OCT 2017

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Other lodging and event facilities in Bowling Green include Hyatt Place Bowling Green that is next to Augenstein Alumni Center on the Western Kentucky University campus near downtown. The center has a variety of meeting space includ- ing a ballroom that can accommodate 250 ban- quet-style or 300 theater-style. On WKU's South Campus, Knicely Conference Center adjoins a 124-room Staybridge Suites. Paducah The western Kentucky riverfront city of Paducah offers planners and event attendees unique expe- riences and lasting impressions, said Laura Os- wald, director of marketing for the Paducah CVB. "We have begun to develop a speakers' bureau featuring experts on local subject matters, and we continue to highlight our Paducah Signature Experiences as a conduit to deeper connections to local culture. This could include our Untold Civil War Story, a behind-the-scenes look at amazing fiber art at the National Quilt Museum, or an ex- ploration of our inland waterways." The Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront opened in early 2017 adjacent to the Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center. The center has more than 90,000 square feet of event space; the full-service hotel has 123 guest rooms, a board room, and meeting room that can seat up to 125 in theater-style seating. Another large event space in Paducah is the Carson Center for the Performing Arts that has a main auditorium seating 1,806 people plus sev- eral reception and event rooms. Smaller venues including Walker Hall Events Center, which seats up to 300; River Discovery Center Founders' Room; the Grand Lodge on Fifth, and 1857 Hotel, a boutique hotel in downtown with event space. Hotels in Paducah include LaQuinta Inn & Suites, which can accommodate up to 150 people in theater-style seating, Hampton Inn & Suites, with 108 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 30; and Courtyard by Marriott, with a the- ater-style seating capacity of 80. Bardstown Known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World," Bardstown offers planners a historic downtown with more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, plus wineries, golf courses, attractions, a dinner train, six distilleries and the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The American Whiskey Trail winds through the area, which is home to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Kentucky's official outdoor drama, The Ste- phen Foster Story, is staged at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which has event space that can accommodate up to 300 for a seated event or up to 350 for a reception. My Old Kentucky Home Dinner train can seat up to 170 for dinner and an excursion. Other event facilities in Bardstown are Guthrie Opportunity Center, which can accommodate up to 500 guests; the Bardstown Events Center, with two rooms seating for between 30 and 100 people; and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and Bardstown Country Club, which can each accommodate up to 150 people. The 106- room Hampton Inn has two meeting rooms and can seat up to 100 people, and General Nelson Inn has 48 guest rooms and can seat up to 150 for dinners or 300 in theater-style seating. Shepherdsville/ Bullitt County Shepherdsville and Bullitt County are just 20 miles south of Louisville International Air- port. Paroquet Springs Conference Center, a 40,000-square-foot facility has space for groups of up to 1,500 people. The center has 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, breakout rooms, and banquet space for up to 300 people. According to Paroquet Springs, there are more than 850 lodging rooms nearby, including Com- fort Inn Shepherdsville, which is adjacent. Other hotels with meeting spaces include 85-room Best Western Plus South, with meeting space for up to 100; 64-room Hampton Inn/Brooks; 64-room Fairfield Inn and Suites; and Sleep Inn & Suites. Ashland The Ashland/Boyd County CVB notes a number of event facilities including classroom and event spaces at Ashland Community and Technical College and Boyd County Community Center. Paramount Arts Center is located in a historic theater and seats more than 1,300 in the main auditorium. Highland Museum and Discovery Center features a newly opened Highlands Center and can host up to 500 people for dinners. Area hotels with meeting space include Ash- K E N T U C K Y National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

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