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 63 nah's iconic properties, the former Hilton DeSoto, has undergone a complete interior renovation to all guest rooms, common areas and meeting spaces, and re-emerged as The DeSoto Savannah, a Sotherly Hotels Property. The 246-room hotel has two new restaurants, a bourbon bar, a coffee shop, a rooftop pool deck with cabana bar and The Back Porch gathering spot. Savannah has as many as 20 new hotel projects or major renovations set to open by 2020, includ- ing an upscale 150- to 175-room West Elm Hotel, a luxurious Perry Lane Hotel, a new Hilton on River Street, the 111-room Liberty Hotel across the street from the Savannah Civic Center and a new Starwood Tribute Portfolio property named The Hotel at 412 Williamson. Among the city's attractions and activities, River Street is a lively riverside walkway lined with restaurants, bars, shops and a few hotels. The new Georgia Queen, a huge recreational local-cruise boat, can accommodate up to 1,000 people for day cruises and dinner cruises. There are numerous walking, horse-and-carriage and trolley tours, three historic live-performance the- aters, major art museums and lots of good music. Savannah's foremost conference facility is the International Trade & Convention Center but the city also offers smaller spaces at the Savannah Civic Center, the DeSoto Savannah, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, the Marri- ott Savannah Riverfront and the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Savannah Venues: • Savannah International Trade & Con- vention Center: 330,000-square-foot facility; 100,000 square feet of exhibit space; 367-fixed seat auditorium; 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom • Savannah Civic Center: 44,000 square feet of meeting space; 6,000-square-foot ballroom; 5,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 7,832-seat arena; 2,566-seat theater • Coastal Georgia Center: 15,676 square feet of meeting space; 17 meeting rooms • Marriott Savannah Riverfront: 36,000 square feet of meeting space; 391 guest rooms • Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: 35,000 square feet of meeting space • Hyatt Regency Savannah: 33,000 square feet of function space; 351 guest rooms • The DeSoto Savannah: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 246 guest rooms North Georgia Mountains Georgia's northern quarter is a landscape of Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills, forests and Indian mounds, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It's where you'll find Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in the Peach State. It's home to small but enticing towns such as Dillard, Hiawassee, Young Harris, Helen, Clayton, Blairsville and Helen, an entire Alpine town that's the Southeast's "finest Bavar- ian Village," with cobblestone walkways and old- school German architectural elements. Helen is also home to Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, three vineyard/wineries a nd one winery. There are also several resorts, ► 1-800-444-1834 l Courtyard by Marriott: Full-service hotel opens Nov. 2017 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham: New meeting rooms & riverfront rooms Coming Soon Now offering expanded hotel options for your group! Our central location in the Southeast combined with our world-class service makes Georgia's Rome the perfect spot for your meeting. From groups of 5 to 5,000 we have you covered! Forum River Center Arena Upgrades New Forum River Center Ballroom Now Open Forum River Center: New river front ballroom & arena upgrades Hampton Inn & Suites: New downtown hotel G E O R G I A

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