Georgia

Why here?
This year alone, $1.5 billion is being invested in new Atlanta attractions, hotels, restaurants and more. In 2017, the city will welcome a $1.2 billion football stadium (rendition above) and a $672 million complex for baseball's Atlanta Braves. Elsewhere in the state, new and updated hotels are in the works.


New & Renovated
In Savannah, The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel, opened this past May with 145 guest rooms, an outdoor pool, a fitness room, 5,700 square feet of indoor and 2,300 square feet of outdoor event space.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, has wrapped up a renovation of its 251 guest rooms, now graced with all new furnishings. The property has more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.


Jekyll Hideaway
Jekyll Island is undergoing a $270 million revitalization that includes the 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center (left), which opened in 2012. Still to come: four new hotels opening through 2016. 

ATLANTA

Local Update
A new $1.2 billion stadium will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team upon completion in 2017. The project, which broke ground in May, spans 1.8 million square feet and will feature a retractable roof.

Not to be outdone by the Falcons, in 2017 the Atlanta Braves baseball team will be moving into its new home -- a $672 million stadium project with seating for approximately 42,000 people. An entertainment complex being built to the tune of $400 million will surround the stadium and will include more than 700,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, residential, hotel and office space.

The Aloft Atlanta Downtown, the first Aloft hotel in Georgia's capital city, opened in April following a $25 million renovation and rebranding of the former Days Inn Atlanta Downtown. The 254-room property has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center recently completed a six-month, multimillion-dollar renovation that included upgrades of the guest rooms and the lobby. The 250-room property offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space, plus a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and two outdoor pools.

This past May, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center wrapped up a refurbishment of all 522 guest rooms, which now sport new furnishings, décor, light fixtures and more. The hotel has 60,000 square feet of function space on-site and an additional 320,000 square feet of event space at the connecting Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience opened in August near Centennial Olympic Park. The facility has state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, an ultra-high-def theater and 50,000 square feet for events.

Later this year, Ponce City Market will open as a mixed-use complex featuring a food hall, retail shops, office space, and recreational features such as rooftop miniature golf and bocce courts. The venue is in the historic former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building.

A 150-room Hyatt House near the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta currently is under construction. The project is expected to be completed mid-2015; stay tuned for details.

The 218-room Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northwest, Marrietta, opened last summer with a fitness center, an outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, a full-service restaurant and more than 6,600 square feet of meeting space.

New HQ Hotel Coming?
IN PROGRESS: The Georgia World Congress Center Authority recently submitted a proposal to build an 800- to 1,000-room convention hotel on the GWCC campus. The property, if approved, could open as early as 2019.

Meeting Hotels: Properties in the capital city's downtown area include the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis; 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta; 1,242-room Hilton Atlanta; 1,073-room Westin Peachtree Plaza; 1,070-room Omni Hotel at CNN Center; 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel; and 444-room Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta.

In Midtown, major hotels include the 502-room Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Midtown, 466-room W Atlanta Midtown, 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel, and 252-room Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

In Buckhead, hotels include the 510-room Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead; 439-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead; 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta; 371-room JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead; 151-room St. Regis Atlanta; and 127-room Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.

In Perimeter Center are the 495-room Crowne Plaza at Ravinia and 341-room Marriott Perimeter Center.

Near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are the 638-room Atlanta Airport Marriott and 387-room Renaissance Concourse Hotel.

To find and compare hotels, and to send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Centers:
 Georgia World Congress Center; exhibit space, 1.4 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 106; (404) 223-4200

Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart; exhibit space, approximately 850,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 40 (and a total of 150 breakout rooms); (404) 220-2230 

Georgia International Convention Center; exhibit space, 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, six; (770) 997-3566

Airport Transit: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, about 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, about $30

Taxes: Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16%

Group Venue:
 The Center for Civil and Human Rights opened in June, about a half-mile from the Georgia World Congress and next door to the Georgia Aquarium. The 43,000-square-foot facility examines the long, complex history of the civil rights movement as well as contemporary human rights issues. Three event spaces accommodate breakout sessions, while the entire building can hold up to 1,000 guests. (678) 999-8990

Contact: The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, (404) 521-6600