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 48 • Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center: 48,000 square feet of meeting space; 13 meeting rooms; 436 guest rooms • Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center: 35,000 square feet of meeting space; 25 meeting rooms; 315 guest rooms; recently renovated • Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center (University of Maryland): More than 300,000 square feet of meeting and event space in three facilities; 9,000-square-foot ballroom • BlackRock Center for the Arts: 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space in total; two galleries, two theaters, a rooftop studio with outdoor patio and two-story lobby with floor-to- ceiling windows • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center: 400- seat Art Deco historic theater; 200-seat theater with 40-foot stage; 75-seat theater; small media and conference room Prince George's County Prince George's County lies just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and is home to the University of Maryland (UMD), The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD, National Harbor, MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, Six Flags America, and more than a dozen theaters and museums, and a wealth of his- torical structures and sites. For meeting planners, the center of attention is National Harbor, with its large, state-of-the- art meeting facilities and waterside entertain- ment site that includes major attractions such as the iconic Capital Wheel and The Carousel at National Harbor. "National Harbor is a premier, 300-acre wa- terfront destination unlike any in the country, providing an outstanding resort, dining, shop- ping and entertainment experience for meeting attendees," said Brian Waters, executive director of Visit National Harbor. "Most recently, we've added exceptional new meeting and event ven- ues, from the unveiling of a one-of-its-kind, large translucent geodesic dome to the opening of MGM National Harbor to the addition of the region's only infinity ballroom overlooking the Potomac with stunning 270-degree, pillar-free views at Gaylord National Resort." Prince George's County bills itself as Sports Capital USA. It's home to several professional, collegiate and amateur sports teams and competi- tions, and sports facilities, including FedExField, Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, XFIN- ITY Center at UMD, Shipley Field at Bob "Tur- tle" Smith Stadium at UMD, Ritchie Coliseum, Bowie State University's (BSU) A.C. Jordan Arena, BSU Bulldogs Stadium, Prince George's Stadium, Prince George's Equestrian Center and The Gardens Ice House. Prince George's County Meeting Spaces • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Cen- ter: 547,000 square feet of meeting and event space in total; 150,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; 90 conference and breakout rooms; 180,000 square feet of exhibition space; 75,000 square feet of outdoor event space; 1,996 guest rooms • MGM National Harbor: 50,000 square feet of total function space; 27,000 square feet of meet- ing space; 10 meeting rooms; 300 guest rooms; 3,000-seat performing arts theater; casino • Show Place Arena: 49,500 square feet of meet- ing and exhibition space; three banquet rooms; agricultural facility • College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center: 32,000 square feet of meeting space; 29 meeting rooms; 111 guest rooms M A R Y L A N D Taking advantage of its waterfront location, Ocean City's Roland E. Powell Convention Center offers 214,000 square feet of meeting space, allowing planners to organize meet- ings with a view and include lots of options for outdoor fun. In the center, facilities include the 19,000-square-foot Bayfront Ballroom, with a beautiful Bayfront promenade, several large exhibit halls and 21 meeting rooms. There's also a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art performing arts center and onsite catering provided by the venue's award-winning chef. Nearby, there's 10 miles of beach to explore and the city's famous three-mile boardwalk to stroll. More than 200 restau- rants and 17 championship golf courses are right around the corner. Adding to the appeal of a beachside city is a dedicated CVB staff. All these elements have helped the city draw events such as the Maryland State Firemen's Association Convention, Cheer and Dance Extreme and the Seaside Boat Show, the number one indoor boat show on the Eastern Shore, to the Roland Powell Center this year. But, Ocean City is also planning for the future. "We are about to begin another phase of expansion, which will add another 30,000 square feet of exhibit hall space," said Con- vention Center Director Larry Noccolino. He added that the Ocean City CVB can arrange a site visit for interested meeting and event planners, help with room blocks, assist with promotional materials and offer other helpful services. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Ocean City CVB/Roland E. Powell Convention Center Contact:

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