Georgia World Congress Center to Revamp Exhibit Space, Add Convention Hotel by 2020

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Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau announced its plans for the Georgia World Congress Center as part of the broader 2020 Vision Strategic Plan for the convention center corridor.

The plan includes revamped exhibit space at the convention center that will give the GWCC 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space by linking the current space in buildings B and C.  The GWCC is the fourth largest convention center in the nation, with 1.5 million square feet of prime exhibit space, according to Trade Show Executive’s 2016 World’s Top Convention Center rankings.

“It will be more seamless for exhibitors and large shows to have contiguous space all on one level,” said Mark Zimmerman, General Manager of the GWCC. Zimmerman added that the enhancements “will improve the overall opportunities for show customers to have the space and help drive more customers to campus hotels.”

In addition, the 2020 Vision Plan calls for an 800-room high-rise convention center hotel adjacent to GWCC building C. That project won’t begin until the current Georgia Dome is dismantled and once the new Mercedes Benz Stadium opens next year.

Zimmerman said the start date for the convention center element has not been determined yet, but that the CVB is “actively booking large events and trade shows that could use the existing space” as far out as 2020. The new elements are expected to be complete by the end of that year.

He said those shows booked at the convention center in the interim need not be concerned about disruptions. “We work with the event schedule so we ensure we don’t disrupt any customers,” he said.

Reach Mark Zimmerman at (404) 223-4200 or mzimmerman@gwcc.com