ConventionSouth

OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 25 KY TN MS GA FL SC NC VA MD WV AL Norfolk, Virginia This coastal city has a new Waterside District, a dining and entertainment area located on the Elizabeth River. (See details on page 38.) The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside has completed a $15 million renovation to guest rooms and interior spaces. (See details on page 42.) Winston-Salem, North Carolina Check out the NEW Winston- Salem, following $1.5 billion in downtown reinvestment and a $30 million renovation of the Benton Convention Center. (See details on page 33.) Greensboro, North Carolina The city now offers the first aerial adventure park. (See details on page 41.) Greenville, South Carolina Several new hotels have been added to the city's inventory as VisitGreenvilleSC increases its focus on groups and meetings. (See details on page 34.) Rutherford County, Tennessee In 2018, the CVB will offer social media services to planners, assisted by new Director of Communications and Marketing Shana Miller. (See details on page 28.) Lakeland, Florida The RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center) is undergoing a $14.7 million renovation focusing on upgrades to Jenkins Arena and enhancements to the event space. (See details on page 43.) Clearwater Beach, Florida The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, upgrading guestrooms and adding amenities. (See details on page 44.) Orlando, Florida The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has completed a multi-million dollar expansion, including the new Palms Conference Center. (See details on page 39.) Durham, North Carolina The JB Duke Hotel opened in January, adding 198 contemporary guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of event space. (See details on page 31.) Wilmington, North Carolina Recent additions to the city's new Convention District include two new hotels, several restaurants, a marina and a pier. (See details on page 27.) Auburn, Alabama Extensive renovations are underway at the Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center. (See details on page 32.) Atlanta, Georgia The $1.5 billion state-of-the-art Mercedes- Benz Stadium opened in August, providing an unparalleled special events venue as well as a new home field for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. (See details on page 36.) Florence, South Carolina The largest convention, meeting and exhibition center in northeast South Carolina has just been renovated. (See details on page 29.)

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