Black Meetings and Tourism

July / August 2021

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football stadium, and more. There's also the 237-room College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, which boasts 75,514 sq. ft. of meeting rooms and event spaces including two ball- rooms. And don't forget the 234-room MGM National Harbor, which spe- cializes in groups from 10-500. Visit Experience Prince George's to dis- cover many other meeting venues from which to choose. If you are contemplating brining a meeting to Prince George's County, be sure to contact Experience Prince G e o r g e ' s P r e s i d e n t / C E O Leslie W. Graves or one of her team members, which includes Executive Vice President George A. Cooley and Interim Director of Sales & Marketing Rhonda L. Walker. The county is a must-see for those seeking a mix of suburban, rural, and urban experi- ences that are all accessible within their getaway. When the workday is done, be sure o explore the Hyattsville and College Park areas, which are garnering more aware- ness for their arts scene, eclectic vibe, breweries, and restaurants. For example, in College Park be sure to check out the University of Maryland, which has an abundance of cultural offerings, including the David C. Driskall Center and Herman Maril Gallery, to name a few. • • BALITIMORE • • If you want to make your next meeting a success in every way plan on it in Baltimore, an exciting city with surprises around every corner. With a major growth in accommodations, meeting facilities, nightlife, and attractions just a short walk away from the Baltimore Convention Center—Baltimore is your place to meet. A key to Baltimore's continued vitality is its strategic location on the Atlantic seaboard, right at the heart of the most densely populated area in the United States. The city of Baltimore is in close proximity to a large portion of the nation's population – a region that is home to more than 50 million people. This makes it easier for you to reach your target attendees and a built-in attendance base. Nestled in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Convention Center's location is a tourist's dream and a meeting planner's delight. Linked by a series of overhead walkways to Baltimore's renowned Inner Harbor, hotels and fine dining, the Center offers attendees a wide variety of attractions, and meeting planners with an affordable prime destination. The center features 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 85,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in 50 rooms, and a 36,672-sq.ft. ballroom. When time permits conference atten- dees might want to explore some of Baltimore's informative African-American historic sites and museums. Just a few blocks from Inner Harbor is the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the largest African American museum on the East Coast. And drop by the National Great Blacks in Wax Museun, the only museum of its kind dedicated to the African- American experience, which displays one of the most talked about, moving and emotional representations of the Middle Passage. Be sure to reach out to President/-CEO Al Hutchinson and his Visit Baltimore team for assis- tance in planning your meeting in Baltimore. The service and sup- port they provide is invaluable! WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Baltimore – ()877) Baltimore B M & T ••• July/August 2021 ••• 50 AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS MGM National Harbor 234 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 1,996 College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 237 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Laurel 208 Holiday Inn Washington – College Park 222 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Experience Prince George's Couple enjoying one of Maryland's eateries Photo Credit: Baltimore C.C. LESLIE W. GRAVES GEORGE A. COOLEY RHONDA L. WALKER AL HUTCHINSON

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