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 53 G E O R G I A rium; 17,500 square feet of exhibit space; 6,000 square feet of meeting space • Albany Municipal Auditorium: 965- person capacity • Nelson Tift Building: 16,000 square feet of exhibition space • Hasan Temple: 15,000 square feet of exhibit space • Hilton Garden Inn Albany: 13,000 square feet of meeting space Athens The home of the University of Georgia (UGA), Athens has 1,400 guest rooms downtown and will soon have 1,975, thanks to several new properties scheduled to open within the next couple months. The nearly complete 190-room Hyatt Place Ath- ens/Downtown is accepting reservations for Dec. 31 and beyond. The new hotel will be attached to The Classic Center and have a rooftop bar. SpringHill Suites will open a 200-room prop- erty in spring 2018 near the UGA campus and a 130-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton just a block beyond The Classic Center should be open by fall 2019. The Hilton Garden Inn is currently undergoing a refresh, scheduled to be completed this fall. Outside of downtown, The Athens Best West- ern will soon add 55 new rooms. Athens offers 2,325 hotel rooms countywide. Athens is a great craft brewpub town. Crea- ture Comforts Brewing Co. is investing in a 36,000-square-foot brewery and 4,000-square- foot office space in a historic building in North Athens, enabling a tripling of its current produc- tion level. The new facility is due to open this fall. Creature Comforts Brewing Co., is also planning to develop an event/meeting space. Another brewer, Akademia Brewing Company, is set to open a new brewpub this fall. Athens Venues: • The Classic Center: 104,540-square-foot venue; 56,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 35 breakout rooms; 2,100-seat theater • University of Georgia Center for Con- tinuing Education & Hotel: 22 conference rooms, from 400 square feet to 2,500 square feet; a 5,336-square-foot auditorium; two banquet rooms: Magnolia Ballroom can accommodate up to 400; the Oak Room can host up to 40; attached 200-room hotel Atlanta Progress is constant in Georgia's capital city. Two state-of-the-art sports facilities opened this year: the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of At- lanta's NFL and MSL franchises, and SunTrust Park, the city's new facility for MLB. Philips Arena is undergoing a $192.5 million renovation, expected to be completed prior to the 2018-19 basketball season. Included in the upgrade will be a 250-seat master conference room and four breakout rooms, and suite improvements. Meanwhile, The Ellis Hotel just completed a $1.7 million renovation of all 127 guest rooms, guest corridors and lobby, in addition to building a new on-site fitness center. Near the Atlanta Airport south of downtown, home to the Porsche North American headquarters and Porsche Ex- perience Center, the new 214-room Solis Two Porsche Drive is due to open Nov. 1, with 6,500 square feet of event space and a 3,500-square- foot ballroom. Other major new developments on the ► City Map Location Albany.....................................................B6 Athens ...................................................C2 Atlanta H .................................................B3 Augusta .................................................E3 ...............E6 Buford .....................................................C2 Columbus ...............................................B4 Cumberland Island ................................. F7 Dalton .....................................................A1 Duluth .....................................................C2 Forsyth....................................................D4 Jekyll Island ............................................ F6 Macon H .................................................C4 Marietta...................................................B2 Norcross .................................................C2 Peachtree City H ....................................B3 Rome H ..................................................A2 Sandy Springs ........................................B3 . Savannah ............................................... F5 . Sea Island H ........................................... F6 . Statesboro .............................................E4 Valdosta ................................................C4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A B C D E F H H H H H

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