ConventionSouth

NOV 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V 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 38 A L A B A M A (See breakout spotlight on page 39 for more information.) Across Mobile Bay, the Grand Hotel Mar- riott Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a 550-acre resort in Point Clear, with 35,000 square feet of indoor event space plus lawns, terraces and bayfront venues. The resort includes two championship golf courses at the Lakewood Club and the 20,000-square-foot Grand Spa. The resort is completing major guest room renovations, scheduled for completion in spring 2018. Off-site meeting venues include Mobile Civic Center, with an 80,000-square-foot arena, 1,840-seat theater, 28,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 15 meeting rooms. The Temple Downtown is a historic venue that can accom- modate up to 750 for receptions. The Steeple on St. Francis is another historic venue that now can host receptions for up to 300 or sit- down dinners for up to 150. The University of South Alabama (USA) and Spring Hill College both have numerous event and meeting spaces. The Mitchell Center at USA is a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena. Additional Mobile Area Venues: • The Venue: indoor and outdoor reception and concert venue in downtown Fairhope; can host up to 500 • Halstead Amphitheater: large outdoor event and concert space on the Fairhope campus of Coastal Alabama Community College • Holiday Inn Downtown Mobile: 206 guest rooms; 10,000 square feet of event space • Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Mobile: 149 guest rooms; meeting space for up to 150 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Alabama's sugar-white-sand beaches offer planners a wide range of hotels, resorts, and a variety of meeting and event venues, including the new Lodge at Gulf State Park, expected to open in January 2019. "The new Lodge will add 350 guest rooms and more than 40,000 square feet of flexible beachfront event space with a variety of venues and amenities," said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. "Our area offers year-round fishing and golf, with 15 golf courses, plus opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and other outdoor activities, and the new Lodge at Gulf State Park will be in the middle of it all." A national sales team is in place; planners should contact the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism sales team to learn more. (See breakout spotlight on page 42 for more information.) A $15 million revitalization and enhance- ment of the City of Gulf Shores' public beach area is underway. "Our public beach is one of the most important resources we have in our community," Mayor Robert Craft said. "This project will connect our entire half-mile of public beachfront through safe pedestrian- and bike-friendly routes, and will provide signifi- cantly enhanced opportunities for our residents City Map Location Gulf Shores H ..........................................B8 Orange Beach H ......................................B8 Auburn H ................................................. D5 Birmingham H ......................................... C3 Florence....................................................B1 Huntsville ................................................. C1 Mobile H ...................................................B7 Montgomery H ........................................ C5 Tuscaloosa ...............................................B3 Wetumpka H ........................................... C5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A B C D E H H H H H H H

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