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					Development in Atlanta Something new opens every day in Atlanta. Here is a brief overview of openings, expansions and redevelopments happening in the city. 2008 Recent Completions Hilton Garden Inn Comes to Downtown Hilton Garden Inn opened near the Georgia Aquarium and Georgia World Congress Center on March 25, 2008, adding 242 rooms to the market. The hotel was developed by Legacy Property Group as part of their mixed-use facility Park Pavilion, which will encompass 32,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and parking. W Hotel Midtown Transformation The Sheraton Colony Square Hotel at Peachtree and 14th streets has been transformed into a sleek, ultra-modern W with 466 rooms that opened on March 18, 2008. The property features the first Bliss Spa to open in Georgia and celebrity chef Jean-George Vongerichten’s famous restaurant, Spice Market. The Luxurious Mansion Opens on Peachtree The Mansion, a luxury hotel in Buckhead, features 127 hotel rooms, a 15,000-square-foot spa and 4,000-square-foot fitness center. Neo, a contemporary Italian restaurant, opened May 8 and celebritychef Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant opens this fall. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Completes Major Renovation The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has completed a $138 million renovation, adding 40,000 square feet of meeting space, seven new restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center and updated technology. The hotel has also established several environmentally-friendly initiatives including using fluorescent lighting and installing a water recycling plant. Hyatt Regency Atlanta Gets New Look Beginning this summer, Hyatt Regency Atlanta is investing more than $15 million in renovations and innovations to its guest room product, ballrooms and exhibit space. When completed, the hotel will feature a stylish new look and will provide more than 54,000 square-feet of contiguous exhibit space. In addition, a pedestrian bridge that connects Hyatt and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis will be installed. The Millennium Gate The Millennium Gate is a 73-foot tall monumental arch dedicated to Atlanta’s philanthropic families. The monument is located near Atlantic Station and can be compared to the Washington Arch in New York, the Wellington Arch in London, the Carrousel Arch in Paris and the Siegestor Arch in Munich. This new attraction opened on July 4, 2008.

AmericasMart Gets Makeover Atlanta’s downtown trade complex facility, AmericasMart has added a new two-story ballroom and event facility. This 70,000-square-foot addition will be placed on top of Building 1 of the AmericasMart complex. The new space will be used for weddings, corporate events and gala parties. AmericasMart is the largest wholesale marketplace of its kind and attracts more than 548,000 attendees to its facility space of 6.2 million square feet. Sky Hike Opens at Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain, Georgia’s most visited attraction, celebrated its 50 th year of outdoor fun by adding Sky Hike, a new attraction which opened in May 2007. Daredevils can trek through the treetops on the nation’s largest family adventure course with suspended bridges, high ropes and vertical nets. Experience new challenges, some up to 40 feet in the air, while secured to the patented overhead safety system. Georgia World Congress Center Receives Energy Efficient Upgrades After the March 2008 tornado, buildings A and B of the Georgia World Congress Center received several energy efficient upgrades. The upgrades will include new ceiling tiles, safety glass that is also safer in the case of inclement weather, new fabric wall panels in the concourses, over 30 refurbished or replaced escalators and new roofs over Buildings A, B and C Concourses. Also coming in 2008 W Hotel Opens in Buckhead and Downtown Two additional W Hotels, the urban boutique hotel of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., are slated to open in Buckhead and Downtown. The new W Buckhead Hotel will open on November 1, 2008 with 291 guest rooms, rooftop bar, a two-story restaurant and 7,000-square-feet of meeting space. The 237-room downtown property will open January 2009, complete with a Bliss spa and helicopter pad. This addition will give Atlanta the most W hotels in any U.S. market other than New York. New 46-Story Mixed Use Tower Coming to Buckhead The Stratford, a planned 43-story project, includes $6 million condominiums, a 300-room hotel and ultra-chic fashion boutiques. Scheduled to open in 2008, phase one of the project will include stores on Peachtree Street with three floors of condominiums above. In phase two of the project, scheduled for completion in 2009, a luxury 300-room Hilton will rise on top of the condominium floors with 190 more condos above the hotel. The last phase consists of a 20-story tower with 300 condominiums built behind the hotel. CONRAC Constructed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport The new Consolidated Rental Agency Complex (CONRAC) will be a centralized area housing all the airport’s rental car companies. An Automated People Mover System will operate from HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport to the new CONRAC facility, with an intermediate stop at the Georgia International Convention Center.

