Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2012

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AREA GUIDES MILE HIGH DENVER CITY HAS IT ALL! BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II With 300 days of sunshine, thriving arts and culture, an award-winning culi- nary scene, and the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Denver offers an affordable mix of urban sophistication and outdoor adventure for meeting planners and con- ference attendees alike. When it comes to meeting planning, Denver has it all; a state-of-the-art con- vention center, a central location, an inter- national airport, a walkable downtown dis- trict packed with shopping, top level din- ing, a thriving nightlife and cultural attrac- tions, not to mention thousands of hotel rooms. The Colorado Convention Center is a state-of-the-art facility built by meeting planners for meeting planners. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, one of the most visitor-friendly districts in the country, and within walking distance of 8,400 hotel rooms, the facility is ideal for any size meeting or convention group. The center is equipped with 584,000 sq. ft. exhibit space on one level as well as 63 meeting rooms providing 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space on one level. The convention center has a 35,000-sq. ft. Four Seasons Ballroom, a 50,000-sq. ft. Mile High Ballroom and a 5,000 fixed- seat Wells Fargo Theatre. This venue offers 1,000 parking spaces. Downtown Denver brims with energy and innovation and the hotels are no dif- ferent. From high-rise convention hotels to one-of-a-kind boutique properties, this city covers all meeting and conference accommodation needs. Convention attendees can enjoy a refreshing and comfortable stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver. Located south of I-70 on the corner of Quebec Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, this Denver hotel is just six minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Denver International Airport. With 561 guest rooms, a business center and 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms, this hotel is sure to empress 74 Paul Stewart of the Black American West Museum meeting planners and their conference members. Towering above the Mile High City, the Denver Marriott City Center is equipped with 24 conference rooms and 27,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. This 613-room downtown hotel offers an ideal setting for any business or social event. For busi- ness travelers, the hotel features high- speed Internet access in all guest rooms and an array of convenient business- friendly amenities. While in Denver, conference atten- dees can enjoy some of the African- American culture the city has to offer at the Black American West Museum. This historic site preserves the history and cul- ture of those African-American men and women who helped settle and develop the American West. This landmark is located in the former home of Dr. Justina Ford, the first Black female doctor in Denver. Such exhibits on African- American cowboys, including world famous Bill Pickett, are included. There is plenty of Native-American influence in the city as well. If conference delegates want to explore the rich culture and do a little shopping then this is the place to be. Opened in July of 1983, the Native American Trading Company is the leading source of antique weavings, pot- tery, baskets, jewelry, artifacts, and pho- Photo Visit Denver tographs by Edward Sherrif Curtis in the Rocky Mountain Region. The galleries are museum-quality and filled with authentic, handmade treasures. Circulating nearly 1,700 daily flights out of the city, the Denver International Airport offers non-stop service to more than 160 worldwide destinations, includ- ing 19 international cities. DIA is located 23 miles from downtown Denver and travel time typically is 30-40 minutes. HOTEL • • • STATS • • • Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Conv-ention Center 1,100 Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1,225 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown CC 332 403 The Colorado Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 584,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 63 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Denver – (303) 892-1112 Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce (303) 831-0720 Black Meetings & Tourism May/June 2012: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver 561 Denver Marriott City Center Crowne Plaza ROOMS 613

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