Groups may come to College Park, Georgia, for the convenience, but leave pleasantly surprised—and likely to return—thanks to a series of new renovations. Located 10 minutes south of downtown Atlanta, College Park is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (the world’s busiest airport, with more than 89 million passengers annually) and 32 hotels.
Easily accessible by complimentary shuttle or the energy-efficient SkyTrain, many airport-area accommodations are upping their game. Take The Westin Atlanta Airport for example. Its focus on health and wellness is evident in its New Balance workout gear loan program, superfood-infused menus and run maps for guests. Then there’s the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. It’s a two-minute SkyTrain ride away from the airport and has been recognized as Silver LEED certified for its green efforts. Its next-door neighbor, the 400,000-sq.-ft. Georgia International Convention Center, has the area’s largest ballroom, measuring 40,000 square feet.
Although not connected to the GICC, the resort-like Atlanta Airport Marriott is preparing for complete renovations of its 638 guest rooms and 11 suites in 2016. Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel is also gearing up for a full-on revamp to the property beginning in January. In late 2016, a Renaissance property is expected to open across from the Marriott Gateway along the SkyTrain line for easy airport access.
Get off-site with a short trip to the Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour, which has one-, two- and two-and-a-half-hour options for groups of all sizes. Learn about the story of the chicken sandwich, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Chick-fil-A offices and experience a few playful photo ops with the ever-popular billboard cows.