Atlanta’s downtown meetings and entertainment district is in the midst of some major developments. By 2022, Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) campus will have welcomed the completion of a $27-million re-envisioning of Centennial Olympic Park — an ideal spot for intimate and large-scale outdoor events — and Signia Hilton, a 30-story, 975-room hotel offering 75,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition, the Atlanta BeltLine — a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails and green space on a transformed former railroad corridor — will ultimately connect 45 of the city’s neighborhoods.
“Enhancements made around GWCCA reinforce our walkable convention and entertainment district by reducing traffic and creating pedestrian-friendly pathways throughout the campus,” said Mark Vaughan, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau’s executive vice president and chief sales officer.
While updates to the GWCCA campus will make the downtown convention district more walkable for those dashing outside in between event education sessions, the BeltLine will allow conference attendees to navigate the city and experience the best of its dining scene, neighborhoods, and outdoor attractions.
Considered one of the most important rail-transit projects in the country, the Atlanta BeltLine has had a big impact on the Southern destination — helping to improve the lives of city residents and offering a new experience for visitors. Along the BeltLine, meeting attendees will find many dining options for groups of all sizes. Ponce City Market — including Skyline Park, and RFD Social — offers restaurant and bar options, entertainment, and unparalleled rooftop views of Atlanta. Nearby Krog Street Market is a nine-acre mixed-use development featuring West Coast-style merchants and celebrity chef-inspired restaurants.
Other dining spots along the BeltLine include Westside’s Lee + White Food & Beverage District, a 23-acre hub where delegates can enjoy a craft beer or a handmade gelato or sample TWO Urban Licks, which serves favorites like smoked salmon chips and pimento cheese hush puppies, Jai Ho Indian Kitchen, featuring authentic Indian cuisine including chicken tikka, Barcelona Wine Bar, perfect for post-meeting drinks and tapas, or Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, a campfire-and-lodge themed restaurant serving local beer at a one-of-a-kind bar.
The re-envisioned convention district and the BeltLine are transforming Atlanta into an even more walkable, accessible meetings destination offering attendees an abundance of opportunities to get outside and explore what the city has to offer.