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JUL 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 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 42 Feel Good In Small Markets S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Hampton, Virginia has cornered the meetings market when it comes to convenience and ac- cessibility. Geographically centered in pictur- esque Coastal Virginia, the state-of-the-art Hampton Roads Convention Center positions meeting attendees where opportunity abounds to explore and enjoy. Plus, Hampton is located in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic region and is within easy drive of our na- tion's most populous metropolitan areas. Delegates convening in Hampton are greeted by scenic waterfront vistas, excep- tional facilities, world class attractions and an eclectic array of shopping and dining, including the Peninsula Town Center just blocks away. There are 2,500 hotel rooms within immediate proximity of the 344,000- square-foot Hampton Roads Convention Center. Its 35 flexible meeting spaces under one roof include a 102,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a grand ballroom seating 2,000, plus dramatic features like a wall of water descending from second to first floor and an outdoor terrace overlooking the landscaped grounds. A covered walkway connects the center to a headquarters-quality Embassy Suites Hotel and the iconic 84,000- square-foot Hampton Coliseum arena shares the campus. Hampton is home to other unique event venues, like the Virginia Air & Space Center with the Riverside 3D IMAX Theater; Penin- sula Town Center with theater, shopping and dining; and cruise vessels that navigate Hampton Roads harbor while providing elegant settings for mixers. You can explore dynamic national treasures like Fort Monroe National Monument, the island garrison Fort Wool and Naval Station Norfolk (the world's largest), both accessible by harbor tour. The American Theatre and Hampton University Museum dating to 1868 complete an extraor- dinary meeting experience. ■ Easy, Breezy Coastal Virginia Meetings In Hampton get to know... Sallie Grant-DiVenuti, FCDME, CDME, CMP, CEM, Executive Director, Hampton CVB Sallie has held her posi- tion since 2001, played an integral part in the Hampton Roads Convention Center development, providing key insight into the center's design. (800) 487-8778 or (757) 722-1222 sallie@hamptoncvb.com www.visithampton.com *36-53 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 1:45 PM Page 42

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