Atlanta is a bustling metropolis at the heart of southern hospitality and culture. Known as the Athens of the South, Atlanta is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies. Of the 18, four of the companies rank in the top 100, including The Home Depot (ranked 33), United Parcel Service (ranked 47), Coca-Cola Company (ranked 63) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (ranked 73).
It’s of no surprise that Atlanta has been ranked as one of the top business climates in the country according to many sources. Logistical support, as provided by the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, coupled with a tax environment that is conducive for both business and expansion opportunities for business facilities makes the city an attractive place to do business.
If you are looking for a place to hold your next important business meeting, it is crucial to look for Atlanta hotels that have exclusive use of their meeting space, a room with floor to ceiling windows to let in some sun and even an outdoor balcony for fresh air during refreshment breaks. Here are five other things that you should consider before booking your business meeting and accommodations in the city.
- Availability of Meeting Spaces Appropriate for Your Needs
One of the things that should be considered when planning your business meeting in Atlanta is the availability of meeting spaces that meet your group’s needs. The number of people attending your meeting, along with the types of topics or nature of the meeting will dictate the type of space that you should be considering. A convention style gathering of several thousand attendees will require you to consider things as a large gathering room for welcoming talks, receptions, special events (e.g., award ceremonies, recognition dinner, etc.) and breakout rooms for individual and small group sessions. If you are trying to relay important information to a group of 30-40 people, look for a hotel with quiet or exclusive meeting space.
- Availability of Accommodations
You have to plan months in advance of a gathering in order to take advantage of seasonal occupancy rates, or those rates that better adhere to your business’s budgetary guidelines. According to data provided by Smith Travel Research, hotel occupancy rates for Atlanta were at about 70 percent for 2015. These rates, which were as high as 80 percent in the month of July, mean that you need to plan early enough to ensure that there are adequate accommodations available for your meeting. The more time you have in advance of your meeting to reserve Atlanta hotels, the better suited you will be to host your gathering in the city and not worry about spreading your attendees too far from the planned events and meetings.
- Access to Cultural Sites and Entertainment Spaces
A business meeting should include close proximity of the cultural attractions in the city as well as entertainment venues, including local nightspots and restaurants. There are many cultural attractions located within walking distance of downtown Atlanta Hotels. You can spend some time exploring the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games at Centennial Olympic Park, or schedule a tour for your group to go to the Georgia Aquarium. Millions of tourist check out the exhibits at the World of Coca-Cola Museum each year, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Center & the National Center for Civil and Human Rights are also places of interest for your guests to enjoy.
Considering your meeting’s access and proximity to major attractions is a great way to bring excitement among your attendees, and improve the potential for success and full participation. Your attendees should have the ability to unwind and walk around between sessions, find places to eat, and network with co-workers and potential business partners.
- Easy Travel Access for Meeting Attendees
According to the Airports Council International’s World Traffic Report, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. Ninety-six million passengers passed through the gates of the airport in 2014, and this level of traffic should be something to consider when planning your meeting. The airport is a major connection hub for many southern cities, as well as for routes to South America, Europe, Canada and the Far East. This means that for your attendees, flying in and out of the city from almost anywhere domestically (and internationally) should not be a problem.
- Multiple Ground Transportation Options Between Hotel and Airport
In addition to easy flight access to the city, the airport is served by several ground transportation options from Hartfield-Jackson to downtown, and the meeting venues in downtown Atlanta. These include taxis and airport shuttles that service downtown hotels, as well as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), which can easily and inexpensively transport you and your guests to their hotel without having to spend time in traffic. Take into account these five things when planning your meeting in Atlanta in order to create a stress-free and successful gathering.
Following a state-of-the-art $700,000 renovation, nothing compares to the business meeting venues at the Ellis Hotel. Located next door to The Peachtree Center MARTA stop, our stunning meeting and event space has quickly become one of downtown Atlanta’s premier destinations for business meetings big and small. So whether you’re looking to host an intimate affair or a first-rate business event, book your business meeting accommodations with the Ellis Hotel today.