Five Questions About Meeting in Greensboro, NC

Q&A with Ava Pope, director of sales for Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ava Pope Greensboro

Hospitality veteran Ava Pope, director of sales with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has nearly 30 years of experience promoting destinations for meetings and events. She has worked with meeting/event planners from all over the country, large and small, to make sure that their event is a success. Successful Meetings caught up with her to find out what's new and unexpected in the North Carolina city.

What's new in Greensboro for groups? 

Skywild is a new attraction that opened at the Greensboro Science Center, above the zoo. Not only is this animal-inspired treetop adventure park for individuals but it's awesome for team building activities for groups. Skywild features 60 challenges and three levels of intensity. It's great for the thrill seekers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

What's a "hidden gem" for visiting groups? 

The Charlotte Hornets NBA D-League, The Swarm, announced that the city of Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex have been selected as the home of the NBA Development League team. The Swarm will begin play in the 2016-2017 NBA D-League season. The team will play their games at the renovated Fieldhouse located on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex footprint. Formerly known as the Pavilion, this facility is undergoing a $4 million makeover to create the Fieldhouse venue to host the Swarm. The facility will grow from 30,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet. New scoreboards, sound system, and basketball floor are being installed to create a true home team environment. The Fieldhouse can be used for other events that fit within the seating system environment.

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

The Greensboro Historical Museum located in downtown shares local culture and the city's significant role in American history, from the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781, to the 1960 Greensboro Sit-Ins, and the events of September 11, 2001. Twelve galleries include the award-winning "Voices of a City" exhibition, the Murphy Confederate firearms collection, First Lady Dolley Madison collection, and textile manufacturing

Groups can also check out the International Civil Rights Center & Museum along with Blandwood Mansion while downtown. Then head over to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park which honors the March 15, 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse

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

With nearly 500 dining options, Greensboro has something for every palette. For groups looking for a unique experience, Crafted the Art of Street Food, is a fantastic option. Executive Chef/Owner Kris Fuller of Crafted The Art of The Taco is the brainchild behind this concept. Street Food brings the flair and charm of the world's street vendors under one roof. While the fare tastes exotic, patrons can dine confidently knowing that the ingredients are bought locally. 

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

Greensboro's central location on the Eastern Seaboard makes it a great choice for any meeting. Our international airport, fantastic interstate infrastructure, and world-renowned Southern hospitality truly make Greensboro a fantastic destination.