Black Meetings and Tourism

Sept/Oct 2012

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ICI •Pg_43-58__BMT_pg86-162 12/21/12 1:44 AM Page 53 SITKA AREA GUIDES BLEND OF CULTURES MAKE FOR MEMORABLE MEETING EXPERIENCE BY BRYSON MCDANIEL Sitka, once referred to as the Paris of the Pacific, combines a treasury of Native Culture, Russian History and the Great Alaskan Wilderness. With small, distinct meetings being such dynamic elements of the industry today, Sitka's intrinsic charm certainly deserves attention. Because of Sitka's unique geographical location and beautiful ambiance, meeting space in this region comes in many interesting styles and options. Harrigan Centennial Hall, located oceanfront in downtown Sitka, is an 18,000-sq. ft. Civic, Convention, and Visitor Center. This facility has an outstanding audiovisual department with wireless Internet throughout, teleconference equipment, and multimedia projectors. The commercial, on-site kitchen is available for independent caterers to use for all events. In addition to offering free all-day parking; Harrigan Centennial Hall is located conveniently close to downtown, hotel/motel accommodations, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. With a wide array of hotels and motels to stay in, Sitka offers several options of suitable lodging in the nearby areas. The 105-room Westmark Sitka is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Sitka, offering hotel guests complimentary airport shuttle service and located within a short distance to Sitka's major attractions and shopping district. The Westmark Sitka can host small intimate meetings to larger groups of 175 (depending on setup). Make the Westmark Sitka the choice for your next meeting! The Sitka Performing Arts Center has state-of-the-art amenities highlighting this recent addition to the mix of unique and eclectic meeting facilities in Sitka. With seating for over 600 people and an Harrigan Centennial Hall - Sitka BM&T ••• Photo Credit: San Diego CVB September/October 2012••• 53

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