NOV 2018

ConventionSouth magazine is the leading resource for meeting planners who book all types of events, conventions, conferences and group travel in the south.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 59 of 67

⎜ 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 60 S O U T H C A R O L I N A • The McCelvey Center (York): historic 560- seat theater • The Palmetto Room at Historic Old Town (Rock Hill): can accommodate 300 seated, up to 450 theater-style Columbia South Carolina's capital city is conveniently located in the center of the state where the I-77, I-20 and I-26 intersect. Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers more than 35 non-stop flights to nine major airports. Major news for Columbia includes the com- pletion in May of the upgrades to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The center's floating glass conference room has nearly quadru- pled in size and can be divided into two spaces, while a second room has been added, resulting in up to four new small meeting rooms, all equipped with built-in A/V. Also, the Spires Board Room was remodeled and the technology upgraded. Two 80-inch flat screen monitors, a touchscreen smartboard, state-of-the art A/V conferencing capabilities and a custom-designed 20-seat con- ference table are now available. The impressive Hotel Trundle also opened spring of this year, Columbia's first downtown, all-local boutique hotel property. The upscale property has 41 rooms, all unique. The property is spread among three historic downtown buildings and much of its décor, furniture and food offer- ings are from local purveyors. Plans for Hotel Trundle call for a number of special experiential packages to be developed, offering cooking classes, a culinary tour, brewery tour, a Columbia Museum of Art outing and more. A new event venue is set to open January 2019. Central Energy will offer 6,200 square feet of event space, a kitchen, exclusive catering service and a state-of-the-art sound system. As for downtime and team-building opportu- nities, Columbia offers great outdoor recreation, including Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Congaree National Park, kayaking on the Congaree River and more. Another Columbia asset is the flagship campus of the University of South Carolina, which offers big-time college sports and additional meeting and event possibilities. USC offers many auditoriums on its campus, able to accom- modate from 75 to 400 people at a time; more than 200 classrooms usable as breakout spaces; a wide variety of conference and board rooms; luxury meeting rooms and rooftop reception areas at the Darla Moore School of Business and larger venues, as listed in the venues to follow. Columbia Venues • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center: 142,500-square-foot facility; more than 56,000 square feet of meeting space; 16,700-square-foot ballroom; 19 meeting rooms • Columbia Marriott Hotel: 26,000 square feet of meeting space; 16 meeting rooms; 285 guest rooms • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center: 21,000 square feet of meeting space; 12 meeting rooms; largest ballroom in Co- lumbia; 150 guest rooms • University of South Carolina: Russell House Student Union, 600-seat ballroom; 300-seat ballroom; multiple meeting rooms; Carolina Coliseum, 30,000-square-foot-concourse; Colonial Life Arena, 17,000-square-foot floor space; Williams-Brice Stadium, 11,000-square-foot banquet space; Koger Center for the Arts, 2,254 seats; Drayton Hall Theatre, 404 seats; Longstreet Theatre, 312 seats • Inn at USC Wyndham Garden Columbia: 3,000 square feet of meeting space; 116 guest rooms • Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia Grey- stone: 15,000 square feet of meeting space; 16 meeting rooms; 218 guest suites; adjacent to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Florence Florence is on a roll. The modestly-sized city in northeast South Carolina has a surprisingly large civic center, offering 75,000 square feet of variable meeting space that's fresh off a $16 million expansion and makeover and more than 300 hotel rooms scheduled to open before the end of the year. Additionally, Museum of the Moon, a remarkable work of art featuring a huge 23-foot diameter inflated and lit moon with detailed NASA imagery on its surface is coming to Florence from late April through early May 2019. Visit for more information. As for the civic center, newly branded as Florence Center, the expansion added 37,000 square feet of meeting/event and pre-function space, as well as a 5,000-square-foot state-of- the-art catering kitchen. The SMG-managed facility has a grand ballroom, junior ballroom, nine meeting rooms and a 10,000-seat arena, with more than 1,700 adjacent hotel rooms – all in Florence's hospitality district at the intersection of I-95 and I-20. Hotel rooms are coming along with the city's Villa Tronco Restaurant in Columbia

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of ConventionSouth - NOV 2018