CEDIA Expo Here We Come!
It’s been 12 years since CEDIA EXPO was held in Atlanta, and if you haven’t been to the city since, you are in for a shock.
The city has been transformed into a gentrified, artistic, exuberant location, packed with delightful hotels, first-rate eateries, outstanding meeting locations, and everywhere you turn that down-home southern hospitality is ready to greet you. Maybe it’s because I live in L.A., but people genuinely are friendlier in the South—they smile a lot more and the conversations usually end in laughter.
As the last three years have been in Denver, CEDIA management thought it would be a good idea if some members of the press had a chance to familiarize themselves with the new location. I headed down to Atlanta not really knowing what to expect. Twelve years is a long time, and while I had some great memories of EXPO in 1997, it wasn’t a city I had vast yearnings to return to.
I am very impressed with the transformation. Atlanta is more than ready for CEDIA attendees to do business in a safe, entertaining, productive environment.
The Georgia World Conference Center, site of CEDIA EXPO, has 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space in 12 halls and is the fourth largest convention center in the U.S. It is adjacent to the CNN building, Centennial Park and a host of new and exciting restaurants and watering holes. Make sure you check out the Luckie Marietta District that is between Luckie and Marietta Streets just in from the Georgia Aquarium and beside Georgia World Conference Center Building A. There you will find great eateries, including STATS, Legal Sea Foods, Rise Sushi Lounge and The Wine Loft. Log onto www.luckiemariettadistrict.com.
Transport has been greatly streamlined around Atlanta for this year’s EXPO (See Tips For a Great EXPO!), including the famed MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) transport system. Voted safest system in the U.S. 18 times over the last 23 years, it is directly located near many of Atlanta’s leading hotels.