World Trade Center Spotlight: Atlanta

I love visiting Atlanta.  It has the largest indoor aquarium in the world and a great art museum, the High Museum of Art.  Along with the great restaurants and hotels, seeing this city at night is awesome.  Only 4 hours from Nashville, I usually drive to the airport in Atlanta for my international trips.

Atlanta is the capital and largest city in the state of Georgia, U.S.  It is often referred to as the Big Peach (New York City is the Big Apple).  The Atlanta metropolitan area population is 5,268,860 (2010 census) which makes it the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta began as a settlement located at the intersection to two railroad lines and today is the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States- highway, railroad and air.  The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport since 1998.  With a gross domestic product of US$270 billion, Atlanta’s economy ranks 15th among world cities and 6th in the U.S. Atlanta has the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in that U.S. such Coca-Cola, Home Depot, AT & T, UPS, and Delta Airlines (the city’s biggest employer).  It is the 7th most visited city with over 35 million domestic and overseas visitors per year. Although in the Deep South, Atlanta is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the U.S. and truly an international city.

World Trade Center Atlanta provides personalized service in a professional, upscale environment. It is one of the leading business clubs in Atlanta and it is the only full service dining facility with an international atmosphere. The conference center includes seven meeting rooms, a round table boardroom and  a multi-purpose room for up to 200 guests.

Website:  (Check out the photo gallery to see the amazing interior.)

Mission: “…the premiere facilitator of international business, trade and culture in the Southeastern United States.  The World Trade Center Atlanta is focused on bringing together businesses and governments from around the world.”

Leadership:  David Ficano: General Manager; Lisa Postolachi: Membership & International Services Director;  Chairman of the Board of Directors: Craig Lesser, Pendleton

Background:  The WTCA was founded in 1982 and located atop the Merchandise Mart in downtown Atlanta.  The founders included: Sam Ayoub, George Bushbee, Bennett Brown and John Portman.  On February 22, 1995 the new location was announced.  Designed by John Portman the new facility occupies 15000 square feet of meeting space and 60000 square feet of function space.  Portman’s goal was, “…to create a spacious, yet intimate-contempory, yet classic decor that would speak to the Center’s dynamic international business leaders, reflecting the prominent role they play in Atlanta’s future.”

Services:  Technical and educational seminars on current international business topics, trade missions, trade shows, sessions with public/governmental and private sectors organizations. Networking events and assistance with business contacts and appointments globally.

The catering service is outstanding and preferred by the luxury goods, fashion, movie and cosmetic industries.


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Trade:  Georgia’s export shipments of merchandise in 2010 totaled $28.9 million.  The largest market is Canada followed by China, Mexico, Japan and Germany.  The largest merchandise export category is transportation equipment.  Other top merchandise exports include chemical manufactures, machinery manufactures, paper products, and computers and electronic products.

Contact Information:

World Trade Center Atlanta
303 Peachtree Street NE
Lower Lobby STE 100
Atlanta, GA 30308
Catering service: 

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                  Atlanta at Night


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