2009 InterContinental Hotels Group Launches Two Additional Hotel Indigo Properties In early 2009, Atlanta’s second Hotel Indigo will open on Ellis Street in Downtown. Formerly the historic Carnegie building, the boutique property will feature wall murals that change every four years in guest rooms and a lobby with changing backgrounds, music and scents to complement the seasons. Hotel Indigo College Park, near Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, will open in summer 2009 with retro, eclectic décor. This 142-room property will be one block from the College Park MARTA station and the closest hotel to the Atlanta airport and the Georgia International Convention Center. Palomar Hotel Scheduled to Open in Midtown A $100 million investment will be funding the 304-room hotel and 38 residences of Palomar Hotel which will be located in Midtown at the corner of Abercrombie and West Peachtree Streets in early 2009. This pet-friendly property will be a part of Kimpton Hotels & Resorts and include an onsite fitness center and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Atlanta Botanical Garden Green Expansion Atlanta Botanical Garden will open a new LEED certified visitor center and parking facility in Summer 2009. The addition will include a new pedestrian path that will connect pedestrians from Piedmont Avenue to the Visitor Center and directly to Piedmont Park. This expansion will also include Canopy Walk, a 600-foot-long, 45-foot-high “skywalk” through the treetops of Storza Woods. By 2010, the current parking lot will be replaced with a new Edible Garden and outdoor cooking demonstration kitchen. Luxurious St. Regis Opens in Buckhead An ultra-luxurious 26-story hotel, the St. Regis, is scheduled to open spring 2009 with 150 rooms and 50 condos at Peachtree and West Paces Ferry Roads in Buckhead. The St. Regis is to offer top-drawer services and amenities and include a 9,200-square-foot ballroom. 2010 Georgia Aquarium Expands with New Dolphin Exhibit The Georgia Aquarium is adding a $110 million dolphin exhibit that will open by the end of 2010. The additional 84,000 square-feet of space and 1.3 million gallon exhibit will include dolphin encounters, viewing windows and dolphin shows. Women’s Professional Soccer League to create Atlanta Team Women's Professional Soccer, a league planning to debut in April 2009, has added Atlanta to its expansion list for 2010. Atlanta will be the ninth team in the league. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Comes to Midtown The Mandarin Oriental Hotel will move its U.S. development offices to Atlanta from New York City and will open a $10 million hotel with 200 rooms, 70 residences and a three-story spa. Loews Atlanta Hotel to Anchor 12 th and Midtown Loews Atlanta Hotel, a member of Associated Luxury Hotels International, will be the centerpiece of 12th & Midtown, a mixed-use development that will be part of the forthcoming Midtown Mile. Slated to open in April 2010 with interiors by Daroff Design, Loews Atlanta will have 414 guest rooms and

more than 24,000 square-feet of ballroom and meeting space. Streets of Buckhead to Add Two Major Hotels The Streets of Buckhead, a $1.5 billion luxury retail/hotel development, is scheduled to add a Baccarat Hotel and 1 Hotel. The Baccarat Hotel will be a mixed-use development and with 100 guest rooms, 42 condominiums and a Baccarat crystal boutique. 1 Hotel, with 225 hotel rooms and 48 condos, will be a two-tower structure with a spa in the middle. It will also feature retail space and will be LEED certified, meaning it will have to meet certain green building standards. Center for Civil and Human Rights The Center for Civil and Human Rights will offer visitors insight into the contributions made by Atlantans and Georgians to the historic struggle for African-American freedom and equality. In addition, the Center will house the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and feature interactive audio and video exhibits. The Center will also include a meeting and performance space for artistic and educational programming. The location for the facility, which is adjacent to the New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, will contribute to the continued revitalization of Atlanta’s downtown core. Hard Rock Bringing Hotel Brand Downtown A Hard Rock Hotel will be the focal point of a contemporary mixed-use development near the Georgia Aquarium. This 270-room hotel that promises a rock-star experience will open in late 2010. Hilton Comes to Midtown A new Hilton property* is coming to Midtown. Planned for the corner of 10 th street and Williams Street near Georgia Tech, the hotel will have approximately 182 rooms. *Land has been purchased but development not confirmed. 2011 One of the World’s Most Accessible Airports Expands The latest improvements to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport include a $5.4 billion development program which will expand, repair and upgrade designated areas within the airport’s facilities. In 2011, a new international terminal will be completed, allowing passengers to access the landside without having to use an automated people mover. It will include access to the roadway, a parking structure and a provision for the southern MARTA extension to the terminal. Concourse E is expanding with 900,000 new square feet, including international passenger ticketing facilities, 10 additional gates, two levels of curb-front parking and approximately 1,100 public parking spaces adjacent to the terminal. An expanded airport people mover will also provide direct access to MARTA. 2012 Center for Puppetry Arts Plans Jim Henson Wing Expansion and New Exhibition The Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest museum dedicated to puppetry in North America, is planning to open a Jim Henson wing, which will double the museum’s current size and will allow for the museum to bring many of its 4,500 collectibles out of storage. The museum will also open a new, longterm exhibition in 2010, bringing to life puppetry’s global and ancient history.

