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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A R C H 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 32 Sponsored Content Annual CVB Issue! ime and again, first time visitors to Birmingham are taken by the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a backdrop, the city is laid out on lush rolling terrain. Alabama's largest meeting facility, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), is a pleasant surprise with meeting facilities all in one complex. The BJCC campus, with two hotels, has a total of 350,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It includes a 19,000-seat Arena and 4,000 seats in two theaters. That this Southern city has its own cosmopolitan personality is another eye-opener to visitors. Should you have us pigeonholed as serving only barbeque and fried pies, just remember that Birmingham is home to "the Oscars of dining" with James Beard Foundation winners and nominees. Shopping is a favorite pastime in the city that's Alabama's retail giant. Trendy malls and unusual boutiques give visitors exceptional shopping opportunities. Local microbreweries turn out some of the region's finest brews, filling tasting rooms with local and visiting beer-lovers. And the live music scene in Birmingham is as energetic as anywhere in the country. Vulcan Park and Museum has the world's largest cast iron statue and a spectacular view of the city. The Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses the world's largest collection of vintage motorcycles. The story of Birmingham's role in the long march to civil rights is told at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the focal point of the Birmingham Civil Rights District, recently named a National Monument. Fans of all sports enjoy the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum. And some of the best golf on earth can be found at Birmingham's two challenging courses along the state's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It is diversity that is this city's greatest strength and strongest appeal. And it is this city's charm and amenities that bring delegates back time and again to meet in Birmingham. ■ In Birmingham: Beauty, Breweries, James Beard & the BJCC T Steve Pierson, Director of Convention Sales Greater Birmingham CVB (800) 458-8085 or (205) 214-9234 firstname.lastname@example.org www.inbirmingham.com Plannermonial: "Birmingham is that city that makes you feel like you are very special and treats you that way." —Steven Ganzer, President, Security Energy Environmental Solutions, LLC " Breweries entertain guests with a variety of local flavors. Birmingham is a top culinary destination in the Southeast.