Georgia Aquarium Unveils Ballroom Expansion
Ballroom expands by 7,000+ square feet, new programs introduced
Atlanta (October 15, 2007) – The Georgia Aquarium and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck unveiled the expansion of the Oceans Ballroom and new programs for planners at an event Monday, Oct. 15. The 7,000+ square-foot expansion to the Ocean Ballroom’s pre-function space created an elegant entrance to the ballroom and features unique lighting, seating and repositionable air walls. The addition of the space allows the facility to accommodate multiple and larger events at one time without interruption. New green rooms and a coat check room were added for the convenience of guests. Additionally, a new tasting room gives planners the opportunity to sample gourmet fare by Wolfgang Puck Catering, the in-house catering team for the ballroom. Breathtaking ocean views provide the backdrop in the Aquarium’s sophisticated Oceans Ballroom. With two large aquatic observation windows, guests find themselves face-to-face with beluga whales and whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. “Guests loved our 16,400 square feet of flexible space and the dining dream team of Wolfgang Puck Catering, but they gave us feedback on how we could improve our facility,” said Carey Rountree, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Georgia Aquarium. “Bernie Marcus taught us to listen, listen, listen. During our two years of operation, that is what we have done. This expansion is a result of that feedback as we want to continue to give our guests what they want.” New programs available for planners enhance the planning and event experience. The new Event Dive Program allows a diver to welcome your guests from inside Ocean Voyager. The Aquarium’s new state-of-the-art sound system will allow the diver to talk to guests directly from inside the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit. For more information on the new Event Dive Program, please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/bookYourEvent/adventure.aspx. Nautical Miles is a new frequent meeting planner rewards program that rewards clients who book daytime meetings with the Georgia Aquarium and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Participants in Nautical Miles earn one mile for every dollar spent on food and beverage for group business meetings. Miles can be redeemed for Aquarium admission, behind the scenes tours, access to exclusive Aquarium events or for discounts toward future room rental and menu pricing. For more information on Nautical Miles, please visit www.meetings.georgiaaquarium.org. Club Fish is a new opt-in incentive program that gives human resource directors of corporations with 100+ employees the opportunity to offer employees discounted tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. This easy, online ticketing program allows employees to purchase their own tickets and gives corporations many great benefits. For more information on Club Fish, please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/clubfish/index.aspx. For more information on how to book an event at the Georgia Aquarium, please visit www.meetings.georgiaaquarium.org or call 404.581.4126.
For more information, contact Communications. About the Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org. About Wolfgang Puck Catering Formed in May 1998, Wolfgang Puck Catering, moved to its permanent home in the Hollywood & Highland® entertainment complex in November 2001. The 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, residence to the Academy Awards® annual Governors Ball, sets the standard in special event entertaining in Los Angeles. In addition to the success of its off-site catering operations in Los Angeles, Wolfgang Puck Catering is responsible for catering at the Sony Pictures Studios, Universal Studios Hollywood, Pacific Design Center and the Griffith Observatory, all in Los Angeles. The company also oversees catering in Chicago, including Puck’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, and the History Museum. In St. Louis, the company manages catering for the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum, the City Museum and Pageant. Its newest center at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta handles catering for receptions, meetings and events held at the venue. The luxuriously spacious ballroom has the capacity to accommodate up to 1,600 guests. National operations for Wolfgang Puck Catering includes Caesars Coliseum in Las Vegas, Benaroya Hall and Seattle Design Center in Seattle, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Boston’s Museum of Science and Institute of Contemporary Art. Plans are also in development for new operations in Washington, D.C. For more information about Wolfgang Puck Catering visit www.wolfgangpuckcatering.com.