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Georgia World Congress Center


Where big, Southern spaces meet big, Southern hospitality


Flexible venues The Georgia World Congress Center is the heart of Atlanta’s convention corridor, but the facility is anything but conventional. The complex encompasses 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space, two ballrooms, three auditoriums, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park.


As the fourth-largest convention center in the United States, within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the country’s population, the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta has the flexible spaces and easy accessibility the largest meetings and con- ventions demand. But Atlanta has another asset other destinations don’t — genuine Southern hospitality. Throw in a host of world- class attractions, dining, and shopping, and it’s no wonder Atlanta attracts more than 39.7 million visitors every year. The 3.9-million-square-foot GWCC is the


anchor of Atlanta’s convention corridor. The facility’s 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space — spread over 12 halls, 106 meeting rooms, three auditoriums, and two ballrooms — have hosted events of every kind and size. The complex also includes the 71,250-seat


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Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, which offers 21 acres of lush lawns, pavilions, and an amphitheater. Getting to and around the GWCC is easy for attendees, with two on- site MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Tran- sit Authority) stations and more than 15,000 parking spaces within walking distance. They say that getting there is half the bat-


tle, but not in Atlanta. Nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour flight, and three interstates converge in the heart of the city. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, just 10 miles south of downtown, is the busiest passenger airport in the world, serving 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. The new, 12-gate Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal opened in May 2012, creating a 40-gate international


air-travel complex. The new terminal has also eliminated the luggage-rechecking process thanks to upgraded customs and border- patrol facilities. Atlanta’s compact convention corridor


has everything meeting attendees need for a productive yet entertaining meeting experi- ence. Metropolitan Atlanta has 92,000 total hotel rooms, 10,000 of which are within a one-mile radius of the GWCC. Attendees will also find plenty of attractions, dining, and entertainment within close walking distance, including the World of Coca-Cola and Geor- gia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. Atlanta has an impressive collection of art museums and rich historical sites to explore, from the High Museum of Art to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Perform- ing-arts enthusiasts can take in plays, musi-


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