FEB 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 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 42 M A R Y L A N D its guest rooms and suites, corridors, lobby, restaurant and 10,000 square feet of meeting space Additional Annapolis & Chesapeake Bay Meeting Spaces • The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute: 100,000 square feet of meeting space in conference center and attached hotel; 232 guest rooms; 50-seat planetarium; maritime museum • Loews Annapolis Hotel: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 215 guest rooms • The Westin Annapolis: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 225 guest rooms • BWI Airport Marriott Hotel: 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 305 guest rooms • Westin BWI Airport Hotel: 17,000 square feet of meeting space; 260 guest rooms • Hilton Baltimore – BWI Airport: 16,000 square feet of meeting space; 280 guest rooms Prince George's County Prince George's County is primarily known to meeting and event planners for the ever-ex- panding National Harbor development on the banks of the Potomac River, just outside the Capital Beltway with easy access to the nation's capital. The 350-acre mixed-use development has seven hotels, including the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and the newly opened MGM National Harbor, along with offices, more than 160 shops, more than 40 restaurants, two 700-foot piers, a water taxi and iconic attractions such as the Capital Wheel and National Harbor Carousel. National Harbor offers more than 3,300 hotel rooms and more than 500,000 square feet of meeting space. More of both are on the way, as are additional retail and entertainment spaces at this burgeoning development, said to be only a little more than half finished. The new 300-room MGM property at Na- tional Harbor opened in December 2016 with 27,000 square feet of meeting space, a 3,000- seat theater, a casino, several restaurants and high-end retail. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center can provide 500,000 square feet of event space, a maximum of 89 breakout rooms, 61 event rooms and high-tech amenities. The property has 1,900 rooms, a America's Sailing Capital and state capital of Maryland, Annapolis is also well known as the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. With hundreds of miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County offer lots of opportunities to get out on the water, as well as maritime at- tractions such as the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, The Maritime Institute and The National Sailing Hall of Fame. "Meeting planners find Annapolis and Anne Arundel County especially appealing because it offers two distinct destinations, said Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) Chief Marketing Offi- cer Frank DiVenti. "Groups who want to experience an 18th Century city with a 21st Century lifestyle opt for historic downtown Annapolis, America's Sailing Capital. Meetings and convention organizers who prefer close proximity to a major airport, Amtrak station and Interstate 95 opt for the BWI/Arundel Mills area of the county, complete with first-class, full-service ho- tels, easy access to downtown Baltimore and a host of unique attractions, including the National Cryptologic Museum, the Na- tional Electronics Museum, Arundel Mills Mall and Maryland Live! Casino." In September 2016, ground was broken on Live! Lofts not far from the casino. This major conversion of an existing 11-story hotel property in Hanover, Maryland, will entail a $3 million renovation of its 250 rooms, The Loft Grill, The Lounge and 3,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space. The renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2017. At the same time, ground was broken at a new $200 million flagship Live! Hotel at the Maryland Live! Casino itself, which opened in 2012. The 350,000-square-foot property will feature a 17-story hotel tower, 310 luxury guest rooms, a state- of-the-art event center with a 1,500-seat concert venue, meeting spaces, new dining options and a day spa and salon. It is ex- pected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Annapolis & The Chesapeake Bay Contact: Annapolis City Docks at Sunrise Bob Peterson Photography

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