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 52 N O R T H C A R O L I N A Raleigh's hotel inventory continues to grow. The 90-room StateView Hotel, a Marriott Auto- graph Collection property, opened last autumn on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus adjacent to Lake Raleigh. The prop- erty has 8,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor lawn and terrace, and a restaurant. Also opened last year, the 175-room Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown features a rooftop bar. The recently renovated Raleigh Marriott Crab- tree Valley features more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space with 21 meeting rooms, three unique outdoor venues and 379 guest rooms. Currently being renovated is Raleigh's large PNC Arena, a 19,500-seat venue that hosts everything from major sports competitions and concert tours to large social and business events. PNC's renovations should be completed by fall and will include a change to natural lighting, 3-D projection onto the arena floor and new seats in the upper bowl. A new hotel, the seven-story, 126-room boutique Origin Hotel, to be located close to the Warehouse District, is slated to open in mid- 2019. It will include modestly sized meeting space and a wine and tapas restaurant. Raleigh Venues • Raleigh Convention Center: 150,000 square feet of contiguous Exhibit Hall space; 32,617-square-foot ballroom with adjacent 11,500-square-foot reception area; 32,600 square feet of meeting room space in 20 rooms • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts: 230-seat Memorial Auditorium, 80,000 square feet of stage, house, rehearsal hall, lobbies and public areas; Meymandi Concert Hall, 1,700-seat venue; Fletcher Opera Theater, 600-seat theater; 170-seat Kennedy Theatre; 3,200-square-foot Carolina Room; McCain Art Gallery • McKimmon Conference and Training Center: 35,000 square feet of event space; largest space is 11,800 square feet; 21 meet- ing rooms • Raleigh PNC Arena: 19,500-seat arena; three concourses, 59 suites, 13 loge boxes, 1,660 Club Seats and a 9,100-square-foot restaurant • Hilton/North Raleigh Midtown: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 338 guest rooms • Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel: 15,119 square feet of meeting space; 390 guest rooms Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, home of the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina offers the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Morehead Plane- tarium & Science Center, and the Ackland Art Museum. A number of new and renovated projects in Chapel Hill include the 110-room Hyatt Place Chapel Hill / Southern Village, which opened last spring and offers modest meeting space. In December, the 123-room AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown opened. The Carolina Basketball Museum re-opened in October 2017. "This is easily the largest renovation since the muse- um opened in January of 2008," said Steve Kirschner, who heads UNC's athletic communi- cations department. In February, Chapel Hill also debuted a new 7,000-square-foot art venue in the heart of the city. CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio in down- town's Carolina Square includes The Studio, a multipurpose event and performance space, and The ArtSpace, where visitors can enjoy immer- sive art experiences. Chapel Hill Venues • Rizzo Center: 27,500 square feet of meeting space in two buildings; 55 meeting rooms; 43 breakout rooms; three tiered classrooms; 183-room boutique hotel • The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education: 25,000 square feet Greensboro's meeting infrastructure continues to grow, according to the Greensboro Area CVB team, and they are ready to help plan- ners put together the best possible meeting or special event. "Currently home to 87 hotels, Greensboro will acquire seven new hotels by the year 2020," said Amy Scott, marketing director for the Greensboro Area CVB. "A Westin, Hyatt Place Downtown Greensboro and Aloft, a boutique hotel, all located in the downtown area, are on the way and two properties in the airport area and two in the Wendover/Gate City Boulevard corridor, as well. With these additions, Greensboro will have over 10,500 hotel rooms." The Greensboro Area CVB can assist meet- ing planners with a multimedia presentation to help groups discover the city's appeal, assist with publicity, promotion, registration and all manner of program needs, such as locating support resources, finding guest speakers and entertainment, arranging a welcome address by city dignitaries and more. n Contact: Greensboro Skyline at Night B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Greensboro Natty Greene's Brewpub, which opened in downtown Greensboro in 2004 and is named after the city's namesake Nathanael Greene, features fresh beers brewed on site daily in the original seven-barrel brewery. A full menu with sandwiches, burgers, wings, BBQ, and more can be enjoyed in the dining room, on the patio, or on the second floor amongst TVs and games. Foodie Fun! Visit Greensboro/Dan Routh

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