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                                 SUMMER 2010
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             MEET CHARLOTTE NEWSLETTER:
                                                           Quirky yet Captivating Meeting Appeal
   GINA H. SHERIDAN SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
   & VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
   e-mail: gina.sheridan@crva.com
   voice: 704-331-2703
                                                           DISCOVERY PLACE
                                                           When selecting an off-site venue during a convention, the space should be unexpected, engaging, and
   ASHLEY MAYDAK GRAPHIC DESIGNER                          most importantly, showcase a destination’s newest and coolest assets. Luckily, Charlotte has lots to
   e-mail: ashley.maydak@crva.com
   voice: 704-331-2721                                     choose from. Among the newest is one sure to take convention goer’s back in time to their
                                                           fondest childhood memories. Discovery Place is one the of the region’s leading science centers,
   LAURA HILL MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
   e-mail: laura.hill@crva.com                             which recently got a dramatic $31.6 million facelift. The result? Memorable hands-on laboratories,
   voice:   704-331-2706                                   awe-inspiring aquariums, and an infinite amount of special event potential.

                                                           Discovery Place instantly infuses energy into any event with its fun-loving whimsy and captivating learning experiences. Exhibits range
                                                           from World Alive, where attendees can explore aquatic touch-tanks or look a Moray eel in the eye, to Cool Stuff, where you can lie on a
                                                           bed of nails and launch objects in the air. But not every feature here is meant to make adults feel young at heart.



                                                                                Event space can be rented for up to four hours, while equipment spans banquet rounds, high boys, cocktail tables,
                                                Whether it’s an
                                                                                chairs, and more. The facility can accommodate up to 400 guests banquet-style or approximately 600 for a
                                           elegant dinner for 100 or
                                          an energetic reception for            reception. Events have access to catering from preferred vendors including Something Classic, known for their
                                           500, Discovery Place can             Southern twists on time-tested dishes and use of homegrown ingredients.
                                        make your event unforgettable.
                                       Mingle among interactive science         Just five blocks from the Charlotte Convention Center, the facility is easily walk-able or transit options via the free
                                          exhibits, share world-class           Gold Rush rubber wheeled trolley or LYNX Blue Line light rail are conveniently accessible. For attendees who bring
                                         exhibitions with colleagues,
                                                                                their families, the facility is a not-to-be-missed experience and is an ideal itinerary addition as well as the many
                                              or enjoy fine dining
                                                                                cultural venues and landmarks throughout Center City.
                                                amidst history.




Discovery Place’s Newest ‘Must Sees’
                                                                                                              Fantastic Frogs
Think It Up
                                                                                                              Hop over to this new exhibit
Unleash your inner                                                                                            to see some of the rarest
creativity as you hone                                                                                        species of frogs the world
your skills as an
                                                    3rd Floor                                                 has ever seen. From the
innovator, making shoe                                                                                        yellow-bellied toad to a
prototypes from scrap                                                                                         golden poison dart frog,
materials, designing                                                                                          you’ll be wowed by these                     Explore More Stuff
stop-motion animation videos                                                                                  awesome amphibians.
and mixing music at the                                                                                                                                    A far cry from that high school chemistry
Optimusic dome and the                                                                                                                                     class, this hands-on lab lets you be the
Reactable music station.                                                                                                                                   scientist and experiment with the laws of
                                                                                                                                                           physics and chemistry in a fun, interactive
                                                                                                                                                           setting exploring engineering, solar energy,
                                                        2nd Floor                                                                                          chemical reactions, and more.
Discovery 3D
Theatre                                                                                                                                                                    World Alive
Hold onto your seat. This                                                                                                                                                  New touch tanks and
new feature boasts 15-20                                                                                                                                                   aquarium space are focal
minute short films that                                                                                                                                                     points for this newly
show you a side of science                                                                                                                                                 renovated exhibit that
and nature you’ve never                                                                                                                                                    explores diverse habitats.
seen before. The theatre                                                                                                                                                   Venture into the rainforest
can easily convert for                               1st Floor                                                                                                             and its swinging bridge to
presentations and                                                                                                                                                          scope out tropical birds,
accommodates 250 guests.                                                                                                                                                   reptiles, frogs, plant life
                                                                                                                                                                           and more.


