Black Meetings and Tourism

Jan / Feb 2015

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B M & T ••• January/February 2015 ••• 32 MEETING IN "THE HEART OF GEORGIA"OFFERS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES PURE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY BY DON LITTLETON Macon, Georgia's historic undertones harmonize for any family vacation and set the tone for business travelers as well. In Macon attractions and tours offer a look into the area's colorful history. Macon's wealth of culture and heritage can trans- port you from the days when Native Americans claimed this land "where man first sat down" to the city's 1800s settle- ment and growth, through the Civil War, to African-American contributions and influence and into the music of some true American icons. In "The Heart of Georgia" conference attendees can meet with a little more soul! With over 5,000 hotel rooms in five distinct areas, Macon, Georgia offers a central location and budget friendly accommodations along with unique spaces for meetings, receptions, trade shows, and athletic events. The Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center features 102,000 sq. ft. of mod- ern, light infused space. Stretch out a lit- tle into the Macon Coliseum with a 9,252-seat capacity adjacent to the Convention Center or take advantage of an additional 5,000 sq. ft. at the 220- room Marriott hotel connected by a glass-enclosed corridor. Beyond the Center you will find a wonderful variety of unique spaces throughout the city of Macon. Choose one of the five dis- tinct clusters desig- ned for planning a meeting with spaces, hotel rooms, attractions, and restaurants within close proximity. You'll also find Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She and her experienced team will pro- vide you with top-of-the-line service to ensure the success of your event. While on off time conference atten- dees can hike through ancient Indian mounds and enter North America's only reconstructed earth lodge, or take in the state's largest collection of African- American art, history and culture. Travelers are encouraged to stroll along the river or down wide avenues lined with art galleries, boutiques and architecture as diverse as the people who built it. Sit on the dock with legendary Otis Redding's life-size bronze statue and decide which Macon nightlife venue will entice you to order a glass of wine, sit in on open mic night, or catch the next ris- ing star to come out of Macon. Sample some soul food or try signature dishes from lively local restaurants in a town where a night out means fine dining, drinks, or dancing, but also a moonlit walk among Old South mansions, a Broadway play or a live show at the birth- AREA GUIDES M A C O N The Edgar H. Wilson Convention MONICA SMITH Photo Credit: Macon-Bibb County CVB

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