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 62 G E O R G I A facilities include a 1,400-seat civic center, an auditorium that can accommodate up to 300, two small private event venues and about two dozen hotels. According to Marcia Priest Buzzell, executive director of the Warner Robins CVB, Rigby's Entertainment Complex is "the place in Middle Georgia for family entertainment." This past summer, Rigby's added the Rigby's Water World and Lazy River attraction. It complements the operation's other entertainments that include bowling, in-line skating, two-story laser tag, go- karts, and video and redemption games. For other outside excursion options, Warner Robins offers the Museum of Aviation, the Georgia Artisan Center, and a dozen nature trails and parks. Nearby Fort Valley is home to the nine-acre Massee Lane Gardens. Columbus As with all the major cities in western Georgia, Columbus falls into the two-state convenience zone. The Chattahoochee River separates it from Alabama and it's a reasonable drive from anywhere in Georgia. Columbus Airport is VHUYHGE\'HOWDRXWRI$WODQWD+DUWV¿HOG-DFNVRQ International Airport. &ROXPEXVERDVWVPRUHWKDQVTXDUH feet of meeting space, four districts designated as meeting districts, 18 smaller unique meeting spaces and offers more than 4,600 hotel rooms. Columbus also has the 2.5-mile Chattahoochee Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park, the longest urban whitewater course in the world. With Fort Benning Army post on its outskirts, it isn't surprising that two of Columbus's top attractions are the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center on the Columbus State University campus is another favorite spot. The biggest news coming from Columbus, however, is the imminent opening in late October of Historic Westville, a living-history museum that will feature four interpretive areas demonstrating life in the 19th Century South. The areas will focus on the Creek Indians, the settler frontier, rural life and its struggles with slavery and the sharecropping system, and the town center. Columbus Venues • Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center: 182,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space; 22,000-square-foot ballroom • Columbus Civic Center: 10,000-seat sports and live-performance arena • National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center: 190,000-square-foot facility; 13,500-square- foot ballroom; 289-seat IMAX Theater; 40-person private dining room; 150-person public dining room; outdoor courtyard; just outside the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning • Cunningham Conference Center: 5,432- square-foot banquet hall; on Columbus State University campus • University Hall Auditorium: 800-seat auditorium; 1,200 square feet of stage area; on Columbus State University campus • Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center: 220-person capacity Founders Hall; 106-seat executive- level auditorium; on Columbus State University campus • RiverCenter for the Performing Arts: 2,000- seat Bill Heard Theatre; 450-seat Legacy Hall; 150-seat Studio Theatre Albany /RFDWHGPLOHVIURP,DQGDERXWIURP the Alabama state line, Albany is situated alongside the Flint River. The city offers the 46,000-square-foot Albany Civic Center, a municipal auditorium and 26 hotels. Albany State University has 15 meeting rooms and Albany Technical College has about 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The Flint RiverQuarium environmental education center may be Albany's biggest tourist attraction. It offers up-close and personal encounters with marine life, alligator IHHGLQJVDQGWKHJDOORQIRRWGHHS RiverQuarium Blue Hole Spring, teeming with NLQGVRI¿VKWXUWOHVDQGPRUH$QRWKHUELJ GUDZLV&KHKDZ3DUNDDFUHFRQVHUYDWLRQ education center and zoo. The AZA-accredited Zoo at Chehaw is home to more than 125 species, including cheetahs, black rhinoceroses, meerkats, Peachtree City Shares Its Secrets Kym Hughes, executive director of the Peachtree City CVB, has a secret to share. "Peachtree City is in a very unique position right now," she said. "[We have] newly renovated rooms and meeting space between our two largest properties and you can commute o road.-We are a planned community with more than 100 miles of golf cart paths for your shuttle between hotels or travel out for dinner.-I encourage our meeting attendees to check out the sunset near both hotels at Battery Way Park. It is a secret though, don't tell everyone.-We can set up golf cart rental for meeting attendees with planners or guests can rent a limited number of golf carts directly from the hotel. That's just how we roll." Peachtree City's signature vehicle is the golf cart. Their use is built into the community's master plan. Cart paths connect the town and can get you to any destination within its city limits: stores, restaurants, resort-style hotels and conference centers, the golf course, Lake Peachtree and other recreation spots. Along the way, carters cross bridges, travel through tunnels and wind through parks and playgrounds as they discover "how much better life can be at 15 miles per hour!" Q

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