by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 15, 2016
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has announced details of its strategic plan, "2020 Vision." The project includes the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art, retractable-roof sports arena that will double as an event venue, which will be completed in 2017. The plan also calls for an 800-1,100 room high-end convention center hotel to open adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center's  building C and the addition of 1 million square feet of exhibit space between buildings B and C, adding to the 1.4 million square feet currently available.
"2020 Vision is the single biggest thing that has happened to Atlanta's convention business since the opening of Georgia World Congress Center," said Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. "These new additions position the city very well to attract new business and allows us to adapt to expanding convention needs."
"Our 2020 Vision plan is all about aligning the GWCCA campus with the future needs of our customers, partners, stakeholders and surrounding community while ensuring the continued economic growth of downtown Atlanta's thriving hospitality district," said Frank Poe, executive director of the GWCCA. "Our campus and organization continue to evolve as we expect to remain the number-one convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world and a major economic driver for the state of Georgia."