NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M 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 58 100,000 square feet of exhibit space • Memorial Auditorium: 3,200-capacity audi- torium; 1,500-capacity arena York County/Rock Hill Located just 20 miles south of Charlotte's perim- eter interstate and 26 miles from its downtown core, Rock Hill, York County's largest city, is a great two-state option equally convenient for both Carolinas. Fort Mill, another York County city, is even closer to Tarheel territory, 11 miles south of Charlotte's I-485. "York County has seen some great new developments within the last year and expect more growth and development within the coming year," said Sonja Burris, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Visit York County. Burris noted that the demand for more hotels is up. Five hotels opened in the county last year, according to Burris: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Mill, Courtyard Charlotte Fort Mill, Fairfield Inn & Suites Rock Hill, Home2 Suites Rock Hill and Extended Stay America; one opened earlier this year, a TownePlace Suites in Fort Mill; and the La Quinta Inn & Suites Rock Hill and Staybridge Suites Rock Hill should open in December. At least a half-dozen more hotels are scheduled to open next year, according to Burris. Also coming next year, in spring, is the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, a new facility to be operated and maintained by the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. The new 170,000-square-foot indoor sports and event venue in Rock Hill's Knowledge Corridor will of- fer 8,000 square feet of multipurpose event/func- tion space. Its indoor athletic center will feature a 12,500-square-foot Championship Court with 1,200 stadium seats and a 72,000-square-foot Main Court that can accommodate 10 basket- ball courts or 17 volleyball courts and will have seating for 700. Fort Mill may be best known as the home of the ever-popular Carowinds amusement park. It also has a major commercial/residential develop- ment in its mixed-use Kingsley project. Kingsley Village offers a mixture of corporate headquar- ters, small shops and casual restaurants situated at the site of a former textile mill. York County Venues • Winthrop University (Rock Hill): 13,000 square feet of exhibit space, 10 meeting rooms in Winthrop Coliseum; 600-seat McBryde Hall; 125-seat Tuttle Dining Room in McBryde Hall; 266-seat Irving and Jean Kirby Plowden Auditorium and 100-capacity conference room in the Withers/W.T.S. Building; six other meeting rooms on campus; 3,480-seat Byrnes Auditorium; 600-seat Tillman Auditorium; three smaller auditoriums; The Inn at Winthrop with 12 suites; and buildings on National Register of Historic Places • Hood Center at York Technical College (Rock Hill): 40,000 square feet of meeting space; 16 meeting rooms • Tega Cay Golf & Conference Center (Tega Cay): 10,000 square feet of meeting space in the Glennon Community and Conference Center; 15,000 square-foot Tega Cay Club- house, adjacent; 27-hole golf course; tennis; croquet; 200-acre site at Lake Wylie • McGirt Auditorium (Rock Hill): 1,100-seat auditorium ► S O U T H C A R O L I N A The VisitGreenvilleSC staff members know their city's assets and how they can help meeting planners put together excep- tional off-site experiences and team-building opportunities. "Similar to its wide array of unique hotel and meeting facili- ties, Greenville, South Carolina, also offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind team-building and off-site functions," said David Montgomery, vice president of sales for VisitGreenvilleSC. "From the outdoor enthusiasts looking to build an event with a stunning natural backdrop to foodies looking for a taste of an exploding culinary scene to adrenaline junkies itching to get behind the wheel at BMW's Performance Center, Greenville has the amenities to craft unfor- gettable experiences that cater to the needs of any group." One of – if not the – most unique attraction in Greenville is the BMW Zentrum Museum, the only BMW museum in North America. But it's the BMW Performance Center on the BMW campus that offers the most thrilling team-building opportunities. "The BMW Performance Center is a great place to host your next corporate event, board retreat, sales incentive, product launch or just create a fun day with friends," said Douglas McGrath, Corporate Sales, BMW of North America. "The Performance Center programs can be custom designed for team-building, rewarding your staff or incentivizing your clients. You'll create memories that will last a lifetime, all while driving BMWs on a closed track and interacting with our BMW-certified driving instructors. You'll be challenged to push your limits behind the wheel of an Ulti- mate Driving Machine in a variety of driving exercises that will leave you pumped with adrenaline and awesome memories of your time on the track. And who knows, maybe even bragging rights to your friends for years to come." If all that weren't enticing enough, meeting planners should know that the 64,000-square- foot BMW facility has several conference rooms, outdoor seating, the M Café and more. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : VisitGreenvilleSC The BMW Performance Center Contact:

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