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> destination spotlight New in Atlanta ATLANTA IS ON the cusp of another development boom. In 2016, the city will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games, which served as a catalyst for growth in Atlanta. As this trend continues over the next few years, Atlanta will open another $2.5 billion in new hospitality development including several hotels, attraction expansions and two new stadiums. Here are some of the latest developments happening throughout the city this year. To learn more about what's going on in Atlanta, visit Urban Food Halls Travelers looking for a taste of Atlanta can visit Atlanta's three urban food halls - Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market and Sweet Auburn Curb Market - where home-grown chefs have opened stalls and outposts from their regular businesses. Krog Street Market is housed in a renovated 1920s warehouse in Atlanta's historic Inman Park neighborhood. Krog Street features new dining concepts from Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry and Top Chef Contestant Eli Kirshtein, alongside food stalls from local favorites. Ponce City Market is prominently located along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail with the Central Food Hall that includes stalls from some of Atlanta's popular James Beard Award-winning chefs, including Anne Quatrano and Linton Hopkins. Dining and retail openings continue throughout 2016 including Boti, Biltong Bar, and Marrakesh. Sweet Auburn Curb Market is Atlanta's oldest public market filled with local vendors, chefs and restaurateurs own favorite stalls including Bell Street Burritos, Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Sweet Auburn Bakery. New Hotels The new Hotel Indigo, which opened in January of this year, is located in one of downtown Atlanta's first office buildings, 230 Peachtree Street. The $60-million project converted the first nine floors of 230 Peachtree into 206 guest rooms and suites. The hotel sits near the Atlanta Streetcar route and also connects to the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. It is 28 Winter 2016 Atlanta's third Hotel Indigo, a lifestyle brand from InterContinental Hotels Group. In just a few months, the first AC Hotel by Marriott will open in Atlanta. AC Hotel Buckhead will be located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Wieuca Road and adjacent to Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza. It will offer 166 rooms and suites and a variety of amenities, including the AC Lounge, 2,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, the AC Library, health and fitness center, as well as an indoor pool. Finally, Hilton Worldwide will expand its Home2 Suites by Hilton brand into downtown Atlanta in April. Set on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park, the extended-stay hotel is steps from World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center and Georgia Aquarium. Just for Fun SkyTower Atlanta will be a 225-foot-tall attraction overlooking Centennial Olympic Park and will feature three rides including the SkyTwist, which brings up to 20 riders from the street-level to the top of a 225-foot tall tower in a giant all-glass gondola that rotates; the SkyDrop, which sends riders on a free fall from 225 feet in the air; and the SkyShot, a sling ride that vaults riders over 200 feet in the air. This spring, the Georgia Aquarium will open the new Sea Lion Gallery, which will be home to two rescued sea lion pups and will include an exhibit and show. Also this year, Six Flags Over Georgia will renovate and expand Bugs Bunny World, which features rides for kids and visits by the Warner Bros. cartoon characters. The area will be reborn as Bugs Bunny Boomtown. Adjoining it will be a new area called DC Super Friends, with rides and attractions carrying the names of popular DC Comics superheroes.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Georgia Poultry Federation Goes All In with Avian Flu Communications
Take AIM with Your Communications in 2016
Promoting and Leveraging Your Meeting Content
Why Every Leader Needs a Magic Wand and Glass Slippers
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE Luncheon & Tradeshow
December Holiday Luncheon
Thought Leadership Meeting Tips
Destination: Atlanta
Choices: With All Due Respect, Let Us Speak
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Winter 2016