Black Meetings and Tourism

July/Aug 2013

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•Pg_44-58_ICI__BMT_pg86-162 8/12/13 9:03 PM Page 56 AREA GUIDES SACRAMENTO A SURPRISINGLY DIVERSE CITY OFFERS MEETING PLANNERS A MIXTURE OF OPTIONS BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II Sacramento is centrally located in Northern California and is easily accessible by air or ground. State-of-the-art meeting facilities and excellent accommodations are located just minutes from Sacramento International Airport. Plus you'll find great restaurants, shopping, performing arts, and museums – all with just enough well-preserved history to deliver a truly unique meeting experience. Meeting pro- Train Arena (home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings), and many full-service hotels make Sacramento meeting planning a cinch with so many great facilities from which to choose. The hi-tech Sacramento Convention Center features a 384,359-sq.ft. complex with 134,000 sq. ft. of exhibit halls, convertible arena seating for 6,500, two separate 6,000-sq. ft. prefunction areas, an elegant 24,000-sq. ft. ballroom and 31 meeting rooms. The Convention Center is 15 minutes from Sacramento International Airport, and is within walking distance of the California State Capitol, historic attractions, excellent restaurants, vibrant nightlife, all of which are situated Photo Credit: photoquest7 Panoramic view of Sacramento skyline fessionals discover gold when they select California's cosmopolitan state capital as their meeting destination. Planners are sure to discover gold and the benefits of 'green' when they bring their meetings to Sacramento. Conventions and exhibitions held at the Sacramento Convention Center are certified 'green' and can use the nationally recognized Green-e symbol in their electronic and print collateral to communicate their group's commitment to renewable energy excellence. Flexible, affordable meeting and event space at the Sacramento Convention Center, the 350-acre indoor/outdoor facilities of Cal Expo, historic Memorial Auditorium, Sleep 56 Capitol and adjacent to the Sacramento Convention Center, this hotel provides top-ofthe-line hospitality and is a prime location to house conference attendees. Other hotels in the area that provide excellent facilities for meetings are the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, Sheraton Grand Sacramento and the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. You may know of Sacramento as the capital of California, the "City of Trees" and the "River City". But did you also know it to be one of America's most diverse cities? Visitors to Sacramento will notice this to be true everywhere they look. The city's residents, streets, parks, restaurants, churches and media organi- near national hotel brands, including Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Grand, Marriott, Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Radisson, DoubleTree and Best Western. Complementing the Sacramento Convention Center is Memorial Auditorium, a 3,800-seat venue – perfect for lectures, seminars and special events. Built in 1927, the Memorial Auditorium is an ornate masterpiece with extensive terra cotta work and elaborate detailing. The Hyatt Regency, Sacramento's finest luxury hotel, features 503 renovated guestrooms, 27,000 sq. ft of flexible function space and two award winning restaurants. Located in the heart of downtown, across the street from the State B M & T ••• July/August 2013 ••• zations all reflect the region's unmatched cultural diversity and events throughout the year celebrate the ethnic legacies of the Sacramento region. And with the support of Sacramento's City Council and County Board of Supervisors, multicultural programs, activities, organizations and neighborhoods in Sacramento successfully thrive. Conference attendees and leisure travelers alike will have plenty to explore in this culturally diverse region. While in town make sure and get involved in some of the city's amazing ambiance and activities. Named in honor of the celebrated abolitionist and women's rights activist, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum is dedicated to

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