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FEB 2015

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By T. Wayne Waters It's hard to beat an area featuring three appeal- ing cities within a 30-mile circumference that includes plenty of historic ambiance but also cool new vibes and not one but two 2014 Read- ers' Choice Award-winning CVBs. There are also about 40 vine- yards in the surrounding region. The Piedmont Triad International Airport, just outside Greensboro, serves the area, which also has several interstates running through. All this and the wonderfully sunny, clement weather of Central North Carolina—NICE! n North Carolina Triad Greensboro's location at the crossroads of I-85, I-40 and I-73 may be a very appealing characteristic of the N.C. Triad city to meet- ing planners but Ava Pope, Director of Sales for the 2014 CS Readers' Choice Award- winning Greensboro Area CVB noted some- thing else as the city's best quality. "Greensboro is great because of its South- ern hospitality," said Pope. "It's a friendly, clean city and you feel like you're the most important thing going on at any facility in the city. Plus, there's lots to do in Greensboro." Hard to argue with that. Greensboro has a nicely compact downtown and great muse- ums, restaurants, nightlife, a couple of semipro athletic teams, several charming public gardens and more. Plus there are several recently completed projects and several others scheduled to open in the near future. One is SkyWild, the tree- top adventure park set to lift visitors up at the Greensboro Science Center's Animal Discov- ery Zoo when it opens in April. It will offer three participation options based upon the level of physical demand desired. "It's an aerial adventure park that people visiting the zoo can participate in that's based upon tasks that mimic animal behav- ior," said Pope. "It has 78 physical features that are based on animal adaptations and a variety of short ziplines." The Greensboro Science Center features a science museum, zoo, OmniSphere Theater and the Carolina SciQuarium, a 23,000- square-foot aquarium that opened summer of 2013. Much of the Center's space can be rented for special events. ‰ Greensboro: The Crossroads The Greensboro Science Center n Greensboro n Winston-Salem n High Point ALABAMA A RKANSAS FLORIDA G EORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA T ENNESSEE TEXAS V IRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Greensboro CVB Winston-Salem

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