FEB 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 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 18 CONVENTION CENTERS A mere 400 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, "the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach has it all," said Sales Manager Lori Hunter. "With sweeping architecture, dramatic pre-event areas and cap- tivating art galleries, the Ocean Center goes far beyond the average venue to offer an engaging experience that is both local and unique. The modern architecture and design along with décor that was inspired by the beach and marine life, make the Ocean Center an exceptional venue. The concourses and pre-function areas offer a full spectrum of color, natural light, sleek metallic accents and stately doors crafted of exquisite maple." And the architecture is not the only element of the center to embrace the coastal locale. Artwork inspired by the center's sea-side surroundings plays a huge role in the facility's appeal. "The works of nine artists from across the nation adorn the walls of the Ocean Center and incorporate sun, surf, sand and speed," said Hunter. "The artwork includes oil paintings, wood and bronze sculptures, clay vessels, an aluminum wall sculpture, and nine hanging glass and aluminum sculptures. A unique gallery of environmental-, cultural-, heritage- and out- door-themed art by Florida artists is displayed throughout the building. The Ocean Center also hosts touring art exhibits." In a city known for its upscale hospitality, restaurant and entertainment options, the Ocean Center is close to beach-inspired fun and offers one-stop-shopping for planners. "The Center is known for knowledgeable staff with many years of hospitality experience and one-on-one event planning with our accomplished event services staff," Hunter said. "Our outstanding catering staff delivers delectable menus, themed events and eye-appealing presentations." One event that demonstrates the Ocean Center's allure is the Shriners' Imperial Session. "It was here last year and will be here again July 13 – 19, 2018," Hunter said. "The Ocean Center is the only destination in over 70 years, since 1947, that has hosted the Shriners Imperial Session back-to-back." Christine Harrison, director of conventions for Shriners International, said, "The Ocean Center is a beautiful facility, large enough to host several functions at the same time but small enough to make maneuvering and finding meeting rooms easy. It's clean and up-to-date, and the food was great. As a planner for a large convention, I heard a lot of compliments about the food and service. The staff were friendly and helpful throughout our meeting." n Beach-Inspired Art & Architecture The Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida Everyone knows Atlanta, the hub of the South. But you may not know that Atlan- ta's Airport District is home to one of the most enticing convention centers in the city. "The ATL Airport District is home to Georgia's second-largest convention center, the GICC (Georgia International Convention Center), one of the most con- venient and connected convention centers in the country," said Cookie Smoak, pres- ident of the ATL Airport District. "The GICC is connected to the world's busiest airport via the ATL SkyTrain, a free 24/7 light-rail train that allows meeting attendees to fly in and be at their meeting or convention within minutes. So the con- vention center is not only convenient for attendees but it's also a meeting planner's dream!" n A Meeting Planner's Dream The GICC In Atlanta's Airport District

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