GSP unveils new event center in main terminal

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Business and community groups in the Upstate will soon have a new venue for meetings, presentations, classes and other events.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Wednesday unveiled a new 1,734-square-foot event center adjacent to its ticketing lobby as the most recent addition to its $125 million main terminal renovation called Project WINGSPAN.

GSP spokeswoman Rosylin Weston said the center is expected to be completed by the end of January and will be open to use by the public for a “nominal” fee.

“We’re really excited about this,” Weston said. “People have been walking by it and seeing it, not knowing what is on the other side of the wall… It’s part of our overall go of better serving the community and our customers.”

She said the space will include seating and tables for up to 100 people.

For smaller affairs, the center can be divided into three separate rooms, each just under 600 square feet.

Just outside the main space, Weston said, will be space for food preparation just in case events need to be catered.

The center will be outfitted with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Users can take advantage of the furniture provided, or bring in their own, Weston said.

Parking is available directly across from the center in the airport’s B garage.

Weston said airport officials are still mulling the possibility of offering parking and determining the rental rate for the center.

She said those numbers will be released soon and all information about the center will be posted on the airport’s soon-to-be-revamped website.

Potential users, Weston said, could be local chambers of commerce, corporations and other organizations.

She said there will be some food and beverage opportunities from the lineup of concessionaires in GSP’s main terminal, such as the hot dog joint DC-3, Chick-fil-A, and The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, which is expected to open soon.

Next to the event center, the airport has added a small business center that will open soon.

Passengers will have access to a limited amount of office equipment, such as desks, a printer, copier and other items, where they can conduct business before boarding a plane, Weston said.

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For information on renting the event space, contact Ana Parra at 864-848-6257, or email aparra@gspairport.com.

For more information, visit: www.gspairport.com.

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