JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 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 N O R T H C A R O L I N A streak over the last five years," said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel and tourism for Goldsboro & Wayne County. "The wave of economic development in our area is also tell- ing of our strengthening travel industry." The addition this March of a high-end, 66,000-square-foot conference center – The Maxwell Center – boosted Wayne County's meetings profile significantly. The facility of- fers a 14,500-square-foot ballroom. Goldsboro now has more than a half-dozen hotels. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 50.) Fayetteville Fayetteville, about 55 miles south of Raleigh, offers interesting military museums and memo- rials, including the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, a seven-acre site with 5,600 square feet of exhibit space, which just completed renovating and updating all its galleries. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum, located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville, boasts free admission to its exhibits on U.S. Army history in a main exhibit gallery, a four- story theater, a video theater and a 24-seat motion simulator ride. Between October 2017 and October 2018, nearly 600 new hotel rooms will come on line, boosting the city's total inventory of midscale and upscale guest rooms to about 6,000, according to Myron Jones, Fayetteville Area CVB director of sales. The new units are in properties such as Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Homewood Suites and SpringHill Suites. Meanwhile, the new McCormick Farms offers 8,300 square feet of elegant indoor event space in The Barn and outdoor space in The Grove. Three more new hotels are projected for 2019, as well as two new sports facilities, The TJ Robinson Life Center and a Minor League baseball stadium, which will house a Houston Astros farm team. Jones also pointed out that the CVB has created more than a dozen themed trails to help event attendees focus on Cumberland County. Fayetteville Venues • Crown Complex: Five-venue complex; 105,000 square feet of meeting space; 60,000-square-foot expo hall; 9,200-square- foot ballroom; 10,800-seat coliseum; 5,000- seat arena; 2,400-seat theater • Ramada Plaza Fayetteville / Bordeaux Convention Center: 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space; 10,000-square-foot ballroom; 185 guest rooms • Iron Mike Conference Center: 13 meeting rooms ranging from 900 to 14,000 square feet; located on Fort Bragg • DoubleTree by Hilton: 12,000 square feet of event space; 148 guest rooms Charlotte North Carolina's "Queen City" is the state's larg- est city. Nestled near South Carolina, Charlotte boasts the sort of offerings you'd expect in a large city: museums, performing arts venues, theaters, and plenty of restaurants and entertainment op- tions, including the unique U.S. National White- water Center and the Carowinds amusement park. "Charlotte is a destination on the rise and meet- ing planners will find diversity in meeting loca- tion options but also things to do while visiting the Queen City," said Laura Hill White, director of communications for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). "As the Charlotte Convention Center approaches the start of a $110 million expansion project, unique venues like the Shannon Erdley, tourism and sales director for New Bern-Craven County Conven- tion & Visitor Center, captures one of the essential appeals of holding a convention at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. "Imagine hosting or attending a con- vention or meeting and parking your car for the duration of the event," Erdley said. "That's what happens at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Located in the heart of downtown on the Trent River, the convention center offers easy access to hotels, dining, shopping and attractions, all within easy walking distance. Park your car, slip on your walking shoes and explore the charm of downtown New Bern." Among the New Bern facility's features are a waterfront veranda and more than 400 hotel rooms within walking distance. The staff can provide a welcome table, welcome packages and greeters, as well as assistance in planning activities such as attraction tours, sailing, golf, fishing, picnics, off-site receptions and more. n Craven County Convention & Visitors Center B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : New Bern Contact: Foodies who visit New Bern are in luck. According to the New Bern CVB, the city offers an eclectic variety of food choices and dining experiences – from Southern delights, to Indian cuisine and everything in-between. Persimmons, a locally-owned waterfront restaurant located on the shores of the Neuse River, features three distinct dining venues: a downstairs great room, a private upstairs dining room, and a picturesque outdoor waterfront dining area. Focusing on modern cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients by an award- winning chef, the restaurant hosts a variety of special events. Foodie Fun! New Bern Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant VisitNC Craven County Convention & Visitors Center

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