ConventionSouth

APR 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m A P R I L 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43 convention hotels, and a vibrant, welcoming downtown. The open and airy, 4,100-square-foot, street-level mezzanine overlooks the exhibit hall and provides easy access to all other areas of the center, the attached Marriott hotel, and the nearby Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Granite details, stunning artwork, casual seating a nd a gracious reception area create the ideal spot to mix and mingle before or after events. There are 20 versatile meeting rooms, with more than 32,600 square feet of space, each offering state-of- the-art audio/visual equipment, easily accessible controls and full back-of-house services, including state-of-the-art lighting and sound in every room, a fiber-optic data network, high-speed wireless Internet access and production capabilities. Lodging options abound in Raleigh. The Raleigh Marriott City Center is contiguous to the convention center, and has 15 meeting rooms with a total of 15,000 square feet of space, including the State Ballroom with a capacity of 1,000. The 400-room hotel recently opened its signature restaurant, Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen, a refined take on traditional Southern cuisine with emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The 353-room Sheraton Raleigh, near the Raleigh Convention Center, is just steps from downtown shops, dining and entertainment. The property has undergone renovation and offers more than 18,000 square feet of upgraded meeting space, along with Jimmy Vs Osteria + Bar. Located in the heart of Raleigh, the 190-room Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone- University is convenient to Pullen Park and North Carolina State Capitol, and within close proximity of Raleigh Little Theater and Raleigh City Hall. DURHAM The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes visitor-centered economic and cultural development, and provides a broad spectrum of assistance to meeting and event planners. The 33,000-square-foot Durham Convention Center is equipped to handle almost any size meeting, convention or trade show with two ballrooms, 3,800 square feet of meeting rooms and two boardrooms featuring state-of-the-art equipment. The convention center is part of the Durham Civic Center Complex, which also includes the Carolina Theater, Durham Armory, Durham Arts Council Building, and the Durham Marriott City Center Hotel. The David Thomas Center at Duke University Fuqua School of Business is undergoing extensive renovations, including a 90,000-square-foot expansion. When it reopens, it will provide meeting attendees with 200 modern guest rooms and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom, all LEED- certified. In the center of the city, the 190-room Durham Marriott City Center boasts easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment options, as does the Marriott at Research Triangle Park (RTP) Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU). The Hilton Durham near Duke University offers proximity to downtown Durham, RTP, prominent corporations, prestigious universities and government agencies. Guests can savor Carolina classics and specialties at Bluestone Grille. The property has 10,000 square feet of event space, a business center, full-service catering and audiovisual rental services. The AAA Four Diamond Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club occupies a prime setting on the campus of Duke University just two miles from downtown Durham and 20 minutes from RDU and RTP. Its Executive Conference Center has 20 sophisticated conference rooms, 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a 24-hour business center. Conference planning personnel provide assistance as needed. CHAPEL HILL The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau offers advice and suggestions on coordinating special tours, themed parties, spouse programs, entertainment, speakers, florists, audiovisual equipment and other conference components. Chapel Hill's meeting-friendly hotels offer ‰ THINGS TO SEE AND DO The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill market is full of art, culture, history, sports and just plain fun. The major universites in the area – Duke University in Durham, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh – and the many smaller colleges and universites in the market provide cultural and athletc actvites year-round. Greater Raleigh's historic landmarks and burgeoning cosmopolitan offerings – arts, festvals, sports, hospitality and shopping – in a one-of-a-kind capital setng make it a cultural and entertainment center of the Southeast for leisure, business and events. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, The Carolina Theatre, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum and the J. C. Raulston Arboretum are just a few of the cultural atractons in the market. n N C T R I A N G L E The Carolina Theater in Durham

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