City Spotlight: Montgomery, Alabama

By Jennifer Glatt, January 7, 2015

Montgomery’s historic past and promising future are what attract people to the area, from its significance during the Civil Rights Movement to the revitalized downtown and array of new museums, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, says Courtney Williams, marketing and events manager for Montgomery Chamber Convention and Visitor Bureau.

The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center is city’s largest meeting property. It has 140,000 square feet of total meeting space, including a 1,800-seat performing arts theater and the 73,000-sq.-ft. on-site exhibit hall. The AAA Four Diamond property has 342 guest rooms, a European spa and a restaurant.

Montgomery is a mix of old and new, and a few historic venues have been renovated and reimagined for the 21st century. Take 129 Coosa, located above Central Restaurant, which was built in 1895 as a downtown Montgomery warehouse. The fully renovated second story space now hosts up to 300 people for receptions in addition to intimate meetings, seminars, luncheons, dinners and parties. The Warehouse at Alley Station is downtown Montgomery’s newest event venue for small concerts and music events, as well as galas and meetings for up to 300.

Terri Campbell, director of travel services for Sixel Consulting Group based in Eugene, Oregon, chose Montgomery for her company’s annual conference because of the city’s walkability and Southern hospitality. The ease of moving attendees between daytime meetings and evening venues was an attractive attribute of the city, Campbell notes. Her group enjoyed the ability to explore the Civil Heritage Trail when they did not have scheduled meetings, and “were able to stroll through the various intersections of our country’s history where so many defining moments occurred,” says Campbell.

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