OCT 2016

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 G E O R G I A 150 spacious one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium villas on Jekyll Island St. Marys/ Cumberland Island St. Marys is almost as far south as you can get in Georgia before hitting the Florida state line. The small town is home to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, one of only two Trident submarine bases in the world; the St. Marys Submarine Museum; and the Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame. St. Marys is also the gateway city to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island with a 9,800-acre Congressionally designated Wilderness Area and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. Atlanta Georgia's capital city continues its remarkable development, adding to its already impressive existing meeting infrastructure which includes three large convention centers; more than 94,500 hotel rooms in the metro area, 11,700 within walking distance of the downtown con- vention and entertainment district; the busiest airport in the world; the ATL SkyTrain, which offers transport from the airport to surrounding communities; and MARTA, its continually de- veloping rapid mass-transit system. Atlanta's had $2 billion in new development over the last two years, with $3 billion in de- velopment expected over the next four years, according to representatives at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). New hotel development in the ATL this year includes the 128-suite Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Downtown and the newly opened 166- room AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. The AC Hotel by Marriott Downtown is expected to open in early 2017. "Atlanta offers something for every attendee and for meetings of all sizes," said Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer, ACVB. "Our amenities, diverse hotel portfolio and new developments continue to make Atlanta a top meeting destination." Atlanta Meeting Space: • Georgia World Congress Center: see Breakout Spotlight, page 53 • Georgia International Convention Center: see Breakout Spotlight, page 46 • Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart: 500,000 square feet; 40 meeting rooms • Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel: 35,000 square feet of exhibit space; 387 guest rooms • Atlanta Marriott Marquis: 28,000 square feet of function space; 1,663 guest rooms • Loews Atlanta Hotel: 25,000 square feet of function space; 414 rooms Marietta/Cobb County Cobb County is a prominent location in At- lanta's northwestern metro area that features a major conference center and several smaller ones, several major convention hotels, a major performing arts center, interesting museums and a very cool historic theater. Countywide, there are 13,500 guest rooms and more than 375,000 square feet of meeting space. ► 400,000 total square feet | 150,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall | 40,000 sq. ft. ballroom 32 meeting rooms | 3 executive board rooms | 90,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space 17 covered loading docks | 2,000 surface parking spaces | 8,500 hotel rooms in vicinity Hotels on campus | 2-minute ride from airport Enjoy your meeting. Where business meets with pleasure. You're best at your business when you enjoy where you are. See for yourself why business people from around the world choose the GICC for for meetings and trade events. meetings for meetings and trade events. and for meetings and trade events. trade for meetings and trade events. events. for meetings and trade events.

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