Destination: Atlanta/ Northern GA Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
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By Carolyn Koenig
January 29, 2013
If Atlanta is on your short list for a Southern meeting, it’s time to bump it up a notch and move forward. Why? This dynamic, culturally rich city has all the infrastructure you’ll need for a group of any size,Whether you’re planning a regional a national or even an international event.
By Irene Middleman
August 28, 2012
“Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Back to Georgia,” “Chattahoochee”—whatever your music taste is, Georgia just might be the perfect place for your group’s next meeting. like bluegrass and country, but you’ll also be introduced to styles you’ve probably never heard of: shape-note singing, Gullah, ring shout and Piedmont blues. Southern rap groups such as Outkast and Goodie Mob, along with famous rock, pop and country artists including R.E.M., Family Force 5 and the B-52s, are all from the fuse blues, rock and gospel into a Southern soul-driven, hard-rockin’ sound. The music scene here is so vibrant, even Brit Elton John chooses to spend a good part of his time in Atlanta, as does guitarist and singer John Mayer.
By Nikki Gloudeman
January 30, 2012
Atlanta is quintessential South. Drawling strangers act like they’ve known you for years, temperatures stay warm into the night and everything moves at a just-go-with-it pace.
By Jessie Fetterling
August 29, 2011
Fried chicken. Pecan-crusted catfish. Fried green tomatoes. And fried pieces of cornbread or, as they call them down south, hoe cakes. Each mouthwatering bite teases the palate just as much as the last and is more than enough reason to visit Georgia, which is about as close as it gets to the heart and soul of southern cooking.
By Jessie Fetterling
March 28, 2011
“If you haven’t been here in the past 10 years, then you haven’t been to Atlanta,” says Lauren Jarrell, director, communications for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Learn about Atlanta/ Northern GA for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 550
Total Hotel Rooms: 90,000
Number of Special Events Venues:535
Local Convention Centers: Georgia International Convention Center
Local Airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Local CVB: Atlanta CVB, Athens CVB, Greater Rome CVB, Gwinnett CVB
If you haven’t been here in the past 10 years, then you haven’t been to Atlanta. With big projects continuing to pop up and several more on the horizon, this sentiment seems to be the theme for this historic Southern locale. Known for its past—Martin Luther King, Jr. was born here, Gone with the Wind was written here and the world’s largest drive-in was established here—Atlanta still offers the rich culture that made it famous, along with a blend of contemporary additions.
Within the convention corridor are several visitor hot spots. For example, the Georgia Aquarium—the world’s largest—became even larger with the 84,000-square-foot dolphin exhibit. Just steps away, the World of Coca-Cola pays homage to one of Atlanta’s most famous companies. Visitors can create their own “coketails” with more than 60 samples of Coca-Cola brands from around the world in the Taste It room. Also located nearby is Inside CNN, where groups can go on a behind-the-scenes studio tour of the famous news station, also headquartered in Atlanta.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, features luscious plants. In 2010, the Garden nearly doubled in size with the opening of the Canopy Walk, Edible Garden and Cascades Garden. Theater-goers might prefer to visit the historic Fox Theatre, or Gone with the Wind fans won’t want to miss the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. For visitors looking to appease their comfort-food appetites, Mary Mac’s Tea Room and Pittypat’s Porch are two local favorites for southern cooking.