by By Michael C. Lowe | September 01, 2010

Charlotte, N.C.
Local Update: The 149-room Aloft @ the EpiCentre opened last October in Uptown Charlotte's trendy EpiCentre complex; the property offers 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 700-room Westin Charlotte, 400-room Hilton Charlotte Center City and 274-room Embassy Suites Charlotte. For more area hotels, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Charlotte Convention Center; exhibit space, 280,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 37; (704) 339-6000; charlotteconventionctr.com

Airport Transit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, about seven miles west of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20-$25; by shuttle, $10-$12

Taxes: Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 8.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.25%

Group Venue: Kalu opened in June serving authentic Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine. A 7,000-square-foot space is available for private dining. (704) 910-4877; kalunc.com

CVB Services: Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, (704) 334-6040; charlottesgotalot.com