Atlanta

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Why here?
Georgia's largest city keeps adding to its group appeal. This year saw the opening of two major sporting venues, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park. The next few months will see the debut of the Omni Hotel at The Battery and Solis Two Porsche Drive, with more properties to follow.


NEWS FLASH
The 1,249-room Hilton Atlanta has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms and 129,000 square feet of meeting space (spanning some 60 meeting rooms).

Replacing the old Georgia Dome, the new multi-purpose Mercedes-Benz Stadium debuted last month. This striking venue, with its retractable roof, is the home of the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United FC soccer team.


JUST PEACHY
Atlanta bartenders get creative when it comes to showcasing Georgia's famed fruit. At Eleanor's, try the Peach Perfect Cocktail, made with rum, peach liqueur, falernum syrup and garnished with a fresh peach slice.

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Local Update

 The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta is set to open in January 2018 with 264 guest rooms (including 28 suites), more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, an elevated pool deck and bar overlooking The Battery Atlanta (a new mixed-use development under construction), and a signature restaurant, Achie's.

 Solis Hotels and Resorts' first U.S. property will debut by year's end near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The 214-room Solis Two Porsche Drive, designed by architecture firm HOK Atlanta and interior design group Peter Silling & Associates, is being built to complement the nearby Porsche Experience Center, where hotel guests will have access to site tours, exclusive driving experiences and more. Among other features are 6,500 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,600-square-foot ballroom, a restaurant and a rooftop lounge. Guests staying in the hotel's nine track-facing suites will have direct views of the Porsche Handling Course, which also can be viewed from the rooftop lounge.

 Ground has been broken for Marriott's first dual-branded AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotel in the city. The $70 million, five-story project, scheduled to open in 2018, will include the 133-room AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown and the 155-room Moxy Atlanta Midtown. The properties will share meeting space, outdoor breakout space, a health and fitness center, and a rooftop pool and bar with outdoor fire pits. The development will include an Arts Walk -- a path that will allow hotel guests and residents alike to take a stroll from 14th Street to the Crescent Avenue entertainment and dining district as well as the Woodruff Arts Center.

 Making news in midtown is the SLS Atlanta Hotel & Residences, a mixed-use development now being built and slated to debut in 2019. The property, featuring 214 guest rooms and 66 condos, will be two blocks from Atlanta's Piedmont Park.

 The 250-room DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody has unveiled a $12 million transformation of its guest rooms and public spaces. The property has approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Azalea Ballroom, which accommodates up to 700 people, and 11 meeting rooms. Other amenities include a market pantry, a 24/7 fitness center and pool, and complimentary WiFi.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Get an insider's look at the workings of news giant CNN with a tour of the network's iconic Atlanta headquarters. Visits include a ride up the world's largest freestanding escalator; insider intel on the workings of the famous weather map; and a peek at the action inside Studio 7, the largest CNN studio. 


SPREADING ITS WINGS
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, is getting bigger and better. The facility is undergoing a $6 billion overhaul to update the domestic terminal and add a new parking deck. Plans also  call for the addition of Concourse G with 10 gates to handle international flights, and two additional concourses.


Meeting Hotels: Among the city's major meeting properties are the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Mar­quis, 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 1,249-room Hilton Atlanta, 1,073-room Westin Peachtree Plaza, 1,038-room Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 520-room Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 466-room W Atlanta--Midtown and 422-room InterContinental Hotel Buckhead,

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

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

Georgia International Convention Center; exhibit space, 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 10; (770) 997-3566

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

Taxes: Room tax, 8.9 %; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.9%, plus $5 per room, per night

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