Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2018

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B M & T ••• March/April 2018 ••• 34 AREA GUIDES G E O R G I A A COMBINATION OF EXPERT HOSPITALITY AND A GORGEOUS AMBIANCE MAKE GEORGIA THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT B Y S O L O M O N J . H E R B E R T I I Traveling to the "Peachtree State" for business and pleasure offers conference attendees as well as leisure travelers top- level hospitality and professionalism merged with a beautiful scenic backdrop of the South. If your group is large and needs plenty of space with the bustling inner city feel Atlanta has everything you need. If you are a planner looking to place your client's group in a smaller intimate setting Savannah might be a good fit. Whatever theme or size of the meeting Georgia can accommodate just about any event from small family reunions to large- scale conferences. • • • ATLANTA • • • For the third year in a row, Atlanta maintains its position among the top five leading meetings destinations in the nation, ranking No. 4 on Cvent's 2017 list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States. Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is the fourth largest in the country. As the world's largest LEED Gold certified convention, sports and entertainment complex, its flexible approach offers customizable meeting and event space for meetings of any size, 1.4 million sq. ft. of prime exhibit space, 106 meeting rooms, three fixed-seat auditoriums and two grand ballrooms. The venue is also centrally located in the heart of downtown Atlanta within easy walking distance of hotels, attractions and entertainment. Conference attendees will have plenty of time to explore the city and its rich African-American culture via museums, sight seeing in historic neighborhoods as well as visiting popular sites like the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC) is a vital part of Atlanta's African-American heritage. It's encouraged that visitors traveling for leisure or business make it a priority to explore this Atlanta jewel. The Atlanta University Center is best described as a consortium of four African-American pri- vate institutions of higher education: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. Member campuses of the Atlanta University Center boast a distinguished group of alumni, among them Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the N.A.A.C.P.'s Walter White, writer James Weldon Johnson, opera singer Mattiwilda Dobbs, filmmaker Spike Lee, Atlanta's first African- • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Hilton Atlanta 1,249 Omni Hotel at CNN Center 1,059 Hyatt Regency Atlanta 1,260 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Georgia World Congress Center Total Exhibit Space 1.4 million sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 106 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Atlanta CVB (800) ATLANTA (404) 521-6600 Georgia World Congress Center Centennial Park on a hot summer day in Atlanta Photo Credit: Atlanta CVB Photo Credit: Russell Ensley

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