OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O B E R 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 56 G E O R G I A A new Courtyard Rome Riverwalk opened this spring just across from the Forum River Center. The 119-room Courtyard features 7,500 square feet of indoor meeting and event space in seven meeting rooms. The outdoor event space features riverfront views. "Downtown Rome has it all, with a beautiful meeting and convention facility that is adjacent to new hotels in a vibrant historic district with surrounding river views," said Thomas Kislat, Forum River Center Sales and Marketing Manager. The Greater Rome CVB markets itself as *HRUJLD¶V5RPH2I¿FHRI7RXULVPDQGWKH destination marketing association (DMA) now offers a free downtown transportation service called the Roman Chariot. It's a free downtown shuttle service that can be hailed with a text message. Rome also offers several engaging tours and excursions, including the Georgia's Rome Flavor Tours, Downtown Rome Guided Walking Tours, several self-guided tours and The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday, a 45-passenger excursion boat available for private events and public excursions. Rome Venues • Forum River Center: 34,400 square feet of exhibit space; 10,000 square feet of meeting space; 6,000-square-foot ballroom; eight meeting rooms; 4,100-seat arena • Krannert Center: 500-person banquet capac- ity; ballrooms, classrooms; located on Berry College campus • Ford Dining Hall: 320-person banquet capacity; located on Berry College campus • Rome City Auditorium: 1,100-seat audito- rium; historic building in downtown Rome Cartersville-Bartow County Cartersville is located among the rolling foot hills of Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, yet only 45 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. ,W¶VKRPHWRWZR¿UVWUDWH6PLWKVRQLDQDI¿OLDWHG museums: the Booth Western Art Museum and the Tellus Science Museum; an appealing historic downtown, with two historic theaters and numerous shops and restaurants; and, on its outskirts, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, with high mounds that were built by Native Americans of the Mississippian Period, dating back hundreds of years; an interpretive trail; and a museum. Another major attraction in Cartersville and nearby Emerson is the LakePoint Sporting Community, a major sports tournament site that's DOVRDERQD¿GHYDFDWLRQGHVWLQDWLRQZLWKVHYHUDO elements. The new LakePoint Champions Center has a 170,000-square-foot indoor sports facility suitable for play of at least 10 sports, as well as considerable meeting space. Lakepoint Station is a kid-friendly entertainment center with obstacle courses and games. The LakePoint campus is also KRPHWRQXPHURXVVSRUWV¿HOGVDQGWKH7HUPLQXV Wakepark, a cable-skiing facility. In nearby Adairsville, the luxury Barnsley Resort is a major Cartersville-area draw that continues its improvements. This spring two major new elements were added to its already compelling features at the 3,000-acre site. The Barnsley Resort Georgian Hall added 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space while the Inn at Barnsley Resort added 55 guest rooms to bring the property's total to 150. Recently, the Cartersville-Bartow County CVB began offering transportation for clients of the Clarence Brown Conference Center and other event venues. Cartersville-Bartow Venues • Clarence Brown Conference Center: 40,000-square-foot facility; 14,000-square-foot ballroom; 20,000 square feet of meeting space; nine meeting rooms; 3,000 square feet of pre-function space; 300-seat auditorium; 300- seat amphitheater; large outdoor courtyard • Barnsley Resort: 15,000 square feet of meet- ing space in multiple onsite venues; 6,000 square feet on terraces and verandas; 22,200 square feet of event space in outdoor venues; 150 guest rooms; outdoor and sporting options on 3,000-acre site • LakePoint Champions Center: 170,000-square-foot indoor sports facility; 125,500-square-foot clear-span floor space; nine meeting rooms; 45,000 square feet of pre-function space • The Grand Theatre: 500-seat theater; 1 recep- tion room; historic 1910 art deco building Atlanta Georgia's capital city continues to grow and prosper and stay in the limelight with its H[WUDRUGLQDU\VWDWXVDVDKRWVSRWIRU¿OPPDNLQJ and music. Meanwhile, the Atlanta BeltLine, a multi-use urban/suburban corridor, is still in its early stages of development and is already wildly popular. Right now, the Atlanta BeltLine is made up of six open trails, seven parks, a linear arboretum, an urban farm and a public art exhibition. Ultimately, the Atlanta BeltLine is expected to be a 22-mile loop of modern streetcar service, 33 miles of multi-use trail and 2,000 acres of parks that will open in phases through the anticipated completion in 2030. With a population nearing 500,000, the ATL offers an exceptional number and range of entertainment, dining, sports, lodging and LakePoint Champions Center in Cartersville

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