Atlanta, Georgia is the capital of the South, and famous for its southern hospitality, fine dining, museums, and is the birth place of Coca-Cola and CNN. Few visitors know that Atlanta's skyline has the 3rd tallest building in the USA, following Chicago and New York City. Your event facility, The Georgia World Congress Center is one of the five largest convention centers in the USA.
Atlanta and the GWCC are also the home of Vector Displays, Inc.
Vector Displays is a trade show exhibit fabricator that specializes in large format displays for your convention exhibit or trade show displays. Because we work differently, coordinating closely with our clients year after year, we are the perfect choice for both first-time exhibitors and exhibitors who want to increase their presence with larger displays than they have previously used in the past at industry shows.
Results are what matter. You want your trade show exhibit and convention booth space to produce real, traceable results. Contact John Monteith, JohnM@VectorDisplays.com
, or call us toll-free at 888-299-3119 [and 770-361-8144, here in Atlanta] to discuss your trade show exhibit fabrication project.
FAQ about visiting Atlanta for a trade show or convention:
What is there to do in Atlanta, for show attendees and their families?
Over 18 million visitors come to Atlanta from around the world. There are many attractions to make your trip more than just another convention stop. These include attractions and activities unique to Atlanta, like the CNN Center. It's famous because of CNN and Headline News, which is broadcast in airports and hotels around the world. You can take a tour, watch live broadcasts, and be a part of studio audiences.
Atlanta is the birthplace and home of the Coca-Cola Company the World of Coke museum is worth a visit.
Be sure to have lunch one day at The Varsity, near the Georgia Tech University campus. It's a miracle of fast-food engineering the chili dogs, onion rings, and frosted orange drinks have been a favorite of students, locals, and visitors alike for 75 years.
Atlanta is the home of the Carter Center, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park, and the award-winning Zoo Atlanta.
If you are a sports fan, plan ahead and see the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the NBA Atlanta Hawks, the NHL Atlanta Thrashers, or Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. Each team's stadium is within walking distance or a public transportation commute from your event hotel in downtown Atlanta.
The total population of metro Atlanta, and the suburbs, is spread across an area larger than the entire state of Massachusetts. The state of Georgia has more individually named counties than any other state east of the Mississippi River. Atlanta is really a state of mind, much bigger than the city limits.
What should I know about the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)?
The GWCC in Atlanta opened in 1976. It is one of the best trade show/convention/meeting facilities in the United States. Several major expansions over the years have grown the GWCC to 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space, the fifth largest facility in the U. S. It was a host location for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and is the home of the international broadcast media because of its proximity to CNN Center.
The GWCC is a huge complex and the pride of Atlanta, as the first state-owned and operated major convention center in the United States. The GWCC Building C entrance lobby alone is large enough to display the famous ship, the Titanic. It's over 1,000 feet long, more than 80 feet wide, and just over 90 feet high.
The large exhibit halls, small meeting rooms, hallways, atriums, offices, kitchens, and covered loading docks comprise over 90 acres of floor space to support your event. The GWCC facility staff is second to none, hosting over one million visitors each year and able to serve a seated dinner to 8,500 guests in one sitting. Learn more at www.gwcc.com.
What do Atlanta visitors need to know about ground transportation?
For convention/trade show visitors attending events in the GWCC, getting around Atlanta is easy. The bus and rail transit system is called Metro Atlanta Rapid Transportation Authority (MARTA). It connects you to most major hotels and attractions. Like many European and Asian cities, Atlanta's International Airport has a MARTA rail station. It's right inside the main terminal. When you arrive by air, the MARTA station is located near your baggage claim area. It is the quickest and least expensive way to get to and from downtown Atlanta's hotels and the GWCC. MARTA costs just $1.75 for a one-way trip. MARTA also has special group/convention rates, allowing you unlimited use for the duration of your event. MARTA has two stations for the GWCC. For events in Buildings A and B, use the GA Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station, labeled "W-1" on the route map. For Building C, use the Vine City Station, labeled "W2" on the route map.
Both stations are footsteps away from the entrances to the GWCC. Visit www.ItsMARTA.com
for more information and to print a route map.
The Atlanta Link is a shuttle bus service running between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead sections of Atlanta. The route includes multiple stops at the GWCC, making it another convenient way for convention visitors to get to where they need to be in Atlanta. As an example, a one-way link from the airport to the GWCC is $16.50, but it can drop you at one of several "front doors," including the one for your show. Ask your event organizers about available group rates. To learn more, click www.theatlantalink.com
If you prefer a taxi, they are plentiful and provide a short 10-minute ride from the airport to many downtown event hotels. For destinations not directly on the MARTA or LINK routes, a taxi may be the best choice around Atlanta. Preset rates remove the worry of surprise costs upon arrival at your destination. Trips to and from the airport and the city centers of downtown (U.S. $30), or Midtown and Buckhead, (U.S. $32) are a predictable total fare. Within the downtown and Midtown areas, trips starting and ending inside the zone of downtown or Midtown have a flat rate of U.S. $8. There is a U. S. $2 surcharge for each additional person on any taxi ride.
Once you are on the GWCC campus each day, a GWCC shuttle will move you to and from any of the eight parking lots and the show entrance you need. The ride is free and makes it easy and safe to move around to your campus activities. The shuttles are 15-seat buses with images of the GWCC, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park on the sides. The shuttles typically run one hour before a show opens, making non-stop 15-minute loops until one hour after every show ends. Drivers will know the correct entrance for each event of the day. Just tell them which event you are attending, so you arrive in the right place at the right time.
Automobile rentals are available from all major service providers inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. If you are arriving by air, attending your show, and flying back home, a car rental is unnecessary. The traffic in downtown Atlanta is congested, like any major city. Many visitors find the one-way streets, constant road construction, expensive parking, and roads with similar names confusing. If your visit doesn't require a trip to outlying suburbs or if you are arriving by auto/truck, we recommend using public transportation to get to and from the show each day once you reach your hotel.
Are there activities for my family, while I am working at the convention?
Each year, Atlanta hosts more than 17 million visitors from destinations around the world. Filled with a wealth of attractions and activities, metropolitan Atlanta offers something for everyone. Some of Atlanta's well-known favorites include the Atlanta Cyclorama, CNN Studio Tours, Stone Mountain Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Six Flags over Georgia, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, and Zoo Atlanta. All are within walking distance or a short cab ride from the Georgia World Congress Center.
Atlanta also boasts an active arts and culture community. Atlanta museums, like the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, highlight the arts, the Civil War period, history, science and technology, and African-American history. Art lovers will want to visit the High Museum of Art. The prestigious Atlanta Ballet is the oldest continuously operating ballet company in the U. S. The Fabulous Fox Theatre is home to Broadway musicals and the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
If you are bringing children on your visit to Atlanta, there is plenty for them to do while you are at the show. The World of Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, and the CNN Center tours are all near the GWCC. Six Flags over Georgia will keep them busy all day. The Atlanta Zoo is world renown for the pandas and other exhibits. There are also water parks, golf and tennis facilities, historic tours and train rides, plus the Stone Mountain State Park. Atlanta has a huge variety of attractions to choose from and a warm climate almost year-round. All these factors make our home a popular destination for many international convention and trade show exhibitors.
is a trade show exhibit company that provides fabrication for trade show displays, trade show exhibits, and trade show exhibit stands to major shows in Atlanta, GA
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Get a quote on your specific needs, Call Vector Displays, Inc
Toll-Free at 888-299-3119. [Atlanta Local/International USA +1-770-361-8144]
or contact John Monteith, JohnM@VectorDisplays.com