New Development in Northern Downtown A new nine-block, mixed-use development, located on the northern edge of downtown, brings restaurants such as French American Brasserie, Au Bon Pain, Room at TWELVE and Mellow Mushroom to Downtown. The W Hotel Downtown will be the next addition in January, 2009. When the final phase is completed, the plaza will include more than two million square-feet of office space; 200,000 square-feet of neighborhood retail and restaurants; more than 3,000 residences; and more than 500 luxury hotel rooms. The project, expected to be completed in 2012, will cost a total of $1.95 billion. 2013 National Health Museum Comes to Downtown
The National Health Museum will be located in downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park with an estimated 1.1 million to 1.4 million visitors annually. The museum will be a 21st century science-based attraction with the mission of inspiring Americans to live healthier lives through access to knowledge and themed exhibits focused on the life sciences. The physical museum will deliver health-related content and experiences to millions of visitors, inspire America’s next generation of caregivers and life scientists and help the nation remain at the forefront of health discovery, technology, practice and care.

Other Recent Developments World of Coca-Cola Attraction Relocates and Expands World of Coca-Cola moved to a new location beside the Georgia Aquarium in May, 2007. The 75,000square-foot attraction houses more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than four acres of outdoor space. Visitors can expect more samples at the popular serving stations where guests taste the variations of Coke around the world. Cobb Welcomes Energy Performing Arts Centre Cobb Galleria opened a $106 million multipurpose performing arts center in September 2007. The first phase includes a 2,750-seat theater, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics and a parking facility. Future phases of the project include plans for a 700-seat recital hall and 200-seat black box teaching theater. Historic Winecoff Hotel Becomes the Ellis Hotel Located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, the 127-room Ellis Hotel is a highly anticipated new boutique hotel in the space that was formerly the Winecoff Hotel. The hotel underwent a $26.8 million renovation and opened October 2007. The hotel houses a ground-floor café and a second floor devoted to meeting space, a cocktail lounge and dining. Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism. ### For more information, please contact ACVB Public Relations:
Lauren Jarrell Director 404.521.6649 Sarah Solomon Specialist 404.521.6645 Suzanne Forte Specialist 404.521.6632 Amanda Latson Coordinator 404.521.6398


Hotel Development in Atlanta: Quick Reference
Recent Openings:
                  Sept. 17, 2007: TWELVE Centennial Park Oct. 1, 2007: The Ellis March 18, 2008: W Hotel Midtown (formerly Sheraton Colony Square) Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown, near Georgia Aquarium: March 25, 2008 Mansion on Peachtree-Buckhead: May 1, 2008 W Atlanta – Buckhead: Nov. 1, 2008 W Atlanta – Downtown: January 2009 Palomar Hotel-Midtown: early 2009 Hotel Indigo-Downtown, historic Carnegie Building: early 2009 St. Regis-Buckhead: Spring, 2009 Hotel Indigo College Park: Summer 2009 Hilton-Buckhead (at the Stratford)

2008: 2009:

Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Midtown 1 Hotel-Streets of Buckhead Hard Rock-Downtown Loews-Midtown Mile Baccarat Hotel and Residences-Streets of Buckhead Hilton Garden Inn or Homewood Suites-Near Ga. Tech *Property purchased but development not confirmed

            Marriott Marquis: $138 million Hyatt Regency Atlanta, $15 million Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, $8.5 million Embassy Suites - Atlanta Airport, $6 million Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, $5.7 million Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, $5.5 million Westin Peachtree Plaza, $4.85 million The Regency Suites Hotel, $4 million Sheraton Gateway Hotel - Atlanta Airport, $3.4 million Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, $3 million Grand Hyatt Atlanta, $1.99 million Omni Hotel at CNN Center, $1.13 million