Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2012

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HIGHLIGHTS The African-American cultural area can be found on Indiana Avenue, which serves as one of the six cultural districts throughout Indianapolis. Walker Theatre is at the heart of this district with a full lineup of theatre and concert perform- ances throughout the year. Other highlights include: The home of Madame C.J. Walker, Freetown Village, Indiana Landmarks Tours, Active Indy Tours, Rhythm Discover Center, Conner Prairie, White River State Park: A 250- acre urban greenspace within walking dis- tance from the Indiana Convention Center. The park includes seven family- friendly attractions including the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Historical Society, and more. There is also a new $63 million, eight- mile Cultural Trail connecting all six cul- tural districts, hotels, and major attrac- tions – adjacent to the convention center. IT'S ROOMY There are 7,100 in the downtown area, 4,700 rooms connected to the convention center via climate-con- trolled skywalks and 33,000 in the metro area. TIMETO CONVENE The Indiana Convention Center (ICC) is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.More than half of the nearly 7100+ hotel rooms are within six blocks of the facility, including the Marriott, Westin,Hyatt,Hilton and Conrad. It's also in close proximity to the State Capitol, Union Station,Circle Centre Mall,Victory Field, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Four major expansions now give ICC more than 566,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. There are 71 meeting rooms, eleven (11) exhibit halls and three multi-purpose ballrooms. FLYING HIGH According to Arnheim, Indianapolis International Airport (IND), located 15 minutes from downtown,has consistent- ly been ranked as the number oneNorth American airport by Airport Council International. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus. For 20 View of Lake Tahoe from the shores of Tahoe City "Reno Tahoe USA has a great central location in the West, making it an easy choice for planners looking to get maxi- mum attendance," said Leinen. "Reno- Tahoe International is ranked as one of the top airports in the country, not only for cost but also for ease of access. RSCVA (Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority) partners have invested more than $1 billion into the community in recent years. From modern hotel rooms to new technology in our meeting facilities, Reno Tahoe offers a top-quality product at a much greater value than many larger meeting destinations across the country. We have nearly 300 days of special events and some of the most beautiful geography in the nation. Whether you want to ski or golf or relax in the spa, we have a wide variety of amenities for attendees to enjoy during any down time they might have." To be clear, the RSCVA encompasses Washoe County, which includes the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe as well as Sparks, NV. Leinen said one of the biggest selling points for Reno Tahoe is the fact that the RSCVA has an owner/operator model that allows them more flexibility in book- ing conventions of all sizes. "The RSCVA owns and/or operates RENO TAHOE If you want one good reason to have your next meeting in Reno-Tahoe, John Leinen, vice president of Convention & Tourism Sales will do you one better and give you several. the 500,000-sq. ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the 118,000-sq. ft. Reno Events Center, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium and the 18-hole championship Wildcreek Golf Course, " said Leinen. "Not only can the RSCVA negotiate better rates for customers, but our staff can also help plan team-building events including golf outings and live enter- tainment. The ease of access is another great benefit for visitors. All of our major meeting facilities, hotels and entertainment venues are within a 10-minute radius. Not only does that cut down on travel time but expenses as well. The great thing is that you get all that value without sacrificing service and technology; add in the natural beauty and outdoor amenities of the region, and Reno Tahoe USA truly presents the total package for successful meetings and conventions. AFTERTHE MEETING " RenoTahoe offers 24-hour entertain- ment and outdoor recreation that includes North America's highest con- centration of ski and snowboard resorts, more than 50 area golf courses and an urban whitewater park in the heart of downtown Reno. Check out the Sparks Marina, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and Commrow (the first urban adventure destination in Reno). WHERETO STAY There are a number of fabulous hotels in which to stay, including the recently renovated Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe- Resort, Spa Casino, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Reno), Peppermill Hotel Casino, Boulder Bay and more. There are 15,500 convention hotel rooms in the RenoTahoe area. ONTHE FLY With nonstop service from 22 mar- kets and approximately 180 daily arrivals and departures at the Reno-Tahoe InternationalAirport,RenoTahoe is easi- ly accessible. For information: www.visitrenota- Whether terrific Tallahassee, passion- ate Philadelphia, incredible Indianapolis or remarkable Reno-Tahoe is your choice, all are diverse destinations with a desire and resolve to make your next meeting one of the best. Black Meetings & Tourism May/June 2012: Photo Credit: PopmediaGroup

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