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Spotlight on the Develop 2018 Host Hotel and Executive Center

May 29, 2018 4:20 PM | Robin Nordmeyer (Administrator)


August will be here before you know it! Are you ready for our annual Develop conference? Do you have your room booked at the Holiday Inn Executive Center? One of the many things we pride ourselves on is being able to find facilities that will meet the needs and comfort of our attendees. We work hard to secure the best rates to make attending our events easy and cost effective, thus allowing more time to network with your fellow photographers. So in light of that, we would love the chance to spotlight this year’s location.


The Holiday Inn Executive Center features over 36,000 square feet of event space, three restaurants and bars, two swimming pools, business centers, and a 3,000 square foot state-of the-art gym with 24-hour access! Plus, they are pet friendly! And parking is free!


Enjoy a restful nights sleep on a pillow top mattress and stay connected with free wireless internet. Your room amenities include a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, tea maker, complimentary coffee/tea supplies, and in-room climate control.


The on-site restaurants are SportsZone and Churchill’s Steak & Seafood. The SportsZone has 24 high definition flat screen TVs throughout and a 16’ x 9’ front and center high definition screen. The Zone serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu that has something for everyone, from tempting appetizers to steaks and dessert. It is located on the lobby level. Hours are 6am to 10pm.
Churchill’s Steak & Seafood is the only Columbia dining establishment with a 4-star rating. It offers the finest in steak and seafood cuisine along with extensive wine selections. Reservations are recommended. Hours are 5:30pm to 10:00pm Thursday-Saturday. It is also located on the Lobby level.
There is also a cocktail lounge in the atrium where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and listen to the player piano. Hours are from 5pm-10pm. Earlier in the day the Atrium Lounge serves coffee drinks and breakfast pastries.
Room service is available from 6:00am to 9:30pm. Kids 11 and under eat free any time of day in any on-site restaurant.


We will have plenty of room for our fabulous instructors and classes with the 19,000 square foot expo center, two ballrooms, four meeting rooms and an executive boardroom. The hotel is conveniently located off I-70 at Stadium Boulevard. Across the street is the Columbia Mall and Cosmo Park.


Cosmo Park is a 533 acre park with hiking trails, ball parks, playgrounds, a remote control car track, roller hockey rink, tennis courts, a leash-free dog park, lakes and more! This would be a great place for an after-hour photo session. Another after-hour option is a club called The Blue Note just moments from the hotel. They have been entertaining crowds for 25 years with great live music and events from talented local and national artists.

To book a room you can call 888-HOLIDAY or online at https://goo.gl/41QAk1. Make sure to book through our Develop conference room block for a special rate before July 25th. And you don't need to pay until you check in! We can't wait to see you there in August!! 

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