MAR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A R C H 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 28 Annual CVB Issue! Sponsored Content onnected to everything attendees want to do and convenient to everything meeting planners could need, the ATL Airport District is the ideal location for tradeshows, conventions and corporate events, as well as a fantastic place to stay and play just minutes away from downtown Atlanta's world- class attractions and amenities. The District, located 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, is home to the world's most efficient airport and the country's only convention center directly connected to a major airport. It also offers more than 8,000 hotel rooms from inter- nationally recognized brands providing free air- port shuttle service as well. What makes the District a destination in itself is its distinct blend of Southern hospitality and world-class service that ensures every event is exceptional. This up-and-coming area offers planners and attendees a chance to experience the kind of energy that can only be found where forces of industry, technology, creativity and history meet. And it all starts at the airport; with service to more than 150 cities across the U.S. and non-stop service to more than 60 international destinations in 50 countries. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport easily earns its title of the world's busiest airport. Moreover, it's also known for its efficiency as well, with features like an elevated train that carries passengers from the terminal to the convention center in just three minutes, 24/7, free of charge. An underground, automated people mover whisks passengers between terminals in mere seconds. And in the event that there's ever a delay, the free Wi-Fi and hundreds of food, beverage, retail and service outlets will keep travelers entertained. The airport also features a Greyhound station and a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail station, which operates stations in College Park, East Point and throughout the Atlanta area. Georgia's second largest convention center, the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) spans an impressive 400,000 total square feet, all on one level. Its innovative flat roof design ensures nearly complete silence inside despite being located only a half-mile from the airport. Inside, there is 150,000 square feet of nearly column-free exhibit space; 90,000 square feet of pre-function space; 16,000 square feet of meeting space and a 40,000-square foot ballroom -- metro Atlanta's largest. Speaking of metro Atlanta, the District is minutes from a variety of exciting attractions found in downtown Atlanta. Guests can explore celebrated museums, attend live music perfor- mances or sample award-winning restaurants. Atlanta is also home to championship sports teams, such as the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves, as well as popular tourist destinations, including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN World Headquarters and Centennial Olympic Park. Or, if arts are your thing, treat yourself to an after- noon at Atlanta's renowned High Museum of Art, featuring more than 15,000 works of art. It quickly becomes apparent to anyone traveling to or through here that the ATL Airport District has cultivated a world-class, work-focused environment balanced with unique shops, local breweries and restaurants, outstanding recreational facilities and a thri- ving local culture that is unmistakably its very own. n C ATL Airport District: At The Center Of It All Meg Oxford, Director of Sales Meg has two decades of sales and business development experience in event marketing and management. She is excited about the opportunity to attract corporations and associations to the District. (404) 334-7503 ATL Airport District An outside view of the Georgia International Convention Center at dusk Plannermonial: "The ATL Airport District DMO created a great partnership with USA Weightlifting on the realization of the 2017 National Youth Championships in June. The whole USAW staff felt welcomed and the service provided by the ATL Airport District was top notch. It was a very successful event with more than 800 kids competing and great attendance, the biggest event of its kind in history. We hope to do business with AAD in the future!" —Pedro Meloni, Events Senior Manager USA Weightlifting "

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