by Michael C. Lowe | September 01, 2010

Local Update: Expected to open this fall, the 21-acre downtown Railroad Park will be available for myriad recreation options, concerts and events. Features include a lake, an amphitheater, landscaped gardens and 10 acres of open lawn.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 770-room Sheraton Birmingham, 329-room Wynfrey Hotel at the Riverchase Galleria, 298-room Doubletree Hotel Bir­mingham Marriott, 259-room Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, 205-room Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park and 150-room Hyatt Place Birmingham.

Convention Center: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex; exhibit space, 220,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 74; (205) 458-8400;

Airport Transit: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, about five miles east of downtown Birmingham. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $12

Taxes: No sales tax; room tax, 14%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%

Group Venue: The vintage early-1900s B&A Warehouse offers a variety of meeting spaces along with three well-stocked bars, an on-site full-service catering department and an entertainment stage. (205) 326-4220;  

CVB Services: Greater Bir­mingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 458-8085;