OCT 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 54 G E O R G I A horizon for Atlanta's convention and entertain- ment district have been initiated by the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Authority's 2020 Vision strategic plan. By the end of the decade, a series of new additions, expansions and renovations to the district will take place, includ- ing a new 800- to 1,100-room, high-end, high-rise convention center hotel with significant meeting space that will open adjacent to Georgia World Conference Center Building C. The 2020 Vision plan also calls for an additional 1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space created between GWCC Buildings B and C. Centennial Olympic Park will also undergo a series of renovations to enhance its multi-use event capabilities. "Our people make Atlanta a great destination for groups," said Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). "The city's collaborative hospitality community is dedicated to delivering one of the best conven- tion experiences in the U.S. ACVB's sales and convention services teams work together with our hotels, restaurants, attractions and venues to ensure a seamless meeting experience from start to finish." Along with three large convention centers, more than 95,000 hotel rooms in the metro area, 11,700 of them within walking distance of the downtown convention and entertainment district, and a world-class airport, Atlanta has a live en- tertainment scene and many renowned art venues and museums, as well as a major zoo, amusement parks, the Georgia Aquarium, the Atlanta Botani- cal Garden and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Atlanta Venues: • Georgia World Congress Center: 1.4 mil- lion square feet of exhibit space; 33,000-square- foot ballroom; 106 meeting rooms • Georgia International Convention Center: 400,000-square-foot facility; 150,000 square feet of exhibit space; 40,000-square-foot ballroom; 16,000 square feet of meeting space; 90,000 square feet of pre-function space (See breakout spotlight on page 54 for more infor- mation.) • Atlanta Convention Center at Ameri- casMart: 500,000 square feet; 40 meeting rooms • Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel: 35,000 square feet of exhibit space; 387 guest rooms • Atlanta Marriott Marquis: 28,000 square feet of function space; 1,663 guest rooms • Loews Atlanta Hotel: 25,000 square feet of function space; 414 guest rooms ATL Airport District The ATL Airport District is a promotional orga- nization for the smaller towns around the world's busiest airport, including College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City. "We are excited to expand our brand, and raise visibility and awareness of the vibrant cities that the ATL Airport District is composed of," said Cookie Smoak, president of ATL Airport Dis- trict. "Our area is rapidly blossoming into one of the most unique and exciting meeting and tourism destinations in the country, and we can't wait for our guests to experience it." The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), owned and operated by the City of Col- lege Park, is the second-largest convention center in the state and has the largest ballroom in metro Atlanta (40,000 square feet). Atlanta's NBA Hawks are opening up a new 3,500-seat arena for its D-League team adjacent to the GICC. A new 204-room Renaissance Gateway hotel opened on the GICC campus this spring. And the aforementioned Solis Two Porsche Drive is set to open in November at the Porsche North America headquarters. Altogether, the ATL Airport Area offers a variety of more than 8,000 rooms across multiple price points The Georgia International Convention Cen- ter (GICC) is the second-largest convention center in Georgia and is served by the ATL SkyTrain, which connects to nearby Harts- field-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Beyond its convenience and 400,000 square feet of meeting space, the facility has stylish architecture and a flat-roof design that limits noise from the airport. It offers 2,000 parking spots to accommodate drivers, an on-site Proof of the Pudding catering team, full audio/visual services provided by an on-site Tech Rentals office and an on-site, fully staffed carpentry shop. There are two convention hotels for the GICC: the 400-room full-service Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway and the 147- room SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport. BMW of North America recently announced that it is building a technical training facility on the GICC campus. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Georgia International Convention Center Contact: GICC Ballroom

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