JACKSON, MS--(Marketwired - May 29, 2014) - Forget football, baseball and basketball. When it comes to competitive sports, ballet takes first place for intensity and drama. Few sports require such drastic investments of practice, pain and competition. But events like the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) make all that hard work worthwhile. Bringing together dancers from all over the world in a fiercely beautiful collection of performances, the IBC is the last word among ballet competitions. And of all the hotels near the Jackson Convention Complex, only one puts its guests just steps from the event while also serving as a haven of charm and comfort at the end of the day: the Jackson Marriott.
As the premier ballet competition among young dancers on their way to ballet careers, the quadrennial IBC occurs over a two-week, Olympic-style schedule and draws more than 34,000 visitors to the area. Dancers are not only competing for prestige during these events but also gold, silver and bronze medals; cash prizes; and company contracts.
With such high stakes involved, travelers arriving for the IBC this June will especially appreciate their stay at the Jackson Marriott. Few hotels in downtown Jackson, MS can match this property's convenience. Not only is it a short walk away from the Thalia Mara Hall, where all IBC performances take place, but it's also close to the state capital, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, which means guests have plenty of things to see and do when the dancing day is done.
Jackson Mississippi attractions notwithstanding, this hotel is a favorite among travelers for a variety of reasons. Its new lobby makes a stunning first impression; and its 303 guest rooms feature plush Revive bedding, high-speed Internet access and in-room coffee service, so guests can get a jump on each day. (Five concierge levels offer additional luxury for those who demand the finest.) The outdoor pool, which overlooks the downtown area, promises a cool respite from the Southern summer heat and distinguishes the property from other convention hotels in Jackson, Mississippi. And the Bistro Restaurant and Lounge welcomes guests for relaxed, regionally-inspired dining, whether they're looking to refuel before a big performance, or unwind after a day at the dances. Even competitive sports, after all, make a little room for relaxation.
About the Jackson Marriott
Located just 15 minutes from the Jackson Airport, the Jackson Marriott is a convenient choice for business and leisure travelers alike. The 30 meeting rooms afford 35,000 square feet of flexible event space, perfect for weddings and conferences, while five concierge levels and a full-service business center ensure every corporate traveler enjoys a productive stay. The hotel is also connected to Regions building via skywalk with government institutions and private businesses all positioned close to this downtown property. Guests traveling for leisure, meanwhile, will find themselves near such impressive destinations as the Old Capitol Museum, the Jackson Zoo and the Mississippi Children's Museum. And the hotel's other amenities, like the fitness center, outdoor pool and two restaurants, imbue every visit with just the right amount of Southern hospitality.
About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
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