FEB 2017

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F E B R U A R Y 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 41 M A R Y L A N D five-story, 150-room Delta Hotel by Marriott at Inner Harbor Baltimore just opened in a his- toric 1904 downtown building and has limited meeting space. In the city known for its steamed blue crabs and other seafood delicacies, several food venues with varied menus have opened recently, including Mount Vernon Market- place, R. House in Remington and Whitehall Mill in Hampden. Bar Vasquez has offered a new fount of Argentine cuisine to Baltimore. And City Brew Tour includes four brewery st ops and approximately 15 tastings in a five- hour tour. "Baltimore is not just a first-class Mid-At- lantic meeting place but offers an experience that extends far beyond our convention walls," said Amy Calvert, senior vice president of sales and services for Visit Baltimore. "Attend- ees can explore Baltimore's rich culture and community through an array of vibrant lenses. As a DMO, we work in collaboration with our customers to create immersive opportunities for our visitors, highlighting many aspects of the city – from our booming culinary scene to waterfront experiences – all within our walk- able convention campus." The Baltimore Convention Center (BCC) offers 300,000 square feet of exhibit space in eight exhibit halls; 85,000 square feet in 50 convertible rooms; plus a 36,000-square-foot ballroom. BCC is connected by skywalk to several major hotels, shopping facilities and the Inner Harbor. The 2017 NAACP Annual Convention in July is just one of the major events BCC will host this year. Annapolis & Anne Arundel County The meetings landscape of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has expanded in recent years. The area now offers 11,000 hotel rooms, many of which have undergone recent renova- tions, and new hotels are being built. Home2 Suites by Hilton Arundel Mills BWI Airport held a grand opening in September 2016. The new extended-stay property features spacious suites and a heated indoor pool. Recently renovated Annapolis properties include the Historic Inns of Annapolis, which last January completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of all 124 rooms and nine suites in its three inns: Governor Calvert House, Robert Johnson House and the Maryland Inn. The Maryland Inn's Treaty of Paris Restaurant and Starbucks were also updated. Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis completed renovations to all of its guest rooms, hallways, meeting room, lobby area and restaurant in February 2016. The pet- friendly 196-room Crowne Plaza Annapolis just completed a $13 million renovation of ► Discover a charming location to host your next reunion, wedding, or meeting P L A N Y O U R N E X T E V E N T C O N T A C T U S T O D A Y M E E T I N A N N A P O L I S . C O M Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

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