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M A R C H 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 31 south east one-stop-shop destination: Columbia, S.C. sponsored content Columbia, South Carolina: The New Meeting Hot Spot Centrally located in the Palmetto State, Colum- bia, SC is a vibrant, metropolitan city laced with the classic charm and graciousness of the South. An idyllic destination for conventions, meetings and events, the Columbia region has all the resources necessary to make planning a quick and easy process. With the area's plethora of unique meeting spaces, abundance of affordable hotels and endless options for entertainment, The New Southern Hot Spot is just the place to host your next meeting or event. Meet Only eight miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC) is the state's only downtown convention center. Spanning 142,500 square feet, CMCC offers 15 different, fully-customizable meeting spaces, including a 17,135-square-foot ballroom, a 24,700-square-foot. column-free exhibit hall and a breathtaking outdoor terrace. Able to accommodate events of nearly any size, CMCC has hosted an array of conventions, festi- vals and events that have garnered more than one million attendees since the building first opened almost ten years ago. Boasting a sleek, modern design, this two-story facility is as dazzling as it is functional. For more intimate gatherings, the Columbia region offers a number of off-site reception ven- ues. The South Carolina State Museum, presently undergoing a $21 million expansion to include a 55-foot digital planetarium dome and theater, an online observatory and classroom, a 4-D multisensory theater and an outdoor tele- scope viewing terrace, has multiple rooms that can be used to accommodate anywhere from 20 to 600 attendees. Housed inside the first electric cotton mill in the nation, the atmosphere lends a beautiful, rustic air to any event. Columbia, SC has an array of different historic properties that can be used for a multitude of events. The South Carolina Lace House, located within the Governor's Mansion Complex, is a gorgeous, antebellum-era venue. Dating back to 1854, the Lace House and its accompanying gar- dens add a classic Southern touch to any gather- ing. Historic Columbia, preserving the Columbia area's historic and cultural heritage, allows for planners to book its available properties for pri- vate occasions. These magnificently restored houses and grounds can accommodate 50 to 400 visitors and offer a glimpse into the region's impressive past. For a more modern and eclectic feel, the Columbia Museum of Art has rentable rooms with ca- pacities ranging from 50 to 1,000 guests. Atten- dees are pre- sented the opportunity for exclusive viewings of different exhibits or collections and the museum's team of event planners will work to create a truly distinctive experience with lasting memories. Sleep With nearly 12,000 hotel rooms in the Columbia region, 1,480 of which located within one mile of CMCC, finding accommodations is conven- ient. Both limited and full-service properties are available to meet the needs and desires of virtually any traveler. From cozy inns to swanky suites, there is an affordable option apt to suit the many different tastes and budgets of our guests. Play As the professional responsibilities of the day begin to wind down, Columbia, SC's nightlife is just warming up. Featuring hundreds of restau- rants and bars throughout the region, there are plenty of options for kicking back and having some fun. Enjoy a hearty Italian meal at Rosso Trattoria Italia or nosh on some good 'ol South- ern barbecue at Palmetto Pig. Follow up with an after-dinner cocktail at The Vault at the Sheraton hotel or an ice-cold brew at Hunter-Gatherer. No matter where the evening takes you, you're bound to have a great time. After a night of the urban, downtown experi- ence, take it easy with a leisurely afternoon out- doors at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden or Congaree National Park. Enjoy one of our three hundred days of sunshine by taking to the rivers in a kayak or tube. With the warmth on your skin and a smile on your face, you'll be planning your next event in Columbia, SC before you've even left. ■ Jason Outman, Director of Sales, Columbia Metropolitan CVB Serving as Director of Sales for the Columbia CVB and Columbia Convention Center, Jason has over nine years of experience in the meetings, conven- tions, hospitality and tourism industries. (803) 545-0108 email@example.com www.columbiacvb.com get to know: Photos courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan CVB Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Learn more on pages 2 & 3. 10-33 CS MARCH 2014_Layout 1 2/26/14 2:42 PM Page 31