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by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2011
App for That
Last October, the Virginia Tourism Corp. released the Virginia Is for Lovers iPhone app with information on more than 12,000 attractions, events, accommodations and restaurants.
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Richmond
Last September, the Virginia War Memorial completed an 18,000-square-foot expansion that includes a new 70-seat theater, a boardroom that can accommodate 20 delegates, and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the James River, with seating for 450.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts reopened last spring following a $150 million expansion. The upgrade includes a new wing featuring the four-story Cochrane Atrium, which can host up to 1,000 for receptions; the museum can accommodate 2,500 in a full buyout.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 410-room Richmond Marriott, 372-room Sheraton Richmond West, 361-room Omni Richmond, 298-room Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown, 262-room The Jefferson, 250-room Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, 250-room Westin Richmond, 242-room Marriott Richmond West, 224-room Embassy Suites Richmond, 135-room Aloft Richmond West, 134-room Hotel Sierra Richmond West and 102-room Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump.

Convention Center
Greater Richmond Convention Center; exhibit space, 180,000 square feet; meeting space, 80,000 square feet;  number of meeting rooms, 38; (804) 783-7300

Airport Transit
Richmond International Airport, 10 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Taxes
Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate featuring several botanical gardens, the 12,000-square-foot Maymont Mansion and a nature center. The Stone Barn, dating to 1908, can host up to 50 guests within its stone-wall interior. Several gardens also are available for special events. (804) 358-7166

Contact
Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 370-9004