JUN 2017

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J U N E 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 55 N O R T H C A R O L I N A scheduled to open downtown in July. Meanwhile, several big multi-use projects are underway. Among these, the Reuse Arts District will have a small theater, art venues, and the Durham Food Hall, among other operations. Additional Durham Venues: • Durham Convention Center: 33,000-square-foot facility; three grand ball rooms, four junior ball rooms, two boardrooms, and four meeting rooms; part of a complex that also includes the Carolina Theater, Durham Armory, Durham Arts Council Building, and the Durham Marriott City Center Hotel • The Executive Conference Center at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club: 29,000 square feet of meeting space; 270 guest rooms; championship golf course • The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University/JB Duke Hotel: 25,000 square feet of meeting space;; 198-room JB Duke Hotel • DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center: 20,500 square feet of meeting space; 2,700-seat theater • Millennium Hotel Durham: 16,000 square feet of meeting space; 315 guest rooms Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Aberdeen About 90 miles east of Charlotte, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area in the North Car- olina Sandhills bills itself as the Home of Amer- ican Golf. No wonder – this modestly populated bit of the Tar Heel State has more than 40 cham- pionship golf courses and has hosted some of the game's most prestigious golf events, including the U.S. Open Championships. But there are also more than 600 horse farms in these parts, many of which offer tours and some of which offer event space. There are also several first-rate spas, good shopping, eateries and more. The area's meeting space totals 115,500 square feet. The vast majority of it (60,000 square feet in 23 meeting rooms) is at Pinehurst Resort, the Cradle of American Golf, a grand hotel built in 1901. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club has about 15,500 square feet of meeting space, Little River Golf & Resort has about 8,500, and the rest is scattered in small increments among the rest of the area's hotels. The Pinehurst area has about 3,000 hotel rooms with more on the way. A new 90-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott opened in 2016 in Aberdeen. A new 80-room Hilton Garden Inn is also to be built adjacent to the TownePlace Suites by Marriott and the 103-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Fayetteville Some 40 miles further east sits Fayetteville, known especially as the home of Fort Bragg. The area is covered with military landmarks but it's also got a slew of historic districts, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure. Meeting planners will be interested to know that The Iron Mike Conference and Catering Center opened last year on Fort Bragg. The Cen- ter is open to the public and the military alike. It boasts 13 meeting rooms that range from 900 to 14,000 square feet. According to Melody Foote, director of com- munications for the Fayetteville Area CVB, three new hotel properties will arise in Cumberland County in the next year: a 121-room SpringHill Suites near Fort Bragg, a 114-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton and a 111-room Homewood Suites by Hilton. Additional Fayetteville Venues: • The Crown Complex: Five-venue com- plex; 105,000 square feet of meeting space; 60,000-square-foot expo hall; 9,000-square-foot ballroom; 10,000-seat coliseum; 5,000-seat arena; 2,400-seat theater • Ramada Plaza: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 16 meeting rooms • Double Tree by Hilton: 14,000 square feet of meeting space • Embassy Suites by Hilton Fayetteville/ Fort Bragg: 10,000 square feet of meeting space Greenville/Pitt County Greenville and surrounding Pitt County offer a variety of meeting and convention venues in the eastern central part of North Carolina. Outdoor recreational opportunities here include several golf courses and the Pitt County Arboretum. The Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum 1840 – 1940 and the Walter L. Stasavich Science & Nature Center are available, as are a handful of art centers. The Greenville Convention Center Campus sits upon a 32-acre complex in the town's newly ►

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