Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2020

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B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 43 AREA GUIDES dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present are on display in the perma- nent collection galleries. Beautifully located on the banks of the Savannah River and in the heart of the downtown business district, the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center offers the ideal location for your next meeting. With 372 guestrooms, the hotel's prox- imity to shopping, entertainment and cul- tural attractions and the 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space at the Augusta Convention Center is a strong selling point. Augusta is home to several modern chain hotels with all the conveniences you want. Or you can opt for a historic inn with all the Southern charm the area is known for. A few options include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Augusta, Ramada by Wyndham Augusta Downtown Hotel & Conference Center, and Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown. The area is served by Augusta Regional Airport with daily flights from Delta and American Airlines. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Augusta CVB - (706) 724-4067 • • SAVANNAH • • Savannah is home to historical firsts, large trees, local cuisine, and great music. Savannah boasts multiple music festi- vals including, but not limited to: Savannah Music Festival with perform- ances from world-class musicians from around the globe. The Savannah Voice Festival is a concert series held at venues throughout Savannah. The Savannah Jazz Festival brings together world- renowned jazz artists, local legends and rising high school stars converge onstage for a local-favorite performance series. Savannah is home to a multitude of meeting places, ranging from characteris- tic historic homes to the 330,000-sq. ft. Savannah Convention Center. Plan something a little different and host a meeting on one of Savannah's elegant city squares, or stage a one-of-a-kind themed event in one of their museums or theaters. If versatility is what you're look- ing for, the Savannah Civic Center deliv- ers with 25,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and a spacious 2,500-seat auditorium. Of course, many hotels, inns and restaurants provide a wealth of options for meetings and events of all sizes. Located just 15 miles from Savannah's Historic Meeting District, the Savannah/- Hilton Head International Airport offers 11 non-stop destinations and approximately 84 daily flights in and out of Savannah. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Savannah – (877) SAVANNAH • • MACON • • Macon, Georgia's historic undertones harmonize for any family vacation and set the tone for business travelers as well. In Macon attractions and tours offer a look into the area's colorful history. Macon's wealth of culture and heritage can trans- port you from the days when Native Americans claimed this land "where man first sat down" to the city's 1800s settle- ment and growth, through the Civil War, to African-American contributions and influence and into the music of some true American icons. In "The Heart of Georgia" confer- ence attendees can meet with a little more soul! With over 5,000 hotel rooms in five distinct areas, Macon, Georgia offers a central location and budget friendly accommodations along with unique spaces for meetings, receptions, trade shows, and athletic events. The Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center features 102,000 sq. ft. of mod- ern, light infused space. Stretch out a lit- tle into the Macon Coliseum with a 9,252-seat capacity adjacent to the Convention Center or take advantage of an additional 5,000 sq. ft. at the 220- room Marriott hotel connected by a glass-enclosed corridor. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Macon-Bibb County CVB (800) 768-3401 Savannah, Georgia, USA downtown skyline at the riverfront at dusk Photo Credit: Sean Pavone Otis Redding Statue Cherr y Blossoms Photo Credit: Macon-Bibb County CVB

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