ConventionSouth

MAR 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources SPECI AL ADVER T I SI NG & I NF O RMAT I O N SECT I O N Meeting Site Showcase Out Of This World Service & Value — Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama is growing to exceed your expectations. We've got space for YOUR next conference or trade show. The Von Braun Center with its 100,000-square-foot South Hall is truly one of the finest convention/multi-purpose cen- ters in the country. The center features more than 170,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space. It can accommodate groups of up to 9,000 in the newly renovated Propst Arena complete with a gorgeous new lobby and pre-function area. The Mark C. Smith Con- cert Hall can seat nearly 2,000. The 23,000- square-foot North Hall is ideal for banquets, receptions or meetings. New hotels, hotel renovations and other devel- opments now offer planners far more options. The SpringHill Suites has joined the Embassy Suites Hotel and Holiday Inn Downtown to boost the number of sleeping rooms adjacent to the Von Braun Center to over 700. The total number of sleeping rooms available citywide is approaching 7,000 with several new properties either announced or already under construction. These new properties, in addition to the first Westin in the state join tried and true properties like the Marriott Huntsville, Holiday Inn Re- search Park and the Four Points Sheraton, which have recently undergone extensive renovations. These hotel properties and dozens of others are eager to host your next event in the Rocket City. Several attractions have ample space to host U.S. Space & Rocket Center after-hours events. Madison County is home to three of the top five attractions in the state: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. All are well suited to host group activi- ties. You can even hold a function under the mighty Saturn V moon rocket! The Jackson Center, EarlyWorks Museum Complex and the newly expanded Huntsville Museum of Art are also great facilities to host a wide variety of events. The options continue to grow with the groundbreaking of the Baron Bluff Building at Burritt on the Mountain. This impressive facility, which will have a panoramic view of the Ten- nessee Valley, is scheduled to open in fall 2012. Once the meetings are over, relax and refresh in one of our upscale spas or take a stroll or drive by homes in one of the numerous historic districts. Shopping is first-rate with many unique offerings sure to please even the most discrimi- nating tastes. Bridge Street Town Centre is a popular entertainment and shopping complex on the city's west side. At night, the community showcases a host of talented musicians and per- formers at venues throughout the city. Be sure to enjoy the delectable culinary offerings of some of the finest chefs in the country, many featuring farm to fork delicacies only available here. It's easy to get to Huntsville! Non-stop air service into the city on multiple carriers is now available from a dozen airports across the nation including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Detroit, Denver, Charlotte, Orlando, Chicago and Houston. We're a quick drive from the majority of the south via Interstate 65. Our central location in the southeast can mean lower fuel costs and shorter travel times. The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau is here for you. We offer an array of complimentary services that will make your job easier as well as save your organiza- tion money. From the initial planning of your meeting to providing complimentary items including name badges, brochures, maps and welcome bags or envelopes, we're here for you. Based on the size of your conference, we will even supply on-site registration assis- tance free of charge. Plan your next conference in the Rocket City and experience our award winning service for yourself. Give us a call at (800) 843-0468 or send an e-mail to info@huntsville.org and we'll take it from there. We want to host your next convention or meeting in Huntsville. We have what you need for a successful event. We've Got Space! ■ Yvonne Boyington, Vice President of Conventions, Huntsville CVB Yvonne leads a team of 6 dedicated profession- als. Prior to joining the CVB, she held several positions in the hospi- tality industry including hotel director of sales & general manager. Von Braun Center 50 ConventionSouth MARCH 2012 (256) 551-2230 or (800) 843-0468 yvonne@huntsville.org www.huntsville.org www.con v entionsouth.com DESTINATION SHOWCASE

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