MAR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise SPECI AL ADVER T I SI NG & I NF O RMAT I O N SECT I O N Contact Norfolk, Virginia: Big-City Amenities Without Breaking The Bank Looking for an exciting destination where dollars will go further for upcoming meetings and events? Norfolk, a riverside destination in coastal Virginia where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic, is just that. Norfolk is located within driving distance of most East Coast cities and easily accessible by flights into Norfolk International Airport (ORF). Collectively, hotels in Norfolk provide more than 5,000 rooms for visitors and many, such as the Norfolk Waterside Marriott and the Sher- aton Norfolk Waterside, are located on or near the downtown waterfront. The city offers nearly 500,000 total square feet of meeting space, complete with the latest in modern audio/visual equipment. A majority of meeting venues lie within walking distance of many of Norfolk's most popular attractions. The Tide light rail system also makes it easy to get around downtown. For unique events, planners can also take advantage of Norfolk's 144 miles of shimmering coastline and bustling waterfront with tailored river cruises and sailing excursions. Norfolk is home to more than 80 chef- owned restaurants, many of which showcase Virginia wine and Virginia-grown produce and meat. Norfolk's culinary tours will help you discover all the available options. Most are within walking distance from hotels and attractions and have private facilities that can accommodate groups. Known for its unrivaled entertainment options, the cosmopolitan destination also of- fers planners and attendees a bevy of options for pre- and post-conference activities, as well as teambuilding tours. The Battleship Wiscon- sin, built in 1944 and one of the largest battle- ships in the world, is now operated by the city rather than the U.S. Navy and, as a result, Donna Allen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, VisitNorfolk Allen has been with VisitNorfolk for nearly nine years & has 20 years of experience in the industry. (757) 664-6620 or (800) 368-3097 opens its interior decks for visitors. Don't forget to stop by the nationally renowned Chrysler Museum of Art and new Glass Studio for a taste of world-class art! The museum is an ideal spot for off-site functions and meeting space. ■ www.con v MARCH 2012 ConventionSouth 31 DESTINATION SHOWCASE

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