OCT 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O 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 48 K E N T U C K Y Along with new hotels and other attractions, Banks notes an ever-increasing dining and enter- tainment scene for event attendees to enjoy. "We will soon be home to a total of five distilleries on the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail and many other complementary experiences to accompany those." Northern Kentucky Venues: • Marriott RiverCenter - 317 guest rooms; 119,000 square feet of function space • Embassy Suites RiverCenter - 226 guest rooms; 230-person banquet capacity • Radisson Riverfront - 220 guest rooms; the- ater capacity of 600 • Holiday Inn Riverfront - 152 guest rooms; theater capacity of 150 • Hampton Inn & Suites Newport - 122 guest rooms; event spaces for up to 200 people • Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport - 233 guest rooms; 13,000 square feet of event space • Doubletree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport - 176 guest rooms; classroom capacity of 300 • Cincinnati Airport Marriott - 14,005 square feet of event space • Hilton Cincinnati Airport - 314 guest rooms; meeting capacity of 400 • Celebrations Riverboats - Reception and dinner cruises for up to 100 • Elk Creek Vineyards - Event space for up to 300 • National Underground Railroad Free- dom Center - event facilities for up to 400 Lexington Lexington is excited about a new incentive for planners that has just been rolled out, said Marci Krueger-Sidebottom, vice president of sales and services for VisitLex. "VisitLex will extend $8 per paid group room nights actualized during your Lexington meeting or convention. That incentive will be applied to the master account at the hotel that you select," she explained. More information is available from the CVB. VisitLex also recently welcomed a new des- tination sales manager, Douglas Barge. "Doug's experience is a great fit for Lexington and will provide a strong foundation for success," Krueger-Sidebottom said. "He understands the meeting industry from many angles, which will be instrumental in building on our achievements in recruiting top conventions and events to our community." The Lexington Center Complex is the city's largest event facility and includes 23,500-seat Rupp Arena as well as 66,000 square feet of exhibit space and 40,000 square feet of meeting rooms and ballrooms. The center is one block from the Lexington Opera House with 900 seats. According to VisitLex, the 366-room Hilton Lex- ington and the 366-room Hyatt Regency, both ad- jacent to the Lexington Center, combine with the center to offer planners a total of 169,000 square feet total of event space. Other major hotels with event space are Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, with 409 guest rooms and 28,000 square feet of function space, along with a Rees Jones 18-hole golf course; the 291-room Clarion Hotel with 13,000 square feet of meeting space; The Campbell House, a Curio Collection by Hilton, with 250 guest rooms and 15 event rooms for up to 500 guests; and the 230- room Embassy Suites, which can host up to 500 for dinners. Additional Lexington Venues: • Ramada Conference Center - 145 guest rooms; 8,000 square feet of meeting space • Gratz Park Inn - 41 guest rooms; 1,020 square feet of event space • Hilton Suites Lexington Green - 174 suites; 2,700 square feet of event space • Courtyard Lexington North - 146 guest rooms; 1,340 square feet of event space • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown - 96 guest rooms; 650-square-foot meeting room • Embassy Suites - 230 guest rooms; banquet seating for up to 500 • Keeneland Race Course - includes Event Center, Clubhouse, Sales Pavilion and event rooms Frankfort Frankfort is a vibrant, lively and walkable city that welcomes visitors and meetings, said Amanda Cobb, director of sales and marketing for Visit Frankfort. New for planners is the reopening of the locks on the Kentucky River. "This was a big initiative for us to make the river more accessible and wel- coming," Cobb said. "We partner with Kentucky State University, which has a double-deck pon- toon boat for history and eco-tours on the river, and with Rock & Thunder, which has a 22-pas- senger jet boat for tours. Visitors can combine this with a trolley tour of downtown Frankfort, an outdoor concert, or other activities, such as a tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, which offers free tours, unlike most other distilleries." Buffalo Trace also has event space for groups of up to 350 people. The city's main meeting hotel is the 163-room Capital Plaza Hotel, with 10,000 square feet of function space. The hotel is within walking dis- tance to the Thomas D. Clark Center for History, which has spaces for meetings and receptions for up to 200. The center also handles outdoor function space on the grounds of Kentucky's Old State Capitol Building. Lodging in Frankfort includes a 123-room Hampton Inn, with two meeting rooms and Best Western Parkside, with meeting space for up to 80 people, and a recently renovated Holiday Inn Thoroughbred Park in Lexington VisitLex

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