Atlanta has a hold on the meetings and events experience, and it shows. The past four years, the city has spent $5.1 billion on its conference services infrastructure. The dedication, planning and investments have resulted in an unbelievable citywide campus of new developments for meetings and events in Atlanta. Here's a summary of what’s new in ATL.
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2018 at a Glance
Over 100 million passengers traveled through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year; 52 million visited Atlanta for meetings, vacations or business. While staying, they spent over $15 billion in expenses, dining and recreation.
The downtown epicenter, "The Big 6," has also come to fruition, providing 60% of the city’s lodging, 75% of its exhibition capacity, over 300 places to dine and countless activities within walking distance.
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Venue Growth for Visitors & the Community
New developments have shaped Atlanta with millions of square feet of dedicated meeting and event space. Two major venues have been developed in the past few years, resulting in high-tech event spaces that create unforgettable experiences.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium was completed in 2017 and hosted Super Bowl LIII, a constant flow of Atlanta Falcons fans, Atlanta United FC matches and concerts, and will host the NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020! The 75,000-capacity stadium offers affordable food and beverage options and uniquely modern architecture. The adjacent Home Depot Backyard provides a multipurpose park that’s fun for everyone, from families to tailgaters.
Since 1996, Centennial Olympic Park has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, the park hosts world-renowned music festivals like ONE Musicfest and Sweet Water 420 Fest, accommodates 10,000 runners at the Publix Atlanta Marathon and provides entertainment throughout the holidays. In the not-too-distant future, the Campus is planning on expanding its hall space, providing better transportation and developing an all-encompassing experience of "sleep, stay, play" with the addition of a luxury brand Hilton.
The Expansion of Luxury & Boutique Lodging
With such an influx of global visitors, Atlanta has allowed some great properties to flourish throughout its business and entertainment districts. The newly renovated Candler Hotel in the downtown district provides a touch of historic Atlanta while offering 265 rooms, 6,000 square feet of event space, and highly-rated dining options. Similarly, The Kimpton Overland provides a touch of boutique in the airport district. Within the modernly decorated halls, there are 214 rooms, 6,500 square feet of event space and a nightly wine hour (not too shabby for an airport property!). On the horizon is the much-awaited Intercontinental Hotel to join the ranks of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is slated to open late 2020.
From 2019-2020, Atlanta intends to stay on the cutting edge of meeting and event needs. From infrastructure and logistics to hospitality and recreation, expect the city to always be your number one choice.
Take advantage today so that you’ll be prepared for tomorrow's Atlanta! Contact the team or start your RFP.