Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2011

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AREA GUIDES GREENSBORO BIRTH PLACE OF SIT-IN MOVEMENT IS ALSO GREAT FOR MEETINGS, CONFERENCES AND OTHER GROUP EVENTS BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II Home to the largest hotel in North Carolina (990 guest rooms) plus 88 other lodging facilities nearby and the leaving 60,000 sq. ft. for exhibits and 4,500-seat general seating setup for group sessions or entertainment. Aconventionmight choose to use the 23,500-capacity Coliseum Arena and adjacent 2,376-seat War Memorial Auditorium. Smaller conferences and meetings will enjoy the more intimate 298-seat Odeon Theater. When used with the arena, this setting complements the interactive requirements of press confer- ences, seminars and meetings. With the many choices of lodging in the city, Greensboro is sure to fulfill every need of each and every member of your the former F.W. Woolworth retail store on the historic site where on Feb. 1, 1960 four North Carolina A&T State University students sat down at the store's "whites only" lunch counter and challenged the "Jim Crow" traditions of the day. Their actions ignited the sit- in movement, which spread like wild- fire throughout the South. The muse- um offers an educational journey through the challenges African- Americans faced in the struggle for equal rights in the United States and brings this history to life with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenact- African American Atelier Greensboro Coliseum Complex, one of the largest entertainment facilities in the Southeast (seats 23,500), Greensboro can easily host events ranging fromsmall corporate meetings to large citywide events. This city's central location, easy accessibility and versatile conference facilities make it a destination of choice formeeting planners nationwide. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a multi-building facility designed to serve the citizens ofGreensboro and the surrounding area through a broad range of activities as well as public and private events of all kinds including conventions. It is both a primary center of activity for the community and a leading economic generator for this region. The 167,000-sq. ft. Special Events Center can be partitioned into four halls, 92 group. The hotel staff's drive to consis- tently serve with a winning attitude makes The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center the positive choice for you. The 990-room property is well equipped for any size meeting with 250,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including an elegant 40,000-sq. ft. column-free ball- room that accommodates functions with up to 6,000 guests. The facility also boasts an additional 16,500-sq. ft. ballroom, a 100,000-sq. ft. exhibition space, auditori- ums, a two-tiered classroom and theatre style rooms. While in Greensboro, conference attendees can experience some of the rich cultural attractions that the city has to offer. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is located in • • • STATS • • • HOTEL Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons Grandover Resort & Conference Center Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport EXHIBITION FACILITIES Greensboro Coliseum Complex Total Exhibit Space 167,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Greensboro Area CVB (800) 344-2282 Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2011: 4 ROOMS 990 247 Greensboro Marriott Downtown 280 Embassy Suites Hotel-Greensboro 219 299 Photo Credit: Greensboro CVB

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