501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Closest airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Distance from airport to downtown: 10 miles, 15 minutes
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.
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.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: Features interactive exhibits such as racing simulators and pit crew experiences
Wells Fargo Cultural Campus
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Value or shoulder seasons:
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
VISIT CHARLOTTE EXECUTIVE
What is the best-kept secret about your destination?
“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.”