5 Questions With Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau's Mark Vaughan

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What's new in the city for groups?

Film tourism is booming as Atlanta is making a name for itself as a major player in the U.S. film industry. Groups can tour local sites that have been featured in some of the most popular television and movies franchises like The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games series.

Skyline Park is a rooftop theme park that sits atop Ponce City Market. The park features classic arcade games, mini-golf, a three-story slide and a gourmet concession stand. The venue offers scenic views of Atlanta's skyline and can be rented out for events.

What's a venue or activity that's a "hidden gem" for visiting groups?

Atlanta BeltLine is truly a hidden gem to see and experience. This paved path connects many of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods and welcomes those on foot or bicycle. Groups can take part in an official tour of the path or leisurely explore on their own.

What's a good outing for a group looking to get a sense of the city's culture or history?

Atlanta is considered the birthplace of the American civil rights movement. Visitors can explore the evolution of the movement and how it relates to modern global human rights issues at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Groups can also learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. This national park houses Dr. King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the final resting place of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King.

Where should a group go to get a truly local culinary experience?

The food hall craze is strong in Atlanta with three different locations around the city to sample a variety of local cuisine. Prominently located in Downtown is Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the city's oldest public market. Krog Street Market offers a variety of fare including pastries, dumplings, and barbeque, located in a renovated warehouse. Housed in the largest brick building in the Southeast, Ponce City Market features a central food hall with a variety of Southern bites and global cuisines.

Is there anything else that you think makes your city a great destination for groups?

Our people make Atlanta a great destination for groups. The city's collaborative hospitality community is dedicated to delivering one of the best convention experiences in the U.S. Atlanta CVB's sales and convention services teams work together with our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and venues to ensure a seamless meeting experience from start to finish.