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Cleveland CVB.

The City That Rocks

A model of urban renewal, the city of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie lives up to its image as The New American City. Cleveland's success story is fueled by an ongoing commitment to growth and a global vision for the future. With more than $10 billion invested in downtown development in the past decade and an additional $1.8 billion committed to current projects, Cleveland is shaping up into one of the hottest destinations in the country.

There's a reason why Fortune magazine ranked the city as one of the 10 best for business in North America: Cleveland boasts Leading cultural and educational centers, internationally acclaimed health institutions, world-class sports and entertainment facilities, a rich tradition of cultural amenities, and commitment to a high quality of life.

Hyatt, Inter-Continental, Hilton...these are all major hotel brands that recently opened or are developing new properties in Cleveland. The city's excellent reputation and the resulting demand for guest rooms have spurred this rapid development. First up, the new 294-room Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade opened in May 2001 as part of a $60 million restoration of the city's 109-year-old historic indoor shopping mall, the nation's first. The hotel occupies the building's two nine-story towers and the top three floors of its skylighted atrium concourse. With 11,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is one of the city's premier properties.

Additional improvements and new developments include Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as it undergoes a $1.4 billion expansion. The vision of the city's future also continues to expand. Euclid Avenue, the heart of downtown, is in the midst of a $300 million redevelopment and restoration plan that includes new hotels, restaurants, and retail space. Initial plans for a dazzling new competitive downtown Cleveland Convention Center connected to a headquarter hotel are underway as well.

Estimated at a cost of $250 to $300 million, the new convention center would have up to 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, as much as 90,000 square feet of meeting room space, and a 50,000-square-foot ballroom. The center would be strategically located within easy distance to more than 3,800 guest rooms, and that number is expected to climb to more than 4,500 in the next few years.

Other hot spots for your group include

* The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the history and evolution of rock and roll and its influence on pop culture.

* The Great Lakes Science Center, with more than 300 hands-on exhibits and a six-story OMNIMAX Theater, with the largest projection system in the world.

* University Circle, the nation's largest concentration of cultural institutions within one square mile, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Play House, African American Museum, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden, among others.

Cleveland is also known for its red-hot nightlife, including the bustling riverfront Flats Entertainment District, with more than 60 restaurants and nightclubs along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. And the nearby Historic Warehouse District is a popular destination for live jazz and blues.
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Title Annotation:convention and visitor's bureau, tourist information
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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