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Find

  • Closest airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

  • Distance from airport to downtown: 10 miles, 15 minutes

Stay

  • Total number of meeting hotels and guest rooms: 30,000 citywide; 4,100 in Center City

  • New hotel: The 146-room Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, which opened in fall 2009, marks the upscale chain's first eco-friendly hotel built for LEED Gold certification. Look for green perks such as free parking for hybrids, and complimentary bike usage.

Meet

  • Major convention center: Charlotte Convention Center

  • Number of meeting rooms: 46

  • Capacity of largest, theater-style: 4,200

  • Total exhibit space: 280,000 sq. ft.

  • Meeting facilities features: New 40,000-sq.-ft. Crown Ballroom opens in May 2010.

Enjoy

  • Major Attractions:

    • NASCAR Hall of Fame: Features interactive exhibits such as racing simulators and pit crew experiences

    • Wells Fargo Cultural Campus

    • U.S. National Whitewater Center

When

  • Value or shoulder seasons:

    • July-August

    • Late November-January

New

  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: This astounding collection of mid-20th-century modern art makes its North American debut. The terra cotta tiled structure on South Tryon is a work of art filled with gems by notables such as Picasso, Calder, Warhol, and others. bechtler.org

MIKE BUTTS

VISIT CHARLOTTE EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

mike.butts@visitcharlott.com

Q
What is the best-kept secret about your destination?

A
“It's our Southern hospitality paired with some of the biggest and brightest attractions and amenities the region has to offer. 2010 is a banner year for the city, with new facilities coming on line that will surely enhance meetings and convention for decades to come.”

“INJECTING SOME HIGH-OCTANE ENERGY INTO CHARLOTTE'S ALREADY SUBSTANTIAL AUTO-RACING ROOTS, THE NEW NASCAR HALL OF FAME TOUTS A FEAST FOR THE SENSES TO HONOR ITS HEROES.”