Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2020

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B M & T ••• September/October ••• 18 As destinations across the country begin to "open up" to again wel- come visitors, in keeping with their commitment for "attention to details," meeting planners are finding it necessary to add more CLEANING & SAFETY procedures and pro- tocols to their list of "must haves," for their group meetings. Mobile, AL is clearly in the forefront among those U.S destinations that are distinguishing themselves as leaders in implementing POST COVID visitor friendly precautions for the highest level of protection and safety, while at the same time, maintaining their well earned reputation of delivering value, service, hospitality and fun for meetings coming into their city. Mobile's highly trained team of meeting spe- cialists work together, even more closely than ever, with planners to help ensure that every need is met in the safest way possible for their clients' meeting, conference or convention. Perhaps by Industry standards, Mobile might be considered a "second tier" destination, but with over 6,000 hotel rooms throughout the city offering a wide range of rates, locales and ameni- ties, Mobile is "first class" in providing services and accommodations ideally suited for groups, large and small. The architecturally iconic Arthur R. Outlaw waterfront Convention Center is one of the pre- miere meeting and exhibition venues of its kind in the South. The facility features 317,000 sq. ft. of space to meet the needs of groups of any size. With two exhibit halls (total 100,000 sq. ft.), 16 meeting rooms, and two ballrooms (total 15,500 sq. ft.), the venue has a total of over 52,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space. The Center also offers 45,000 sq. ft. of outdoor spaces with beau- tiful views of both Downtown Mobile and the Mobile River. The welcoming feeling of genuine Southern Hospitality abounds in Mobile's vast selection of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, parks, theaters, and shopping venues. Meeting attendees have many options for experiencing Mobile's unique MOBILE, ALABAMA: MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUR MEETINGS

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