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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A R C H 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 south east one-stop-shop destination: Winston-Salem, N.C. sponsored content Winston-Salem is a sophisticated meeting destination conveniently and strategically located at the epicenter of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region. Meeting professionals and delegates alike consistently give Winston- Salem high marks as a memorable meeting destination that successfully yet subtly blends its rich Colonial roots and dedication to the arts with a vibrant, Southern city vibe. With 47 hotels and bed and breakfast inns and a total of 4,800 rooms, Winston-Salem has something for everyone. Discover why Winston- Salem is your Southern wake-up call. Winston-Salem's Convention Center offers approximately 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space and is located in the heart of our revitalized and bustling down- town. Two enclosed skyways connect the Con- vention Center to the Twin City Quarter which is comprised of the 146-room Embassy Suites and the 315-room Downtown Marriott. Winston- Salem's downtown also offers meeting planners and convention delegates a variety of charming, walkable dining options. Like bookends, the Downtown Arts District to the east offers a more eclectic, avant-garde flavor while the historic West End neighborhood, abundant with Victo- rian homes sporting charming front porches, gives patrons a retrospective glance back to Winston-Salem's opulent early 1900's heydays. Winston-Salem offers a diverse menu of off-site venues perfect for meeting professionals seeking alternative and innovative sites for workshops, elegant receptions and off-site team- building sessions. Conveniently located just min- utes from Winston-Salem's Twin City Quarter and the Benton Convention Center, is the $26- million Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The MRCA is an impressive, new addition to the historic heart of downtown Winston-Salem and offers planners yet another attractive, flexible function space for meetings, seminars, and receptions. The MRCA has several venue options including the Reynolds Galleria, an impressive 3,300-square foot multi-purpose space offering state of the art audio/visual as well as large-screen projection capabilities. This space allows for receptions to easily flow into the 1,800-square foot Womble Carlyle Gallery where works from local, national and interna- tional artists are on display. Next door to the Center is the impressive 300-seat Hanesbrands Theatre. The theater, orig- inally an AC Delco building, is a meeting plan- ner's dream come true, offering a moveable stage and seats. Additional seating in the dramatic wrap-around balcony adds even more flexibility and charm to this impressive facility. With attractive seasonal weather, Winston- Salem also offers the option of incredible outside function spaces including the new BB&T Ball- park complete with its panoramic view of Win- ston-Salem's pristine skyline. On the other side of the spectrum, meeting professionals can host a dinner on the historic setting of a 18th century Moravian Village or on the pristine lawn a historic early 20 th century mansion. About Visit Winston-Salem: The Visit Winston-Salem Convention Sales and Services staff is poised and ready to assist planners offering a menu of services to meeting planners to ensure that their stay in Winston- Salem is a productive, positive and seamless experience. Convention Services provide assis- tance with pre-registration and payment process- ing with the Visit Winston-Salem's promise that clients and customers will receive timely regis- tration updates, confirmation delivery and a comprehensive delegate database. Meeting planners may also secure Visit Winston-Salem as its official housing bureau when booking delegates in multiple hotels. Staff works with meeting planners to create a customized registration form which delegates can complete and submit by either fax, mail or on-line, allowing the housing coordination process to run efficiently and effectively. This service provides room-block monitoring, reservation management and real-time reports. Visit Winston-Salem happily provides knowledgeable staff to assist in on-site registration including producing customizable name badges. Fully-staffed Information/ Welcome desks and assistance with step-on guide and spouse program itinerary develop- ment is just an e-mail or phone call away. Visit Winston-Salem also provides a wide selection of complimentary destination infor- mation including brochures from local attrac- tions, the Annual Visit Winston-Salem Visitor Guide, Wine and Dine Guides and area maps. Contact Visit Winston-Salem Convention Services staff at: servicesdept@visitwinston- salem.com to discuss your specific requests and details. ■ Winston-Salem Offers A Welcomed Southern Wake-Up Call Christian Schroeder, Director of Sales & Services, Visit Winston-Salem Christian joined Visit Winston-Salem in 2010. Previously, he spent over eight years in hotel opera- tions & sales in Myrtle Beach and is a board member for MPI-Carolinas Chapter. (336) 728-4218 or (866) 728-4200 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitwinstonsalem.com get to know: 10-33 CS MARCH 2014_Layout 1 2/26/14 2:42 PM Page 26