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For 2019, SIETAR USA comes to the United States southeast and Atlanta, the capitol city of the state of Georgia.  The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, is home to more than 5.8 million people and is the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the US.

World-class restaurants, festive nightlife, professional sports teams and an abundance of attractions and events help make Atlanta the center for entertainment in the South. Visitors can explore the state capital's role in culturally significant historic events at museums like the Atlanta History Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. While your mission in attending the SIETAR USA annual conference is attend the educational programs, network with colleagues and friends, and learn what's new in the intercultural field, our host hotel has guaranteed the conference rate for an extended period both before and after the conference. This will allow you to come in early, stay later, and give you an opportunity to sample all Atlanta has to offer.

The History of Atlanta

Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line, and nicknamed Terminus for its rail location. The official name was soon changed to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad. Today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hub, not just for the country but also for the world: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest in daily passenger flights. Direct flights to Europe, South America, and Asia have made metro Atlanta easily accessible to the more than 1,000 international businesses that operate here and the more than 50 countries that have representation in the city through consulates, trade offices, and chambers of commerce. The city has emerged as a banking center and boasts the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.

Things to Do   

Atlanta Weather: The fall season in Atlanta is usually sunny, cool, and dry. Average daytime temperatures range from 63-73 F (17-23 C), with night time temps that can range from 44-53 F (7-12 C). Since the temps can be chilly, it's a good idea to pack clothing that can be layered. Long pants or jeans, pullovers, cardigans, sweaters, and a light coat or jacket are recommended. (Source: Trip Savvy)

Higher Education: Atlanta is home to the largest concentration of colleges and universities in the southern United States, ranging from historically black colleges, technical colleges, top research institutions and schools of art, medicine and theology. The region ranks in the top 10 among U.S. metros in students enrolled, research spending and degrees earned.

Universities located in and around Atlanta include: American InterContinental University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Oglethorpe University. Colleges in the area include notable names such as Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College. Collaboration brings these institutions together as one big campus. They work together in research. They share library resources. They offer joint degrees and even allow students to take a course at another institution.

In and around Atlanta:

The city of Atlanta has a lot of history, culture, art and beauty to offer. If you’ve been there before, you will have a favorite place to visit and if this is your first time, you will find an interesting place to visit, things to see and do. You might want to consider:

Tiny Doors ATL – An Atlanta-based art project. Check out the Tiny Doors installation pieces throughout Atlanta.

Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel – towers 20 stories above Centennial Park reminiscent of the Eye of London. It boosts 42 climate controlled gondolas that prove a stunning view of the city.

Stone Mountain Park – only 20 miles outside of downtown Atlanta this park houses a natural wonder - the world’s largest piece of exposed granite.

Atlanta Beltline – create as a massive transportation and economic development project, the Beltline is a network of trails and transit along a 22-mile corridor of abandoned railway.

High Museum of Art – over 14,000 contemporary and classical art exhibits are housed in the permanent collection. From Picasso and Van Gogh to live jazz music, this leading museum has something for everyone.

Delta Flight Museum – Located at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters — just seconds from world’s busiest airport — the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Features include: Interactive exhibits and rare artifacts; cutting-edge technology; an innovative focus on the future of aviation. At the Museum, guests can: Get an up-close look at historic aircraft dating back to the 1920s; explore exhibits inside our historic Boeing 767, The Spirit of Delta; fly the only Boeing 737 flight simulator open to the public in the U.S.; tour the 1st Boeing 747-400 produced and walk on the wing!

And if you have time, there is always:

  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • Martin Luther King Jr Park
  • Coca-Cola Museum
  • 6 flags over Georgia
  • Botanical Garden
  • Piedmont Park
  • Atlantic Station shopping
  • Fernbank Museum of National History

For information on things you can do while in Atlanta, check out the Explore Atlanta Website.

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