Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2015

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MEETINGS MADE EASIER WITH GREENSBORO'S SUPERB SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY BY CYNTHIA MOLUSK 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 entertainment 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 location, easy accessibility and versatile conference facilities make it a destination of choice for meeting planners nationwide. For your leisure traveler clients, whether they're celebrating the start of a new life together at their wedding recep- tion or getting together with relatives at a family reunion, Greensboro offers the ideal setting for all special occasion. Picturesque resorts and hotels, historic homes, charming inns, castles, art gal- leries and museums are just a few of the sites the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you secure for your event. And to take even more of the stress out of your planning, the Bureau can help you arrange overnight accommodations for your guests. Because of Greensboro's rich heritage within the African-American community, conference attendees will have no trouble finding events or landmarks representing Black history throughout the city. The African American Atelier promotes its exhibition programs in a modern, spa- cious three-gallery space on the main level of the Greensboro Cultural Center. A total area of more than 2,143 sq. ft. includes: two offices and storage, two small galleries totaling 700 sq. ft. (The Eva Hamlin Miller Gallery and The Bennett College for Women Gallery) and the main gallery consisting of 720 sq. ft. Exhibitions ranging from solo to group to traveling shows providing needed visibility and year round exposure to new and emerg- ing artists and seasoned artist profes- sionals. This venue helps educate African-Americans and the community at-large and pro- vides bridging opportunities for artists, children, adults and special populations includ- ing the physically and mentally chal- lenged. Explore the his- tory of the Ameri- can 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 reenact- ments, and interactive components. While in Greensboro, conference attendees are encouraged to explore the city's magnificent art galleries and museums as well as delve into the booming nightlife. After a day of con- stant running around, meetings and other conference related events this off time will be much appreciated. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum 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 pho- tography, artifacts, video reenactments and interactive galleries. The museum is located in the former F.W. Wool- worth retail store, a Greensboro his- toric site. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum at Historic Palmer Memorial Institute is North Carolina's only state- supported historic site recognizing a woman and is also one of the first to honor an African-American. The site is the location of the former Palmer Memorial Institute, an African-American preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. Serving as the director of Sales at the Greensboro CVB, Ava Pope and the Sales Team can assist planners with any aspect of book- ing business into the city. Located at the center of North Carolina and the midpoint of the East Coast, Pied- mont Triad Inter- national Airport (PTIA) is strategically positioned at the hub of the dynamic Piedmont Triad region, situated between the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. B M & T ••• September/October 2015 ••• 37 Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons & Koury Convention Center Photo Credit: Greensboro Area CVB • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons 990 Grandover Resort & Conference Center 247 Greensboro Marriott Downtown 280 Embassy Suites Hotel-Greensboro 219 Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport 299 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Greensboro Coliseum Complex Total Exhibit Space 197,000 ft Meeting Rooms 4 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Greensboro Area CVB (800) 344-2282 AREA GUIDES G R E E N S B O R O AVA POPE

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