MAR 2015

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M A R C H 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Helping Hands: Annual CVB Issue W i n s t o n - S a l e m O f f e r s A We l c o m e d S o u t h e r n Wa k e - U p C a l l Winston-Salem is a sophisticated meeting destination conveniently and strategically located at the epicenter of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region. Meeting professionals and dele- gates alike consistently give Winston-Salem high marks as a memorable meeting destination that successfully yet subtly blends its rich Colonial r oots and dedication to the arts with a vibrant, Southern city vibe. With 48 hotels and bed and breakfast inns and a total of 4,800 rooms, discover why Winston- Salem is your Southern wake-up call. Winston-Salem's Benton Convention Center offers approximately 100,000 square feet of flex- ible meeting and convention space and is located in the heart of our revitalized and bustling down- town. Two enclosed skyways connect the Benton to the Twin City Quarter which is comprised of the 146-room Embassy Suites and the 315-room Downtown Marriott. Winston-Salem's down- town also offers meeting planners and conven- tion delegates a variety of charming, walkable dining options. Like bookends, the Downtown Arts District to the east offers a more eclectic, avant-garde flavor while the historic West End neighborhood, abundant with Victorian homes sporting charming front porches, gives patrons a glance back to Winston-Salem's opulent early 1900's heydays. Winston-Salem offers a diverse menu of off-site venues perfect for meeting professionals seeking alternative and innovative sites for work- shops, elegant receptions and off-site team-build- ing sessions. Conveniently located just minutes from Winston-Salem's Twin City Quarter and the Benton Convention Center, is the $26-million Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The MRCA is an impressive, addition to the historic heart of downtown Winston-Salem and offers planners yet another attractive, flexible function space. The Millennium Center, located a block from the convention center offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space in a historic setting. Just five minutes from downtown is Graylyn International Conference Center, offers 86 sleeping rooms and approximately 46,000 square feet of meeting space on the 55-acre property and in early 2016, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will open their first North Carolina property, a 211 room boutique hotel in downtown Winston-Salem in the iconic R.J. Reynolds building—built in 1929 and the prototype for the Empire State Building. With attractive seasonal weather, Winston- Salem also offers the option of incredible outdoor function spaces most with convenient downtown locations including the BB&T Ballpark complete with its panoramic view of Winston-Salem's pristine skyline. Meeting profes- sionals can also host receptions and dinners events at Old Salem, in the historic setting of an 18th century Moravian village. The Visit Winston-Salem Convention Sales and Services staff is poised and ready to assist planners offering a menu of services to meeting planners to ensure that their stay in Winston- Salem is a productive, positive and seamless experience. Convention Services provide assistance with pre-registration and payment processing with the Visit Winston-Salem's promise that clients will receive timely registra- tion updates, confirmation delivery and a comprehensive delegate database. Meeting planners may also secure Visit Winston-Salem as its official housing bureau when booking delegates in multiple hotels. Staff works with meeting planners to create a customized registration form which delegates can complete and submit by either fax, mail or on-line, allowing the housing coordination process to run efficiently and effectively. This service provides room-block monitoring, reser- vation management and real-time reports. Visit Winston-Salem happily provides knowledgeable staff to assist in on-site registra- tion including producing customizable name badges. Fully-staffed information/welcome desks and assistance with step-on guide and spouse program itinerary development is just an e-mail or phone call away. Visit Winston-Salem also provides a selection of complimentary destination information including brochures from local attractions, the annual Visit Winston-Salem Visitor Guide, Wine and Dine Guides and area maps. Contact Visit Winston-Salem Convention Services staff at: servicesdept@visitwinston to discuss your specific requests and details. n Christian Schroeder, Director of Sales & Services, Visit Winston-Salem Christian joined Visit Winston-Salem in 2010. Previously, he spent over nine years in hotel opera- tions & sales in Myrtle Beach and is President of MPI-Carolinas Chapter. (336) 728-4218 or (866) 728-4200 get to know: "Visit Winston-Salem went above and be ond to make sure our three events were success- ful, memorable & fun! The food was top-notch qualit , & our members praised their accommodations. Thank ou Visit Winston-Salem for helping make m job easier!" — Ginny Fountain, CMP Director of Meeting Planning, North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives Plannermonial: C Learn more on page 59.

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