                                                                                                                         For more information on Discovery Place, log on to DiscoveryPlace.org
  Conventions need to rely on a
  number of resources while in town
  and Visit Charlotte is proud to
  connect you with top-notch vendors
  to help you make the most of your




                                                   news
  event. Here’s an example of one such
  relationship – Sterling Events and the
  National Rifle Association.


  “This was my 6th Annual Meeting
  with NRA. I mean it when I say
  that this was my most enjoyable
  program yet and it was because
  of you. Everything was covered,
  there were no questions…you
                                                   National Rifle Association
                                                   The month of May had Charlotte bursting at the seams thanks to the Quail Hollow Championship, the opening of the
  knew our clientele, you knew our                 NASCAR Hall of Fame, May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Ultraswim national swim meet, and the Food Lion
  programs, everything was on-time,                Speed Street 600 Festival. But one heavy hitter took the cake that month, the 139th Annual National Rifle Association
                                                   Annual Meeting. As the largest convention in Charlotte’s history, its star-studded speaker line-up and 80,000 attendees
  your staff was professional – it                 launched the city into the national spotlight May 14 – 16…and we loved every second of it.
  was just unbelievable and I
  cannot thank you enough. You                     The Charlotte Convention Center was abuzz with thousands on hand perusing the booths. Red, white, and blue curtains
                                                   and signage served as a patriotic backdrop amongst the crowds. “We were absolutely full, every inch of the Convention
  made Charlotte the bar and it is                 Center used. That’s the type of event we would love to have every weekend if we could,” described Tim Newman to the
  going to be hard to top…On                       local affiliate, WBTV. National media like CNN and Fox News were heavily represented with crews in place to cover the
                                                   action. Meanwhile at Time Warner Cable Arena, another facility that captured a lot of the Annual Meeting happenings, an
  behalf of the NRA (who is still
                                                   influential lineup of speakers spanned Sarah Palin, Chuck Norris, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, and more.
  ecstatic about the show) thank you.”
                                                   The NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction held in the new Crown Ballroom was a high note during the meeting. One of
                                                   the larger events during the week, over 1,550 people gathered for a petite filet with jumbo crab stuffed prawns topped with
  Kristin Stoner                                   lobster sauce in the new 40,000 square foot space, which connects to the Charlotte Convention Center via an over-street
  Office of Advancement Events Manager              walkway and is directly adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame – an attraction that saw lots of traffic from the event and
  National Rifle Association                        even served as a special event site. Other area venues tapped throughout the week included Charlotte Motor Speedway,
                                                   which hosted the NRA – Institute for Legislative Action in the infield garage and offered up stock car rides around the track.

                                                   As the exhibits, top-shelf seminars, and sought-after speakers drew to a close, the action-packed month kept up the pace.
                                                   May attracted more than 400,000 visitors to the region and generated a whopping $403 million in economic impact.




                                                   CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
                                                                                                  Draws Faithful Attendees
  c h a r l o t t e c o n v e n tio n c tr.c o m   A recent study by Religious Conference Management Association showed that more than 10.2 million attended religious meetings
                                                   last year. A vital audience for DMOs, Charlotte has found strengths in accommodating this market with its accessible location in the
CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER:                       Southeast, selection of 4,100 hotel rooms in Center City and 30,000 citywide, and adaptable venues like the Charlotte Convention
501 South College Street Charlotte, NC 28202       Center and the 20,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena.
voice: 704-339-6061       fax: 704-339-6051


TED LEWIS
GENERAL MANAGER
e-mail: ted.lewis@charlotteconventionctr.com
voice:   704-339-6020


