JUL 2014

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J U L Y 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 37 Feel Good In Small Markets S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Winston-Salem Offers A Welcomed Southern Wake-Up Call 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 48 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 downtown. Two enclosed skyways connect the Convention 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 Down- town Arts District to the east offers a more eclectic, avant-garde flavor while the historic West End neighborhood, abundant with Victorian 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 profes- sionals seeking alternative and innovative sites for workshops, elegant receptions and off-site team-building sessions. Conveniently located just minutes from Winston-Salem's Twin City Quarter and the Benton Conven- tion Center, is the $26-million Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The MRCA is an impres- sive, new addition to the historic heart of downtown Winston-Salem and offers plan- ners yet another attractive, flexible function space. The Millennium Center, located a block from the convention center offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space in a historic setting. Just five minutes from downtown is Graylyn International Conference Center, once the second largest home in North Carolina, today offers 86 sleeping rooms and approxi- mately 46,000 square feet of meeting space on the 55-acre property. Opening in 2015, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will open their first North Carolina property, a 211 room four-star boutique hotel in the iconic R.J. Reynolds building in downtown Winston-Salem. With attractive seasonal weather, Winston- Salem also offers the option of incredible outside function spaces including the new BB&T Ballpark complete with its panoramic view of Winston-Salem's pristine skyline. On the other side of the spectrum, meeting professionals can host a dinner on the historic setting of an 18th century Moravian Village or on the pristine lawn a historic early 20 th century mansion. 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 assistance with pre-registra- tion and payment processing with the Visit Winston-Salem's promise that clients and customers will receive timely registration 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, reser- vation management and real-time reports. Visit Winston-Salem happily provides knowledgeable staff to assist in on-site regis- tration including producing customizable name badges. Fully-staffed Information/Welcome desks and assistance with step-on guide and spouse program itinerary development 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 to discuss your specific requests and details. ■ 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 get to know... See Ad On Page 2 *36-53 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 2:19 PM Page 37

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