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 56 G E O R G I A • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre: 10,000-square-foot ballroom; 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre: more than 1,000 guest rooms nearby • Riverside EpiCenter: 113,000-square-foot facility; seating for up to 400 in the ballroom, 100 in the event atrium and 600 in the theater; 13 event rooms • Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center: 60,000 square feet of meeting space; 33 event rooms; 510 guest rooms; connected to Cobb Galleria Centre • Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Con- ference Center: 20,000 square feet of meet- ing space; 200 guest rooms Gwinnett County In northeast Atlanta, Gwinnett County is home to growing towns with international flair, such as Duluth, Buford and Norcross. The Gwinnett County CVB operates – and plans to expand – the Infinite Energy Center, a major event and live-performance venue. A new 166-room Em- bassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta NE Gwinnett Sug- arloaf with meeting space for up to 450 people opened next to the Center this year. "Gwinnett is the hub for international meet- ings and tourism in Atlanta," said Lisa Anders, executive director for Explore Gwinnett. "Our diverse and inclusive county has been nationally recognized for our International and Asian dining districts, we've got daily international flights from Hartsfield-Jackson and our bi-lingual staff is here to make your event a success." The county also offers three major full-service hotels with meeting space. The Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Peachtree Corners, which has the largest amount of meeting space in Gwinnett County, recently completed a $14 million ren- ovation. One tower of the 300-room Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is being transformed into a Sonesta ES Suites, creating Sonesta's first du- al-brand property. Sonesta ES Suites will offer 81 newly designed efficiency, studio and 1-bedroom suites. The property is expected to open in Janu- ary 2018. A $10 million renovation of the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, planned for com- pletion in 2018, will introduce the new Marriott design prototype to Gwinnett County. Another appealing meeting/event venue for modestly sized groups is the LEED-certified Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Gwinnett County Venues: • Infinite Energy Center: 50,000 square feet of exhibit space; 21,600-square-foot ballroom; 23 meeting rooms; 700-seat theater; 13,000-seat arena; Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for Art & Learning (See breakout spotlight on page 56 for more information.) • Hilton Atlanta Northeast: 20,000 square feet of function space; 272 guest rooms • Sonesta Gwinnett Place – Atlanta: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 300 guest rooms Peachtree City Some 30 miles south of Atlanta in Fayette County, Peachtree City is a planned community where golf carts are a popular mode of transporta- tion for getting around the city's 90 miles of cart paths, as well as the city's three golf courses. Along with two IACC-certified meeting ven- ues and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, Peachtree City features wooded areas, three lakes and several creeks. Flat Creek Nature Area offers a 1,200-foot boardwalk and two viewing platforms. Line Creek Nature Area has a 70-acre public preserve along the creek. Eric Matos, director of sales for the Peachtree City CVB, mentioned the award-winning tennis center and other appealing amenities. "Plan on enjoying Peachtree City's premiere shopping, de- lectable dining, and luxury hotel and conference center accommodations," he said. "The Infinite Energy Center (IEC) campus is located minutes from downtown Atlan- ta and just off I-85 in Duluth," said Dan Markham, the center's executive director of sales, booking and event management. "The location and the versatility of the venue provides the perfect setting for any type of event programming. Our multipurpose venue includes a 13,000-seat sports and concert are- na, 708-seat professional theater, 23 meeting rooms, 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 21,000-square-foot grand ballroom. With 5,000 parking spaces that are free to all clients, visitors and guests, and six major hotels within walking distance, it's easy to accommodate both logistical and creative requests, and meet the specific needs of a wide range of events." The Infinite Energy Center has started development of a master-plan expansion that will expand the Infinite Energy Forum's Exhibit Hall space from 50,000 square feet to more than 110,000. The project also provides for enhanced technology, infrastructure, audio/visual, green space and a new parking deck. The current parking spaces will be transformed into a new mixed-use devel- opment featuring office, residential, green space, entertainment and dining. Another component, due to break ground late 2018, will be a 302-room, full-service Marriott that will connect to the Center and provide 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The IEC is an exceptionally versatile venue that hosts everything from AA hockey (Atlanta Gladiators) and indoor lacrosse to live country and rock music performances, art shows and corporate events. The venue is located on a beautiful 90-acre lakefront campus. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Infinite Energy Center Contact:

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