JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 12 WINTER EVENT HOT SPOTS Talk about a "hot" spot! This city welcomed a record-setting 53 million visitors in 2017 and the city's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019. Hot Winter Activities: • Get a Sky View of the City. Towering nearly 20 stories above Cen- tennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas providing panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area. Enhance the experience in a VIP gondola. • Peel Out In A Porsche. Push your participants to the limit at Porsche Experience Center, then refuel with fine dining at Restaurant 356. W Atlanta - Check out the spectacular views from the WET® outdoor pool on the 16th floor of this boutique downtown property and enjoy W signature cocktails at WETBAR. Atlanta Botanical Garden - Get fresh at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen. Enjoy group dining, surrounded by the vegetables, fruits and herbs that make up the meal. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead - Shop til you drop at upscale Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and the Shops at Buckhead Atlanta then relax at the hotel's pool, waterfall and Zen Garden. Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta - Hold a reception on the pool deck and get a grand view of Battery Atlanta, the city's newest mixed-use community on the north side, which includes Sun Trust Park, home field of the Atlanta Braves. HOT SPOT: Atlanta, Georgia Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta The first dual-branded property for Sonesta Hotels, this stylish hotel, located northeast of the city, includes a 300-room hotel and a new Sonesta ES Suites. An onsite hot spot, ArtBar is a gastro pub offering local fare and libations in a contemporary Southern restaurant, decorated with installations by local artists. Centennial Olympic Park HOTTEST of the HOT Houston is an outdoor community, where Southern hospitality meets urban chic. America's fourth-largest city includes an urban downtown park and a 2,500-acre preserve. Hot Winter Activities: • Kayak Buffalo Bayou, a 52-mile serpentine body of water that's a focal point of recre- ation in the city. • Set up a guided canoe tour through the backwaters of the Armand Bayou Nature Center or a hike through tall grass prairie, bayou and forest ecosystems. • Enjoy peddle boats on Lake McGovern, antique miniature train rides, an 18-hole golf course and a large amphitheater for live performances, at the 445-acre Hermann Park, which is also home to the Houston Zoo. Hotel Sorella - At the heart of Houston's CityCentre, a venue designed in the style of European open-air plazas, Hotel Sorella is surrounded by green spaces that invite meeting attendees to browse shops, take in art or head out for a night on the town. Marriott Marquis Houston - Overlooking Discovery Green Park, this contemporary property features a Texas-shaped lazy river, an infinity pool and pool bar and grill on the 6th floor. Group events can be held in the Outdoor Pavilion, which offers inspiring views of Houston's scenic skyline Omni Houston Hotel at Westside - Located in Houston's Energy Corridor, this luxury hotel is surrounded by a picturesque two-acre lake, which can be viewed from glass elevators and the outdoor pool overlooks a park area. Terry Hershey Park, with hike and bike trails, fishing and a canoe/kay- ak launch is just a mile away. HOT SPOT: Houston, Texas Royal Sonesta Houston This AAA Four Diamond property has a fifth-floor outdoor swimming pool and is located near lots of big-city entertainment options. When your group returns from outdoor excursions, the Axis Lounge offers a place to wind down and the ARA restaurant offers local fare. HOTTEST of the HOT Hermann Park Buffalo Bayou

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