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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 49 N O R T H C A R O L I N A NASCAR Hall of Fame and Camp North End provide options that reflect both the city's roots and its future as a tech and culinary hub. Even more, an abundance of hotel options, many in Center City, make accessibility from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to meeting spaces to a night out on the town a breeze." The biggest project is the recently begun $110 million expansion of the Charlotte Convention Center (CCC), scheduled for December 2020 completion. CCC will remain open to host meet- ings in the unaffected spaces. The project calls for increased breakout space and the construction of a pedestrian bridge linking a new wing of the CCC with The Westin Charlotte's 700 rooms. In total, the expansion will increase the capacity of the existing meeting level by 50,000 square feet, adding 26,000 square feet of breakout space composed of 15 meeting rooms and 24,000 square feet of pre-function space. It will also allow for a reconfiguration of the Richardson Ballroom into four meeting rooms of 7,700 square feet each. Charlotte is also undergoing dramatic growth in hotel rooms. More than 7,700 new hotel rooms are on the books for the Charlotte region through 2022, including more than 1,500 in Center City. This year alone, nearly 1,900 are slated to open in 16 mostly smaller properties, mostly outside of downtown. The largest will be a 300-room dual property AC Hotel/Residence Inn. The 400-room Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/ Concord northeast of Charlotte is an indoor water park resort that also provides 17,350 square feet of professional function space. Charlotte Venues • Charlotte Convention Center: 280,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space; 90,000 square feet of meeting space; 40,000-square- foot ballroom • Park Expo & Conference Center: 339,000-square-foot facility; 224,000 square feet of exhibit space; 15,000 square feet of meeting space; 600-person capacity multipur- pose conference center • Sheraton Charlotte Hotel: 65,000 square feet of meeting space; 305 guest rooms • The Westin Charlotte: 44,000 square feet of meeting space; 700 guest rooms • Hilton Charlotte Center City: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 400 guest rooms • NASCAR Hall of Fame: 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; 32,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space; 278-seat theater • The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 208 hotel guest rooms; 35 lodge rooms • Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel: 28,300 square feet of meeting space; 275 guest suites • The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte: more than 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; 7,000-square-foot ballroom • Cabarrus Arena & Events Center (Con- cord): 155,000-square-foot facility; 71,000 square feet of exhibition and event space in Events Center • Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa: 50,000 square feet of meeting space; 308 guest rooms ► DISCOVER NEW PLACES TO MEET AFTER YOUR MEETING V i s i t N e w B e r n . c o m We've spent over 300 years preparing for your meeting

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