by Hunter R. Slaton | September 01, 2009

Charlotte, N.C.
Local Update

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, will open early next month with 147 rooms and suites and 12,000 square feet of indoor function space.

The Charlotte Marriott
Center City has enhanced all 438 guest rooms with iHome iPod docks and more. The hotel has 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


hotels
Meeting Hotels:
Properties include the 700-room Westin Charlotte, 400-room Hilton Charlotte Center City, 365-room Omni Charlotte, 308-room Embassy Suites Hotel Resort & Conference Center, 297-room Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, 274-room Embassy Suites Charlotte and 252-room Hyatt Charlotte. For more, visit omfg.com.


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Convention Center:
Char­lotte Convention Center; exhibit space, 280,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 46; (704) 339-6000; charlotteconventionctr.com


airport
Airport Transit:
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, eight miles west of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20-$25; by shuttle, $15


taxes
Taxes:
Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 7.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.25%


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Group Venue:
About an hour northwest of Charlotte, the main building of the Childress Vineyards was modeled after the Italian Renaissance architecture of rural Tuscany. The main level seats 250 for dinner, the banquet room hosts 125 and in the Barrel Cave, up to 14 can dine by candlelight, amid oak barrels. (336) 236-9463; childressvineyards.com


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CVB Services:
Visit Charlotte, (704) 334-2282 or (800) 722-1994; charlottesgotalot.com


Greensboro, N.C.
Local Update
In March, the 299-room Greensboro–High Point Marriott Airport completed a $6 million renovation of its guest rooms and fitness facilities.


hotels
Meeting Hotels:
Properties include the 1,016-room Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, 299-room Greensboro–High Point Marriott Airport, 281-room Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 219-room Embassy Suites Hotel Greensboro Airport and 175-room Doubletree Hotel.


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Convention Center:
Joseph S. Koury Convention Center/Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons; exhibit space, 100,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 75; (800) 242-6556; sheratongreensboro.com


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Airport Transit:
Piedmont Triad International Airport, about 12 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $29


taxes
Taxes:
Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 6.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.75%


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Group Venue:
Downtown Greensboro is home to the Carolina Theatre, a vintage 1927 vaudeville palace now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater has been entirely renovated and today hosts screenings of classic films, live music and plays. The auditorium seats 1,075 and can be rented by groups for presentations or performances. (336) 333-2600, ext. 3; carolinatheatre.com


cvb
CVB Services:
Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 344-2282; visitgreensboronc.com