ConventionSouth

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 33 NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! Sponsored Content ou may have thought you knew Winston-Salem; but, after $1.5 billion in downtown investment and a $20 million reinvention to our Benton Convention Center – let us introduce you to the NEW us! Known as the City of Arts & Innovation, Winston-Salem speaks to creative thinking and revolutionary ideas. Throughout the city's history, reinvention and artistic expression has remained the heart of our inspiration. It's here in Winston-Salem that sprawling tobacco farms were transformed into world class wineries, treasured historic buildings were given new life as sophisticated boutique hotels and abandoned tobacco factories were converted into world- renowned research centers. Winston-Salem is a shining example of a community inspired by change and committed to adapting and adjusting in a positive, thriving fashion. It is that very inspiration that powered the reinvention of the Benton Convention Center. Situated in Winston- Salem's downtown district, the 105,000-square-foot center – familiarly known as "The Benton" – just completed an 18-month, multimillion-dollar renovation. The massive undertaking was far more than a simple facelift, with changes and improvements driven by direct input from respected meeting planners and attendees, and enhancements reflecting the latest industry trends and forward-thinking concepts. The new Benton provides a smart environment designed to stimulate productive events and strategic outputs. The Benton now incorporates numerous architectural features that pay tribute to the city's historic arts, tobacco and textile roots. These celebrations of Winston-Salem's colorful past are woven seamlessly into a splendid modern facility that embraces the vibrancy of downtown through shimmering walls of glass and reveals curated, custom artwork that adorn her walls . The structure makes smart and satisfying use of space and natural light, with an interior design that encourages engagement and dynamic interaction. Smarter still is enhanced technology that provides more functionality in keeping connected, as well as the capability for more advanced presentations. And, surrounding all this is downtown Winston-Salem, which is buzzing with the energy and excitement of more than $1 billion in development initiatives begun in the past decade. From the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a living model of diversity, collaboration, innovation and creativity, to a wide array of independent restaurants and night spots, our downtown is the hub of activity for meeting attendees, visitors and locals alike. It's comes as no surprise that Forbes named Winston-Salem to their 'Top 10 Best Downtowns." More than just an upgraded meeting facility and thriving downtown district, Winston-Salem offers 5,000-plus hotel rooms and 50 lodging properties with 1,000 of the rooms in the downtown area alone. For groups looking to reinvent their meetings and events, in addition to the Benton Convention Center, Winston- Salem boasts a variety of options for conference retreats, convention gatherings breakout meetings and more – from the modern Wake Forest Biotech Place Conference Center and the historic Stevens Center and the Millennium Center, to the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Make sure to also check out the WAKE UP REWARDS PROGRAM, which provides up to a $3,000 credit plus an array of incentives to groups that book with Visit Winston-Salem and the Benton Convention Center complex. For more information, visit ReinventYourMeeting.com. ■ Thought you Knew Winston-Salem… Meet The New Winston-Salem Christian Schroeder, Director of Sales & Services An industry veteran, Christian boasts more than 14 years in convention sales at both the hotel and DMO level. He is the immediate Past President of the MPI-Carolinas Chapter. Visit Winston-Salem (336) 728-4218 or (866) 728-4200 Christian@visitwinstonsalem.com www.visitwinstonsalem.com Y

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