JUN 2017

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• Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Sea- sons/Koury Convention Center: 250,000 square feet of meeting space; 985 guest rooms • Grandover Resort and Conference Cen- ter: 45,000 square feet of meeting space; 247 guest rooms; golf course • Greensboro Marriott Downtown: 28,500 square feet of meeting space; 273 guest rooms (For more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 50.) High Point About 30 miles from Winston-Salem and just 17 from Greensboro, High Point's biggest claim to fame is as the 'Home Furnishings Capital of the World,' and many a convention or conference attendee spend some off-time hunting for a bargain in the city's numerous furniture showrooms and stores. An initiative kicked off last year to generate downtown revitalization, Forward High Point Inc., has been granted $15 million to purchase land upon which to build a multi-purpose stadium for sporting events. According to news reports, Forward High Point Inc. is planning to try to get a professional baseball team to provide enter- tainment and to serve as a catalyst for increased tourism. Additional High Point Venues: • Cameron Campus of Guilford Technical Community College: 93,000-square-foot facility; 250-seat auditorium; northwest of High Point in Colfax • The Lofts at Union Square: 50,000-square- foot upscale facility; 3 meeting rooms • Linbrook Heritage Estate: 36,000 square feet of meeting space on a 500-acre private working farm and forest; located in Trinity, N.C. • Villa de L'Amour: 15,000 square feet of meeting space; three meeting rooms • Radisson Hotel High Point: 11,000 square feet of meeting space; 252 guest rooms Chapel Hill Chapel Hill is located in the state's highly es- teemed Triangle area, sometimes called the Research Triangle because of the three major uni- versities in its three major metropolitan areas of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. The Triangle is situated in the northwest section of North Caro- lina's large central Piedmont region. Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina and, along with neighboring Carrboro, offers 1,460 hotel rooms; 1,688 countywide. It has appealing venues for small- to medium-sized meetings. Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau staff are abuzz about several new hotels, a new public food market in the heart of the city, and a major soon-to-open downtown multiuse project. The Blue Dogwood Public Market is set to open any day now. The large indoor food market will feature more than a dozen small food businesses and food-related retail vendors including Hook & Larder, Pizzell Bakery and The Bar at Blue Dogwood. The first phase of the Carolina Square Devel- ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 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 52 N O R T H C A R O L I N A "Greenville is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in North Carolina and serves as the meeting, medical, educational, cultural, entertainment and sports hub of the eastern part of our state," said Andrew Schmidt, executive director of the Green- ville-Pitt County CVB. "Convention plan- ners and their attendees will find themselves in good company when exploring our revi- talized Uptown District or enjoying a unique dish at one of our many locally owned independent restaurants. The finest cultural, recreational and shopping opportunities are located here and a main reason why Green- ville was recently named an fDi (a publica- tion of the Financial Times) American Micro City of the Future. Rest assured that our staff at the convention and visitors bureau, as well as our entire hospitality community, stand ready to assist you in every aspect of your conference planning and look forward to talking with individual attendees to maximize their experience when they visit with us in Greenville." In addition to the Greenville Convention Center's 57,000 square feet of meeting space and the elegant Rock Springs Center, the eastern North Carolina town of Greenville has a number of modestly sized facilities suitable for small meetings or receptions, in- cluding the ECHI Conference Center, a med- ical campus facility; The Martinsborough, a restored three-story handsome brick building dating to 1923; and the Greenville Museum of Art. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Greenville-Pitt County Contact: Vidant's Employee Recognition Event Greenville's Umbrella Market, offers fresh pro- duce, meats, seafood, handmade arts, jewelry, antiques, vintage items, homemade bath prod- ucts, baked goods and local craft brew every Wednesday from May through August. Foodie Fun!

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