Located in downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Palace Convention Center hosts a variety of local, national and international events, conventions and meetings. The 679,000-square-foot facility is made up of 10 continuous exhibit halls, 67 unique breakout spaces and a 45,400-square-foot ballroom with high ceilings and decorative chandeliers.
“We have a wonderfully large, well-designed, high-tech, well-laid-out venue that is the Salt Palace,” General Manager Dan Hayes says. “We have dramatic offerings in regards to our technology and the space itself.”
The Salt Palace is owned by Salt Lake County and managed by SMG. The Salt Palace partners with Visit Salt Lake, a separate entity contracted by Salt Lake County, for marketing the prime destination and taking the lead on booking large conventions and events at the facility.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Executive Director Kathie Canning recently marked her 30th year with the center, and over that time she has witnessed the facility undergo major transformations. When she joined the OCCC in 1985 in the sales and marketing department, the facility was no larger than 150,000 square feet. Today, after five different expansion projects, the OCCC measures 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space, making it the second-largest convention center in the United States.
The surrounding community of Orlando, Fla., also has changed since that time, Canning says. The OCCC’s foundation was intended to be a catalyst for economic development in the city. Since then, the infrastructure of the city has evolved around the campus, allowing the opportunity to host some of the largest events in the nation.

Leighton Moore, founder of Ocean City Seacrets – a complex of 19 bars and restaurants and seven stages on the Maryland shore – is a born showman and a man who tirelessly seeks out new interests and challenges. His latest is building his own distillery on the Seacrets premises. To supply his bars and a burgeoning retail market, Moore is building on the former site of Seacrets Hotel what is Maryland’s first limited-licensed distillery that is part of a food and beverage establishment.
Many distilleries, breweries and wineries host tours of their operations and make money doing so. But the Seacrets Distilling Company will not just take guests on a tour of the operation. It also will transport them back in time to the last day before the end of Prohibition – Dec. 5, 1933.

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