ConventionSouth

MAY 2018

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M A Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 71 rooms; three concierge levels; 405 guest rooms; major renovations scheduled for end- of-year completion • The Exchange at Hilton Norfolk The Main: 50,000 square feet of meeting space; 39 meeting rooms; 300 guest rooms; IACC-approved conference center • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel: 36,000 square feet of event space; 13,600-square-foot Merrimac Ballroom overlooking the harbor through floor-to- ceiling windows; 445 guest rooms; entire property recently renovated Newport News Newport News sits just across the mouth of the James River from Norfolk and like that city has a prominent military and maritime history and culture. The focal point of downtown Newport News is the multifaceted mixed-use develop- ment known as City Center at Oyster Point. City Center is loaded with live entertainment venues, restaurants, shops, residential units and the 250-room Newport News Marriott at City Center, the city's primary meeting facility, which offers 21,000 square feet of meeting space in five meeting rooms. The biggest meeting planner-oriented news is the new 183-room Holiday Inn Newport News at City Center. The transformed property offers 11,000 square feet of meeting space, a 5,800-square-foot ballroom, 10 renovated meet- ing rooms and a state-of-the-art auditorium. "In Newport News, you don't have to look far to find the vitality of a big city coupled with the hospitality and charm of a small town," said Cindy Brouillard, director of New- port News Tourism. "The city is home to the largest employer in Virginia – Newport News Shipbuilding – and the U.S. Army's largest transportation unit. It is also the headquarters for more than 20 international firms and two national laboratories. So it should come as no surprise that Newport News has meetings down to a science." Hampton Hampton is situated in the center of the Coastal Virginia metropolitan area and serves meet- ing planners well with the Hampton Roads Convention Center, its onsite Embassy Suites headquarters hotel and the 84,000-square-foot Hampton Coliseum all on the same campus. Hampton will welcome three new properties this year. The 110-room Hampton Hyatt Place, to be located across from the convention center campus, is scheduled for a late-August open- ing. An Element Hotel and an extended-stay property are both planned for Peninsula Town Center. Meanwhile, downtown Hampton is getting new eateries and breweries. The latter includes the additions of Capstan Bar Brewing Company, Sly Clyde Ciderworks, and the Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery to Hampton's three existing breweries. "These additions are complemented by new locally owned restaurants, including El Diablo Loco in Phoebus, Brown Chicken Brown Cow downtown and Bowman's Soul N the Wall in Coliseum Central," said Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Executive Director Mary ► V I R G I N I A Newport News City Center City Map Location Page A B C D E F G H I J Alexandria................................................ H2 Arlington H .............................................. H2 Charlottesville ..........................................G3 Chesapeake ..............................................I5 Fairfax County H ..................................... H2 Fredericksburg......................................... H2 Hampton H ................................................I4 Leesburg/Loudon County ........................ H1 Martinsville............................................... F5 Newport News ...........................................I4 Norfolk H ...................................................I4 Richmond ................................................ H4 Roanoke/Virginia's Blue Ridge H ........... E4 Stafford H ................................................ H2 Virginia Beach ..........................................J4 Williamsburg ..............................................I4 1 2 3 4 5 H H H H H H

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