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 April 10, 2001
Alexandria, Virginia Publishes 2001 Meeting Planners Guide

 Alexandria is making a big splash with meeting planners who are looking for Location ... Sophistication ... Amenities. And now they have the one tool they need to make it easier than ever to work on the Fun Side of the Potomac - the Alexandria, Virginia Meeting Planners Guide.

The Meeting Planners Guide, produced by the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, is complete with details on hotel facilities, a listing of more than 20 unique and often historic meeting sites and an extensive listing of appropriate services. It has all the contact information a planner needs to take advantage of Alexandria's state-of-the-art meeting facilities, which exceed 100,000 square feet.

"Meeting planners find Alexandria's appealing setting and favorable hotel rates irresistible ... Alexandria has the facilities to host almost any medium-sized meeting or conference," says Meetings South.

And Alexandria continues to attracts visitors with what's new in the city:

- Dash-About, a new shuttle traveling through the heart of the city's historic district, will be unveiled in mid-May. The route of this free bus, wrapped in colorful graphics, is designed so that visitors will be able to leave their cars behind when visiting Old Town Alexandria.

- The new summer VIP Pass is available in quantity for meeting planners. The pass, which includes admission to several historic sites, a cruise on the Potomac River and a walking tour of historic Alexandria, will retail for $27 per person.

- George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate unveils a state-of-the-art, 200-seat auditorium in July complete with multi-media capabilities. And the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant has been expanded to comfortably accommodate private groups.

- The holiday season, now in the planning phase, will include several on-going attractions such as an ice-skating rink and holiday seminars. These are in addition to the highlights: an entire day of events surrounding the city's holiday tree lighting ceremony and the annual Parade of Boats.

Alexandria is located just minutes away from Washington, DC and Reagan National Airport. It is easily accessible from Washington via the Metro public transportation system. The proximity of its hotels to each other and the close relationships of hotel sales teams working together allow larger groups to enjoy the ambiance and convenience of holding conferences in Alexandria.

Visit the ACVA's new website www.funside.com