Pro Tips For Attending Any Conference

Your one-stop guide to getting around Atlanta efficiently, plus business trip tips that will come in handy.
  • MARTA's rapid rail transit system is a great way to navigate the city.
    MARTA's rapid rail transit system is a great way to navigate the city.
  • Many attractions are within walking distance of key MARTA stations and downtown hotels. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Many attractions are within walking distance of key MARTA stations and downtown hotels. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Have a question? Look for one of the Atlanta Ambassadors and don't hesitate to ask.
    Have a question? Look for one of the Atlanta Ambassadors and don't hesitate to ask.
  • The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has increased security presence. (📷 Paul Dingman & GWCCA)
    The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has increased security presence. (📷 Paul Dingman & GWCCA)
  • Having a plan for your conference visit is a beautiful thing. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Having a plan for your conference visit is a beautiful thing. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

Atlanta hosted 56 million visitors in 2018 for their leisure, business and convention needs. As is true for most major U.S. cities, meeting attendees should follow the common-sense safety precautions that would be taken anywhere else.

Atlanta's hospitality community works closely with Atlanta Police Department (APD), City of Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Public Safety, Downtown Ambassador Force, Georgia State University Police, MARTA Police and the Federal Protective Service to keep visitors safe.

Below are a few tips attendees can use to have a safe and enjoyable experience while in Atlanta. 

Increased Police Presence

  • APD’s Zone 5 Precinct is located in the heart of the convention corridor on Ted Turner Drive, with mini-precincts located in CNN Center and Midtown. More than 100 officers patrol these areas.
  • The GWCCA has one of the largest security forces in the state of Georgia on its 200-acre campus, which includes Georgia World Congress Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park.
  • More than 65 Ambassador Force staff are positioned throughout the convention corridor from 7 a.m. to midnight.

APD’s Video Integration Center (VIC)

  • Using VIC, police officers can monitor 24/7 video feeds of more than 10,000 public and private sector cameras throughout the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead neighborhoods.

Improved Transportation Options

  • MARTA, Atlanta’s public transit system, also provides direct access from the airport to Atlanta’s three major neighborhoods – Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. Attendees can hop on a MARTA train right outside of baggage claim at the airport for a 15-minute ride into the heart of the city.
  • Atlanta Streetcar connects the convention center, hotels, restaurants and attractions in the convention district, making it even easier for conventioneers to get to and from their meetings and events.
  • In addition to traditional taxi service, ride share companies like Lyft provide Atlanta visitors with 24/7 service via mobile apps.

Safety Checklist

  • Do remove your name badge when not attending meeting related events.

  • Do use the buddy system. There’s safety in numbers when traveling during the evening.

  • Do ask for help from the uniformed Atlanta Ambassadors . Ambassadors can be identified by their red and blue uniforms, and they are often riding Segways.

  • Do be aware of your surroundings. Look for well-lit streets and select routes that are the shortest between your destination and hotel or conference center. Be observant.

  • Don’t give money to panhandlers. Atlanta has special red-colored “giving meters” available to deposit change you might ordinarily give directly to a panhandler.

The most important Do of all is to enjoy your time in Atlanta! For a little inspiration, we’ve included a fun instructional video here.

 

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