Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2022

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TAR HEEL STATE OFFERS VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR MMETING GROUPS B Y D O S W E L L I N G R A M With the Great Smoky Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina offers a wide array of outdoor recreational activities, from rafting on the Nantahala River to strolling on the beach at Nags Head. In Charlotte, one of the favorite hangouts for gallery hopping and listening to live music is the NoDa arts district (the name is short for North Davidson). Charlotte's Afro-American Cultural Center showcases a variety of art programs and hosts events on its rooftop ter- race. There's an art museum on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, while a series of bronze sculptures along Parrish Street chronicles the history of the area that was dubbed "Black Wall Street" in the early 20th century . • • GREENSBORO • • Home to the largest hotel in North Carolina (1,000 guest rooms) plus 87 other lodging facilities nearby and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, one of the largest enter- tainment facilities in the Southeast (seats 23,500), Greensboro can easily host events ranging from small corporate meetings to large citywide events. The city's central loca- tion, easy accessibility and versatile confer- ence facilities make it a destination of choice for meeting planners nationwide. With 197,000 total sq. ft. of exhibit space Greensboro's Coliseum Complex is by far the city's top meeting and conference venue, offering flexibilities and space for any size and just about any style desired. For each of the 1,100 events presented yearly, a variety of configurations are possible. The 120,000-sq. ft. Special Events Center can be partitioned into four halls, leaving 60,000 sq. ft. for exhibits and 5,000-seat general seating setup for group sessions or entertainment. Because of Greensboro's rich heritage within the African-American community, con- ference attendees will have no trouble finding events or landmarks representing Black histo- ry throughout the city. The African American Atelier promotes its exhibition programs in a modern, spacious three-gallery space on the main level of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum's permanent exhibition, "The Battlegrounds." This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive compo- nents. Ava Pope serves is director of Sales for the Greensboro CVB. If you are looking to book a meeting or event in the Greensboro area make sure and con- tact Pope and the Sales Dept. at (336) 274-2282 Located at the center of North Carolina and the midpoint of the East Coast, PTI is strategically positioned at the hub of the dynamic Piedmont Triad region, situated between the cities of Greensboro, Winston- Salem and High Point where I-40, I-85 and the I-73 and I-74 converge. • • RALEIGH • • Since opening in Sept. 2008, the Raleigh Convention Center has been a remarkable resource for groups from 50 to 5,000. The facil- ity is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce and technologies that make the area one of the most admired and sought-after places in the United States. The modern, 500,000-sq. ft. center includes a soaring street-level lobby, an elegant ballroom and a massive exhibit hall as well as cutting-edge tech amenities and award- winning culinary delights. The largest of its 41 rooms measures 146,843 sq. ft. and is able to accommodate 15,000 theater capacity and 12,000 for banquets. You'll be welcomed into a grand lobby of dazzling floor-to-ceiling windows. Open and B M & T ••• September/October 2022 ••• 45 AREA GUIDES N O R T H C A R O L I N A • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel 985 Grandover Resort Hotel & Spa 244 Greensboro Marriott Downtown 280 DoubleTree by Hilton Greensboro 175 Hyatt Place 124 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Greensboro Coliseum Complex Total Exhibit Space 197,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 4 The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel Total Exhibit Space 186,548 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 81 Largest Ballroom 16,500 sq. ft.. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau. – (718) 853-8100 Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce Greensboro International Civil Rights Center and Museum photo credit: Greensboro CVB

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