With a robust hotel pipeline, two gleaming new sports arenas -- Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park -- and ambitious plans to expand its convention corridor, Atlanta is boosting its already impressive range of venues and options for meetings and conventions.
NEW ON THE SCENE
• The 166-room AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza debuted this summer. The property includes 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a lounge, a library and a fitness club.
• The 200-room Hotel Indigo Downtown opened in January 2016 in one of downtown Atlanta's first office buildings, 230 Peachtree St. The hotel, which has three meeting rooms, occupies the first nine floors.
A HIKE IN HOSPITALITY
With about 80 new properties in the works, Atlanta has one of the fastest-growing hotel construction pipelines in the United States, according to consulting firm Lodging Econometrics.
• The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has launched a strategic plan, "2020 Vision," that includes the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art, retractable-roof sports arena that will double as an event venue, to be completed in 2017. The plan also calls for an 800- to 1,100-room high-end convention center hotel to open adjacent to the Congress Center's building C and the addition of 1 million square feet of exhibit space between buildings B and C, a significant boost to the 1.4 million square feet currently available.
• The SLS Atlanta Hotel & Residences, a mixed-use development, is slated to debut in 2019. The property, which will have 214 guest rooms and 66 condos, will be two blocks from Atlanta's Piedmont Park in mid-town. Details about meeting space have not yet been announced.
• The 260-room Omni Atlanta Hotel at SunTrust Park will be the flagship hotel of SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new ballpark and mixed-use project. The $452 million complex, including the hotel, is scheduled to open in 2017. The Omni is slated to have 12,500 square feet of meeting space, an elevated pool deck and bar overlooking the plaza and ballpark, and a signature restaurant.
• Also coming online in 2017 is the 260-room AC Hotel by Marriott Downtown. The former Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown Centennial Park will undergo a $20 million renovation before it is reflagged. The property has one meeting room.
• The 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis has completed a $78 million refurbishment. Guest rooms now offer multipurpose work surfaces, smart TVs and upgraded bathrooms, and the property's 160,000 square feet of meeting space has been outfitted with increased bandwidth. Other enhancements include tech upgrades to the concierge lounge.
• The 204-room Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel is slated to open in early 2017 with 6,500 square feet of meeting space in addition to a 3,220-square-foot ballroom. The hotel will be connected to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport via SkyTrain.
• Ponce City Market, an urban food hall and retail area housed in the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, debuted last year. The market's newest feature is Skyline Park, a rooftop vintage theme park with classic arcade games, mini-golf and a three-story slide.
Savor one of the succulent fish and seafood noshes at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp
-- known as Dub's -- in the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market. The oyster menu changes daily.
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has begun work on a multiyear, $6 billion expansion to update the domestic terminal and concourses. Initial moves include construction of a parking deck, five new gates on Concourse T, terminal modernization and preparations for a new 10-gate Concourse G.
Meeting Hotels: Among the city's major meeting properties are the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 1,178 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%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16%, plus $5 per room, per night
Group Venue: A museum and more, The World of Coca-Cola features a number of spaces -- including the lobby, loft, theater, tasting room and Bottle Cap Suite -- that can host receptions and meals for up to 1,500 attendees. Private VIP tours that include the history of the famed soft drink also can be organized. (404) 676-5151
Contact: Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, (404) 521-6600