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 62 G E O R G I A banquet hall; 3,800-square-foot public lobby; 1,100-square-foot boardroom; two 75-person tiered classrooms (See breakout spotlight on this page for more information.) Greater Rome The Georgia city named for the capital of Italy has seven prominent hills and three rivers which meet in the center of downtown. Its Italian fla- vor is evident throughout the city, perhaps most strikingly in the Capitoline Wolf sculpture of Ro- mulus and Remus that was a gift to Rome from Italy in 1929. Further adding to the Italian appeal is the Italianate and appropriately named meeting facility, The Forum. With the planned opening of a 120-room Courtyard located across from The Forum, Rome will achieve 1,000 hotel rooms before the end of the year. The property will feature 5,463 square feet of event and meeting space with seven event rooms. Downtown Rome has the largest Victorian-era district in Georgia and many shops and restau- rants. Greater Rome also has several top-notch museums, including The Duke Museum of Mil- itary History and the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home, a National Trail of Tears Certified Historic Site and the Martha Berry Museum. (See breakout spotlight on page 64 for more information.) Savannah Savannah, known as The Hostess City of the South, offers an extraordinary historical cityscape peppered with beautiful 18th- and 19th-century buildings, squares, Spanish moss-draped live oaks and colorful characters. "Savannah is a great place to meet because of its draw as a leisure destination," said Summer Bozeman, Savannah CVB communications as- sociate. "We're steeped in historic charm and an eclectic, artistic atmosphere and appear on many conference attendees' bucket lists. We also have some of the best food in the country and plenty of activities to keep attendees busy while they aren't meeting. And our downtown is very compact – you can easily run out to lunch and make it back in time for the next session." In the past few years, Savannah's downtown Broughton Street area has blossomed with new retail shops, eateries and coffee shops, and hotels continue to rise, renovate or reflag. One of Savan- The Visit Macon staff is dedicated to being as helpful as possible to meeting planners, according to Kimberly Payne-Ward, direc- tor of sales. "Our convention sales and services department provides several complimentary services to meeting planners," said Payne- Ward. "One of these services is the 'Show Your Badge' program where attendees can receive special discounts at local attractions and restaurants when they show their con- vention badge. Another available service Visit Macon staff offers is an information booth to answer questions attendees have about Macon during their stay." Payne-Ward and her colleagues often find Macon's remarkable musical heritage one of the city's traits most appealing to all visitors, including those attending confer- ences and coming for special events, and they love to help visitors find everything in the city such music aficionados might desire. Country star Jason Aldean and rocker Little Richard were born here, Otis Redding grew up here and the Allman Brothers Band gained their first creative and commercial success here. The city has commemorations for some of these great musical figures dot- ting its cityscape. There is a bronze statue of Otis Redding at Gateway Park next to the Ocmulgee River. The Otis Music Camp takes place every June, The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts provides music and vocal lessons, The DREAM Choir compris- es Otis Redding Foundation youngsters and The DREAM Academy Charter School is expected to open in fall 2018. The house where members of the Allman Brothers Band lived and practiced in the early days of their career has been renovated and made into the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. The museum showcases guitars, clothes, concert posters and all sorts of ABB memorabilia. And the Capricorn Records Building Project is un- derway at the site of the historic Capricorn Records recording studio where ABB, Otis Redding and others laid down some tasty tracks. It's being renovated to once again become a recording studio, while other parts of the site are being made into Lofts at Capricorn. The surrounding area will be a mixed-use development with retail, offices and more. Duane and Gregg Allman, and original ABB member Berry Oakley are buried in Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery. Rock Candy Tours offers weekly historic music walking tours of all things music in Macon. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Visit Macon Contact: Cherry Street

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