JUN 2018

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J U N E 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 13 major projects currently underway on our cam- pus, we are setting ourselves and, more impor- tantly, our clients and guests up for a magnificent experience for years to come," said Damon Bell, senior director of convention sales. "Our 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park is undergoing a face lift that will feature new outdoor experiences with enhanced artwork, a refreshed amphithe- ater and more, and within the nearly 4 million- square-foot Congress Center, we are currently completing a flooring project including both new carpet and terrazzo in our spaces. Additionally, we will break ground in June of this year on a new exhibit space that will increase the trade- show experience by connecting over 1 million square feet of exhibit hall space. Finally, we will soon announce the brand selected to represent our campus with a new 1,010-room convention hotel. These changes will all lead to achieving our goal of being the #1 Convention, Sports, and Entertainment destination in the world. Be sure to stayed tuned; we can't wait to show you what's next for 2025."With projects currently underway and some completed, the GWCCA campus is continuously being updated with new offer- ings such as the Social Table, an extraordinary restaurant concept with locally sourced food and beverage options. "We really wanted to redesign the restaurant experience," Bell said. "We want conference attendees to feel like they are sitting down and having a break at their neighborhood restaurant." The restaurant features a full-service bar, a huge lounge with flat screen TVs, grab-n-go stations and USB ports to charge devices while in the restaurant. And that's just one gastro-sen- sory experience that is now a part of GWCCA's Atlanta campus with more to come. ART SPARKS CREATIVITY AT&T Hotel and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin "Our conference center offers a variety of meeting rooms with ideal set-ups for engaging attendees." said Alison Berg, director of sales and marketing. "Tiered classrooms are a unique setting for presentations and discussion, and the tiers allow attendees to collaborate effectively. "All our meeting rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi to help attendees stay connected. In addition to natural lighting, our new expansion features an incredible 4,000-square-foot mu- ral by artist José Parlá that draws you into our 15,000-square-foot Zlotnik Family Ballroom. The mural is a grand piece of art that sparks conversa- tion and creativity." From the moment attendees walk into the center, they are met with ways to get their networking and creative juices flowing. "Many of our conferences begin with a welcome reception before the keynotes and educational sessions start," Berg said. "These social events allow attendees to mingle and get to know each other. We've also hosted chili cook-offs and chef showdowns for groups, which challenge their culinary talents and allow attendees to interact with our chefs. We especially enjoy hosting inter- active opportunities to connect with our commu- nity. For example, one of our conference groups builds bikes and presents them to kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA during their event." When the work day is over, the conference center has lots of fun options for emphasizing the attendee experience. "A reception – especially in our courtyard or in our restaurant, The Carillon – is a fun activity after a long day of sessions," Berg said. "Our chefs' creativity in the food and drink options provides guests the opportunity to relax and unwind in style. Additionally, we part- ner with third-party companies to take attendees on unique Austin experiences or bring them on property. These range from bringing a longhorn to the property for photos or taking a bus to local music venues." ► CONFERENCE CENTERS Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.

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