1,175 rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of event space, and retail and restaurant space. Also opening this spring is Cambria Suites Hotel at CityMarket at O, a still-developing upscale mixed-use district one block north of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. ■ Streetcars are becoming available in D.C. 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 2/3/14 11:27 AM Page 45

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