Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2011

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THE BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT & SOLOMON J. HERBERT II goal of today's convention cen- ters is to provide the same comforting, hospitable yet professional attention that is offered in the hotel setting. Centers are achieving this by undergoing drastic upgrades and renovations such as larger and more stylish looking facilities, enhanced food and bever- age services, updated cutting-edge technology for meetings and confer- ences as well as the addition of in- house meeting planners to help through the booking process, to name a few. In addition, convention centers are becoming more and more environmentally friendly, resulting in a larger number of green certified facilities.With all the renovations and upgrades many of the convention centers across the AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER TheAustin Convention Center is a LEED® Gold certi- fied building located in the heart of the capital ofTexas,one of the most affordable cities in America. The convention center has a convenient downtown location, between the shores of Lady Bird Lake and historic Sixth Street. It has easy access to I-35 and is a short distance from6,000 down- town hotel rooms. The facility's expansion has allowed events to expand their conventions, trade shows and expos. It has also brought new conventions and visitors toAustin and its convention center. The Center features 881,400 gross sq. ft. and covers six city blocks. The five contiguous Exhibit Halls have 246,097 sq. ft. of column-free space, 54 meeting rooms and show officeswith 58,152 sq. ft., and seven ballrooms, including one with 43,300 sq. ft. Pre-wired during construction, the Center is a gigabit rated building. It is one of the most technologi- cally advanced convention centers in the country,with state- of-the-art communication and utility services. Two close by garages provide 1,685 parking spaces for visitors. Aramark, the Center's food and beverage management division, is an exclusive service offering premier food and beverage preparation.The Center also boasts of two fully- equipped kitchens. 30 country can match top-of-the-line hotels when it comes to fulfilling your group event needs. When planning your next meeting please consider one of the following convention centers as options for your event. By investing in the African- American market they acknowledge the value the Black meeting planners and their associations bring to the table, and deserve your business. STATS Total exhibit space: Largest hall: Largest ballroom: Number of meetng rooms Telephone: Website: 246,097 sq. ft. 79,525 sq. ft. 43,300 sq. ft. 54 (512) 404-4500 Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2011:

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