Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2021

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B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 45 G E O R G I A CONSIDER THE PEACH STATE AS A PRIME MEETING DESTINATION FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT B Y S O L O M O N J . H E R B E R T I I Georgia's picturesque scenery and gorgeous geographical backdrop give planners a series of cities to choose from when picking the right site for a specific event. Those preparing for a larger event in a more urban environment might look into Atlanta's venues. If the gathering is smaller and/or calls for Georgia's lovely ambiance Savannah is top choice. We all have a role to play to keep Georgia open for business and to create a safe environment for all locals and trav- elers alike during the pandemic. You can show your support by personally commit- ting to following these guildlines from the Georgia Department of Health when in public spaces like keeping social dis- tance, wearing a face covering, as well as washing and sanitizing hands. • • SAVANNAH • • Savannah is a charming Southern escape where art, period architecture, trendy boutiques and ghost stories are all set under a veil of Spanish moss. Savannah is a place where cuisine comes straight from the coast and cocktails are served at every meal. Whether you are going to vacate with the family for a relax- ing getaway or you are attending a confer- ence for business discover the enchanti- ng soul of Savannah. With ample meeting venues fo all sizes in a city steeped in history with an amaz- ing food culture and charming places to stay, you'll please your convention crowd by making Savannah the spot for your next meeting. Savannah is home to a multitude of meeting places, ranging from characteristic historic homes to the Savannah Convention Center. The cen- ter is a superbly functional, architecturally stunning 330,000 sq. ft. gleaming water- front complex on the historic Savannah River features 100,000 sq. ft. of divisible exhibit space, 50,000 sq. ft. of prime meeting space, including 13 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms, a 25,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and a state-of-art 367-seat auditorium. Plan something a little different and host a meeting on one of Savannah's ele- gant city squares, or stage a one-of-a- kind themed event in one of our muse- ums or theaters. If versatility is what you're looking for, the Savannah Civic Center delivers with 25,000 square feet of exhibit space and a spacious 2,500- seat auditorium. Of course, the cities many hotels, inns and restaurants provide a wealth of options for meetings and events of all sizes. Located 15 miles from our Historic District, Savannah Airport and offers reg- ular flights to more than 30 non-stop des- tinations, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte just to name a few. • • ATLANTA • • For the fourth year in a row, Atlanta maintains its position among the top five leading meetings destinations in the nation, for meetings and events in the United States. In Atlanta, the compact convention and entertainment district is the ultimate place to meet. Surrounding the Georgia World Congress Center campus and Centennial Olympic Park are award-winning restaurants, unique event venues and remarkable hotels. The con- venience of Downtown Atlanta guaran- tees easy access to attractions and hotels within a few minutes walk or a short ride away. The Georgia World Congress Center is a convention center like no other. AREA GUIDES Aerial shot of downtown Savannah Photo Credit: Visit Savannah • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa 403 Savannah Marriott Riverfront 391 Hyatt Regency Savannah 351 DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District 151 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Total Exhibit Space: 330,000 sq. ft. Largest Ballroom 25,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms: 13 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Savannah – (877) SAVANNAH Greater Savannah Black & Minority Chamber of Commerce (206) 426-2363

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