APR 2012

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Home GREEN MEETINGS Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Asheville, North Carolina "Reducing the environmental impact of guests on the beautiful mountains of West- ern North Carolina is a fundamental objec- tive of the entire Asheville hospitality community," said Carli Adams, convention service manager for the Asheville CVB. The Asheville area also offers outdoor recre- ation, farm-to-table dining, "voluntourism" such as the Asheville Offset, green meeting resources online, electric car charging sites, and LaZoom Comedy Tours with bio- diesel-fueled shuttle service. Asheville has approximately 17 independent restaurants achieving certifications through the National Green Restaurant Association. Green Venues: ■ Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park: The area's only LEED-certified hotel, the venue offers 165 guest rooms and 4,500 square feet of meeting space, electric car parking and a green concierge. ■ The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa: This historic hotel with 512 hotel rooms and more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space has an environmental stewardship program used to conserve energy and water, and the brand new (LEED-certified) Nantahala Outdoor Center at the Grove Park Inn for groups to schedule outdoor recreation activities. ■ The Biltmore, America's Largest Home: The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers off-site meeting venues along with 213 rooms and 5,700 square off meeting space. It features responsible farming and landscaping, field- to-table cuisine programs and a field of solar panels that will generate a quarter of the estate's power. Teambuilding:Voluntourism, whitewater rafting and ziplining with Navitat Canopy Adventures. ■ The Biltmore, America's Largest Home 22 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 www.con v

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