Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2020

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B M & T ••• September/October 2020 ••• 36 In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in Columbia. It's a modern city where stately buildings buzz with new businesses and centuries-old sites give rise to fresh perspectives. As home to both the state's capital and its largest university, it's a vibrant city and creative hub that's bursting with forward thinkers, progressive attitudes and diverse voices. With ample shopping, food and tons to see and do year-round, it's a dynamic destination that will leave you looking forward to what's next. Columbia is accessible and affordable, with big-city amenities and a small town feel. Its versatile facilities include over 535,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 142,500-sq. ft. convention center right in the heart of downtown. Plentiful accommodations, walk- ability and overall manageability take many of the headaches out of event planning and execution. And with three interstates that intersect the city and a regional airport, getting here is straightforward. We're so thankful for the technology of virtual meetings, and that will continue to play an important role in the land- scape of meetings moving forward, but nothing compares with the real connections, ideas and engagement of gathering face to face. Your comfort level is important to us and your safety is paramount. As we prepare to host you and your groups again, rest assured we are following guidelines set forth by government officials, health and safety professionals and industry leaders. When the workday is done, immerse yourself in the history and culture of Columbia. From forgotten stories of the Civil Rights Movement brought back to the forefront to historic properties once owned by promi- nent figures, you might be surprised to stumble upon all this and more. REAL MEETINGS. REAL SAFE Photo: Credit Forrest Clonts

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