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 58 ceremonies and more, expanding our capabilities for hosting all types of occasions, no matter how big or small." The major meeting facility within ATL Airport District's purview is the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), owned and operated by the City of College Park. Connected to the airport by SkyTrain, GICC is the second-largest convention center in the state and has the largest ballroom in metro Atlanta (40,000 square feet). There are 8,000 hotel rooms in the ATL Airport District. (For more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 63.) ATL Airport District Venues • Georgia International Convention Cen- ter (GICC): 400,000-square-foot facility; 150,000 square feet of exhibit space; 40,000 square-foot ballroom; 16,000 square feet of meeting space; 90,000 square feet of pre-function space; two adjacent hotels • Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway: 21,000 square feet of meeting space; 12,000-square- foot ballroom; 21 meeting rooms; 400 guest rooms • Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport (East Point): 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 4,050-square-foot ballroom; 17 meeting rooms; 378 guest rooms • Porsche North America Headquarters: 13,000 square feet of conference and event space in the business center • Delta Flight Museum: 1,200-person banquet seating capacity in historic airplane hangar; 117-seat theater; 400-person outdoor space Cobb County Cobb Travel & Tourism sources note that $300 million worth of new development is planned around the Atlanta Braves' Cobb County home ballpark, SunTrust Park. A 140-room Aloft Hotel is scheduled to open in 2020 in The Battery Atlanta, situated next to the ballpark. Silverspot Cinema and gourmet market Savi Provisions are additional elements of the project. These new ventures join existing spots already open at The Battery Atlanta, including an Omni Hotel and the 3,600-capacity Coca-Cola Roxy, a live performance music venue that's rentable for special events. Another addition to the Cobb County landscape is the Jim R. Miller Park event center, a 41,000-square-foot exhibit hall with a large lobby area that can be used to host corporate meetings, banquets and trade shows. A kitchen with two windows is situated to allow concession sales to both the main exhibit halls and the exterior plaza. Cobb County has about 14,000 hotel rooms and about 400,000 square feet of meeting space. The county's largest city and the county seat is Marietta, well known for its historic square, featuring appealing restaurants, bars and the historic 530-seat Art Deco Strand Theatre with a rooftop terrace. Marietta has more than 2,500 hotel rooms. Cobb County Venues • Cobb Galleria Centre: 144,000 square feet of exhibition space; 25,000-square-foot ball- room; 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 3,600-square-foot special-event space; con- nected to 510-room hotel and conference center • Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Con- vention Center: 60,000 square feet of meeting space; 33 event rooms; 27 breakout room; 510 guest rooms • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre: 10,000-square-foot ballroom; 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre • Riverside EpiCenter: 113,000-square-foot facility; 13 event rooms • Jim R. Miller Park Event Center: 41,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 25,000-square- foot ballroom • Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 200 guest rooms • Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta: 20,000 square feet of event space; 264 guest rooms Gwinnett County According to Victoria Hawkins, marketing communications director for Explore Gwinnett, the big news in Gwinnett County is the continuing development around Revel, the county's retail and entertainment district just outside Duluth, in the Metro Atlanta region. A new parking deck is being built with a fall 2019 completion date expected. This is merely the ¿UVWSKDVHRIDFRPSOHWHFDPSXVRYHUKDXOZKLFK will include a convention center expansion, construction of a headquarters hotel and a mixed-use development. The latter is slated to offer 330,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and entertainment venues; 600,000 square feet of "We are celebrating the new, upscale boutique hotel – Valhalla Resort and Spa – and the new, upscale Holiday Inn Express & Suites, which houses the Helen Confer- ence Center," said Jerry Brown, executive director of the Alpine Helen-White County CVB. "The center has the ability to hold 200-plus attendees and offers breakout space, as well as the newest audio/visual technology on the market." The Valhalla Resort Hotel is a cas- tle-styled upscale hotel that offers 25 guest rooms, several dining options and the Solasta spa and pool. This fall, a new Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Helen is scheduled to open with confer- ence facilities that can accommodate 250 attendees. And construction has begun on Georgia's first and only Alpine Coaster, which should be in operation early spring 2019. "The Alpine Helen CVB is here to assist with all of your conference planning needs," said Brown. Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Alpine Helen Downtown Alpine Helen Contact: G E O R G I A

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