LESLIE A.H. KLUTTZ, CHME
CONVENTION BOOKING MANAGER
e-mail: leslie.kluttz@charlotteconventionctr.com
voice:   704-339-6116




CRVA.COM

TIM NEWMAN - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MIKE CRUM - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

                                                   And this summer, religious meeting planners definitely had faith in Charlotte. The 104th Session of the National Baptist Congress was
                                                   first, convening June 13 – 18 and drawing nearly 12,000 attendees. One week later June 23 – 26, The 20th Annual Cooperative
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                   Baptist Fellowship’s attendance exceeded 2,000. Finally, the Church of God in Christ, the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination,
DERICK CLOSE - CHAIRMAN
                                                   brought in over 30,000 delegates July 5 – 9.
VIOLA ALEXANDER LYLES “VI” - VICE CHAIRMAN
JOSEPH F. HALLOW -TREASURER
                                                   The Charlotte Convention Center was configured a number of ways to make way for exhibits and vendors on the exhibit hall floor,
GEOFF DURBORAW -SECRETARY
                                                   workshops that utilized meeting rooms, and general assemblies that congregated in the facility’s two ballrooms. To accommodate the
RAI GLOVER
                                                   substantial Church of God in Christ general assembly, over 10,000 chairs were set up in Exhibit Halls A and B, a vast sea of seating
ANTHONY LINDSEY
                                                   totaling 200,000 sq. ft.
TOM MANNO
LARRY HUELSMAN
                                                   Spirituality wasn’t the only reason these classes, revivals, concerts, and competitions filled the halls of the Charlotte Convention Center.
J. MICHAEL MCGUIRE
                                                   They each found ways to embrace the local community charities and give back - the Church of God in Christ through Samaritan’s Feet,
VINAY PATEL
                                                   National Baptist Congress through A Child’s Place, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through Loaves and Fishes. “The religious
CALDWELL RAGAN ROSE
                                                   market is a valuable audience for the Queen City and the fact that we hosted three major religious meetings this summer that have all
THOMAS HARPER SASSER
                                                   previously been to Charlotte shows our dedication to cultivating these relationships,” explains Visit Charlotte National Sales Manager
PAUL JAMISON
                                                   Christa Williams. “Our location, hotel package, Center City amenities, and expanded Convention Center make the city a perfect fit.”
Hoteljust the facts
       Sierra:                                              Boutiques
                                                                                                  breaking the hotel mold
  • Opening March 2011                                      The term ‘boutique hotel’ is often used to describe a more luxurious or intimate guest setting. But alas, times are changing and so
                                                            is Charlotte’s hotel landscape. In the Queen City, ‘boutique’ now encompasses environmentally-friendly advancements, historical
  • Located at East Trade and Caldwell (adjacent to         landmark achievements, and sometimes shockingly, a thrifty price tag.
    Time Warner Cable Arena and four blocks
                                                            The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and its green innovations generated more media buzz than any other property the brand has opened
    from the Charlotte Convention Center)
                                                            worldwide. The first Ritz-Carlton to earn a LEED Gold certification, the 146-room hotel was awarded the rating last spring based on
                                                            their site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, and more. Among many sustainable successes, the Green
  • 17 stories                                              Roof is home to two unexpected features; the chef’s garden, which grows lavender, mint, and other fresh herbs and greens as well
                                                            as 80,000 honeybees, which assist in pollination and produce natural honey for the hotel. ritzcarlton.com/charlotte
  • 163 rooms (134 suites – combo of Studio
    Suites with full kitchens and 29 one bedroom
    guest rooms)

  • 2,200 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space
    divisible into two separate spaces

  • 1,840 sq. ft. of outdoor entertaining space
    next to the rooftop pool on the 7th floor




                                                         DUNHILL HOTEL LOBBY                                                                     THE RITZ-CARLTON CHARLOTTE AQUA LOUNGE


