JUL 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 Small Markets...Big On Meetings! Sponsored Content Sponsored Content Small Markets...Big On Meetings! he center of the South is Dalton Georgia, located 27 miles south of Chattanooga, and 90 miles north of Atlanta. Dalton is situated on Inter- state 75 at exit 333 with extensive services within half a mile of the exit. This includes more than 1,000 hotel rooms, 30 restaurants, and 143,000 square feet of meeting space at the Dalton Convention Center. The Dalton Convention Center includes an indoor arena measuring 40,000 square feet. This arena is the home of Dalton State Men's basketball team as well as the Georgia Ram- page indoor professional arena football team. The arena has also hosted concerts, rodeos, circuses, trade shows and soccer. Other meeting space includes a 10,000- square-foot ballroom and 10 breakout rooms. The common area provides additional space for exhibiting as many as forty 8x10 booths. A lecture hall with more than 200 seats is also part of the mix. The Convention Center's in-house catering team will provide delicious and value-priced meals and breaks for your group functions. Events in the arena will enjoy two concession stands to provide refreshments for attendees. Hotels include full service properties such as Holiday Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott. Limited service hotels include major brands such as Hampton, Comfort Inn & Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and La Quinta to name a few. In Dalton you will find our 10 "unique" restau- rants that feature great Southern style cook- ing, Italian, and barbecue. You will also find unusual dining options such as Willie's Burger Shack or fine dining in the historic Dalton Depot Restaurant. Dalton is known as the Carpet Capital but is emerging as a quality meeting destination. Other attributes include some of the best pric- ing for goods and services in the nation.* The convenient location combined with some of the best pricing in the southeast makes choosing Dalton an easy decision. While in Dalton you can venture into the Historic Downtown, where you will find our 18 "one-of-a-kind" shops and historic build- ings. For those interested in Civil War History, Dalton was a significant sight during the Civil War and particularly during the Great Locomotive Chase and the start of the Atlanta Campaign. Dalton is also the birthplace of carpet as devel- oped from the tufting industry. Learn more of this interesting industry by taking the "Tufts of the Past" self-guided tour. Dalton is part of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, a heritage tourism initiative that utilizes historic sites, buildings and other cultural remains to inter- pret the area's rich textile past. The heritage trail is a regional project spanning from Dalton to Columbus along Highway 27. n T See Why Dalton Is Right ON Target! Tonya Graham Meeting Sales Manager – Atlanta Market, Tonya joined the Dalton CVB team in November of 2014. She has 23 years of hotel and destination sales and marketing experience with which she ensures the best and most professional service when booking your meeting in Dalton! Dalton CVB (404) 456-6926 *as reported by Edge Magazine/September 2013 "Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that average prices paid by consumers for the mix of goods and services consumed in the area are about 15.3 percent below the national average."

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