Georgia World Congress Center
The Georgia World Congress Center or GWCC is placed in the heart of downtown Atlanta, at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NE. The GWCC includes the convention center, the Centennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Dome, all located near other places of interest such as Philips Arena and the CNN Center. As the fourth largest convention center in the United States at 130,000 m2, the GWCC hosts a variety of events each year, during which it welcomes more than a million visitors.
The GWCC campus spreads over 1.4 million square feet of prime exhibit space, and includes 105 meeting rooms, 12 exhibit halls, 2 ballrooms, the Georgia Dome with 71,500 seats and the Centennial Olympic Park (21 acres). The center was deigned by local architects and consists of three adjacent buildings, called A, B, and C. The largest is Building B, with five exhibit halls and the huge Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom (3,065m2). Among other amenities, the GWCC has a Starbucks coffee shop, internet access, a gift shop, a food court and a concierge desk. Transportation within the complex is ensured by the freight rail tracks, while pedestrian bridges make the connection between exhibit halls. One of the world's best convention, entertainment and sports venue, the GWCC opened its doors in 1976 with over (32,516 m2) of exhibit space. At the time, it was the first convention center owned and operated entirely by the state. Numerous expansions took place in the following years, phases II, III and IV being completed in 1985, 1992, and 2002. In 1996 the Georgia World Congress Center campus is taken over by the Centennial Olympic Games, hosting handball, judo, table tennis, fencing, wrestling, weightlifting competitions and a section of the modern pentathlon. Moreover, also set up inside the GWCC is the International Broadcast Center for media around the world.
With over 92,000 hotel rooms to choose from, Atlanta has a wide range of lodging possibilities. The Georgia World Congress Center is placed nearby some of the major hotels in Atlanta. Since metropolitan Atlanta has something to offer to everyone, the downtown hotels host more than 17 millions visitors each year, coming from worldwide destinations. Some of their favorite attractions are the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta Cyclorama, Stone Mountain Park, the World of Coca Cola Museum and Zoo Atlanta, all within walking distance from the GWCC.
Art lovers will certainly not be disappointed by Atlanta's cultural background, visiting the High Museum of Art, enjoying the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, an Andrew Lloyd Weber production or the Atlanta Ballet. All these plus the warm climate throughout the year make Atlanta a popular tourist destination.