                                                            In contrast, the 80-year old Dunhill Hotel’s charms lie in its connection to Charlotte’s spirit. The 60 guest rooms are undergoing a
                                                            $1 million makeover to be completed by year’s end. “These days, against a backdrop of 18th-century European furnishings,
                                                            hand-sewn draperies, and neoclassical embellishments, guests watch flat-screen televisions and surf the web on complimentary
                                                            Wi-Fi,” describes The Charlotte Observer. dunhillhotel.com

                                                            In addition, the 175-room aloft Charlotte Uptown at The EpiCentre and the soon-to-debut 163-room Hotel Sierra (opening March
                                                            2011) are two boutique properties that keep budget top of mind. Both located in Center City, their modern lifestyle conveniences
                                                            and design sensibility aim at giving guests an “experience” with amenities like grab and go markets, multi-purpose common areas,
                                                            and sleek rooms. aloftcharlotteuptown.com; hotel-sierra.com

                                                            To explore meeting possibilities at these venues, contact your Visit Charlotte sales representative.




Visit Charlotte
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                                                            Entertainment District Adds More to the Menu
MIKE BUTTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
e-mail: mike.butts@visitcharlotte.com
                                                            ONLY A YEAR AGO, THE NC MUSIC FACTORY WAS JUST A COLLECTION OF EMPTY COTTON MILL BUILDINGS FROM THE EARLY 20TH
voice:   704-331-2744
                                                            CENTURY. FAST FORWARD TO 2010, AND THE REFURBISHED BUILDINGS HAVE BECOME A SCINTILLATING BACKDROP FOR NIGHTLY
SALES DEPARTMENT:
                                                            CONCERTS, EVENTS, AND PARTIES THAT KEEP VISITORS AND CHARLOTTE’S FINEST COMING BACK FOR MORE. SIGNATURE STAGES
BILL MCMILLAN SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES
e-mail: bill.mcmillan@visitcharlotte.com                    HERE INCLUDE THE INDOOR MUSIC HALL, THE FILLMORE, WHICH ACCOMMODATES 1,500 AND THE ALFRESCO ROAD RUNNER MOBILE
voice:   704-331-2719                                       AMPHITHEATRE WITH ROOM FOR 5,000. BOTH OPERATED BY LIVE NATION, THEY’VE BEEN JOINED BY GLAMOROUS DIGS LIKE THE NEW

REBECCA WAXLER-RAMSEY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SALES           YORK CITY IMPORT BUTTER NC, A SWANKY LOUNGE THAT’S DRAWN THE BLACK EYED PEAS, NICKY HILTON, AND KOURTNEY

e-mail: rebecca.ramsey@visitcharlotte.com                   KARDASHIAN TO ITS RED CARPET THUS FAR.
voice:   704-331-2731


WASHINGTON, DC REGIONAL OFFICE:                             AND THERE’S SOON TO BE MORE. PAINT THE TOWN RED THANKS TO NEW RETREATS MOVING INTO THE COMPLEX INCLUDING A
JILL BUCKLEY NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
                                                            1,000-SQUARE-FOOT NIGHTCLUB BILLED AS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST BAR, A TAPAS RESTAURANT CALLED PLATFORM – THE PET
e-mail: jill.buckley@visitcharlotte.com
voice:   703-845-5922                                       PROJECT OF A LOCAL JOHNSON & WALES GRADUATE, A 2,700 SQ. FT. GOURMET HEALTH FOOD RESTAURANT, A GERMAN-STYLE BEER

                                                            GARDEN AND RIB SHACK, AND A PIZZERIA. LASTLY, MATTIE’S, A DINER STRAIGHT OUT OF 1948, IS SURE TO BE AN INDULGENCE FOR
CHICAGO, IL REGIONAL OFFICE:
CATHERINE MCKENNA NATIONAL SALES MANAGER                    LATE NIGHT SNACKERS.

