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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 46 L O U I S I A N A In May of this year, Golden Nugget Lake Charles opened its new Rush Tower, adding 350 luxury hotel rooms to the property's inven- tory, bringing the grand total of 1,100 rooms. Other casino properties include L'Auberge Lake Charles, Golden Nugget, Isle of Capri Lake Charles and Delta Downs. Additionally, Lake Charles has added several unique new downtown venues for small meet- ings and events, including the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank building, the Brickhouse, the Gov- ernor's Mansion and the Charleston Ballroom, located in the historic Charleston Hotel which has been converted into quaint shops with event space throughout. The Lake Charles Civic Center, with a sweeping view of the lake, has also undergone major renovations with more upscale décor and plush seating along with high tech friendly equipment and versatile lighting options. Lake Charles Meeting Venues • Golden Nugget Lake Charles: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 740 guest rooms; 12 restaurants; 18-hole championship Tom Fazio golf course • L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles: 26,000 square feet of meeting space; 14,140-square-foot ballroom; 1,000 guest rooms; eight restaurants; 18-hole champion- ship Tom Fazio golf course; AAA Four Dia- mond property • Lake Charles Civic Center: 62,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space; three pri- mary meeting rooms; 7,450-seat James E. Sud- duth Coliseum; 1,960-seat Rosa Hart Theatre; outdoor Arcade Amphitheatre (For more information see Breakout Spotlight on page 44.) Alexandria/Pineville In the center of Louisiana, beside the Red River, Alexandria and Pineville are ideally located for in-state meetings but also nicely positioned for out-of-state attendees. This year has brought major developments to one of the area's most prominent live-performance ven- ues. The Rapides Parish Coliseum, located in downtown Alexandria, completed a $23.5 mil- lion renovation in February. It now features four meeting rooms, six multipurpose rooms, a catering kitchen, four locker rooms, 10 lux- ury suites, new office space and ticket booths. The coliseum has doubled its square footage with additional space on both the lower floor and the second floor, where luxury suites were added. Additionally, SMG is now managing the reinvigorated facility. Alexandria has a compelling Downtown Cultural Arts District and it is home to the Alexandria Museum of Art. Downtown Pineville has the Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site. Alexandria/Pineville Meeting Venues • Alexandria Riverfront Center: 35,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space; nearly 32,000-square-foot Main Exhibit Hall; 4,500 square feet of pre-function space; 12,000 square feet of exterior exhibit space • Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown: 13,000 square feet of meeting space attached to Alexandria Riverfront Center; 168 guest rooms • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center: 614-seat state-of-the-art theater; 4,600-square-foot lobby; 3,000-square-foot terrace • Hotel Bentley: Grand Ballroom holds up to 500; seven additional rooms of varying sizes; 93 guest rooms; upscale, recently renovated property • Pineville Convention Center: 6,600 square feet of meeting space; 100 guest rooms in Country Inn & Suites next door Cajun Coast (Morgan City/Franklin) Located between Baton Rouge to the east and Lafayette to the west, the Cajun Coast Exciting changes are com- ing soon to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles, according to Jerry Smith, president and CEO of La- guna Development Corpo- ration (LDC), the Albequer- que, N.M.-based company that is in the process of acquiring the property. New slot machines, new menu items in the restaurants and lots of other surprises will be introduced as part of the "NEW" Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles., but the friendly faces of the team members will stay the same, Smith said. This includes the property's profes- sional meeting services staff, who can help plan business functions and social gatherings. In addition to 4,000 square feet of gaming, the property offers 13,500 square feet of meeting space, with break- out rooms for smaller meetings or gatherings that can accommo- date groups of 30 to 1,140 participants. Accommodations include contemporary suites at the Tower, located just steps away from the gaming action and dining outlets, or guest rooms at Inn at the Isle. There are also three on-site restaurants, a pool and sauna and a fitness center. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Isle of Capri Contact:

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