e-mail: catherine.mckenna@visitcharlotte.com
voice:   773-509-1143
                                                            WHATEVER YOUR PLEASURE, THE NC MUSIC FACTORY HAS JUST THE THING FOR EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR GROUP. WITH A

NATIONAL SALES TEAM:                                        CONVENIENT CENTER CITY LOCATION, MEETING ATTENDEES WON’T HAVE TO GO FAR TO HAVE THE NIGHT OF THEIR LIFE.
General Sales Direct: 1-800-722-1994
BRANT HENKEL / brant.henkel@visitcharlotte.com
                                                            FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NC MUSIC FACTORY, LOG ON TO NCMUSICFACTORY.COM OR CHARLOTTESGOTALOT.COM, OR
ELIZABETH HIGDON / elizabeth.higdon@visitcharlotte.com      CONTACT YOUR VISIT CHARLOTTE SALES REPRESENTATIVE.
ERIN ICENHOUR / erin.icenhour@visitcharlotte.com
JULIE O’SHEA / julie.o’shea@visitcharlotte.com
RANDY SMITH / randy.smith@visitcharlotte.com
CHRISTA WILLIAMS / christa.williams@visitcharlotte.com


SPORTS:
MIKE ANDERSON / mike.anderson@visitcharlotte.com
TIM MORGAN / tim.morgan@visitcharlotte.com


CONVENTION & VISITOR SERVICES:
SUSAN R. SCHWINT DIRECTOR OF CONVENTION
& VISITOR SERVICES
e-mail: susan.schwint@visitcharlotte.com
voice:   704-331-2713

                                                          HALO                                                                                                     WET WILLIES
                                                                         globe-trotting

                                                                                 HOTSPOTS                                  please the palette
                                                                        International flavors can be found in any major metropolis. But ones that truly create food for thought are

                                                                        few and far between. Meeting attendees won’t need a passport to experience these best bets when

                                                                        looking for upscale off-site dining locales or even off-the-beaten-path private dining possibilities. Vida and

                                                                        Kalu are the newest restaurants to hit the Charlotte dining scene and they span the globe…from sombreros

                                                                        to chopsticks.
VIDA MEXICAN KITCHEN Y CANTINA




Located five blocks from the Charlotte
Convention Center and steps from both the new Hotel
Sierra and Time Warner Cable Arena, Kalu Asian Kitchen

serves up a blend of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine

with a twist like the Tori no Tatsuta Age, Japanese style

chicken wings with daikon sauce or custom individual iron

rice pots. A special selection of rare sakes and unexpected

sushi rolls round out an eclectic menu. The 7,000 square

foot space features a private dining area upstairs – a perfect

place for a group to enjoy a meal or casual cocktail. The

concept is the brainchild of Chef Bryan Emperor, a renowned

chef who’s created acclaimed restaurants in Portland and

Charlottesville. kalunc.com                                                     KALU ASIAN KITCHEN                                     KALU ASIAN KITCHEN




                                                                                                                                        Full-bodied flavor fills every dish at Vida
                                                                                                                                        Mexican Kitchen y Cantina in The EpiCentre.


  Meet                                                                                                                                  Opening in September, the 4,500 square foot space

                                                                                                                                        just three blocks from the Charlotte Convention Center



Charlotte
                                                                                                                                        includes an outdoor patio and seating for 250 guests.

                                                                                                                                        Upstairs, a mezzanine area will provide private dining

                                                                                                                                        accommodating 45-50 seated or 60 standing.

                                                                                                                                        Imported tequilas are a staple for this authentic

                                                                                                                                        cantina, not to mention south of the border eats like

                                                                                                                                        tamales, tacos, ceviche, and more. vidacantina.com

                                                                                                                                        To sample more of Charlotte’s local flavors, view dining
                                                                                                                                        suggestions at charlottesgotalot.com/dining
                                    SUMMER 2010                                 VIDA MEXICAN KITCHEN Y CANTINA




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