FEB 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 14 FEATURE: CONVENTION CENTERS Center adjoins the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Little Rock. "The opening of the Robinson Center pro- vides us a great opportunity to try and relieve some of the pressure on the Statehouse Con- vention Center for smaller events and meet- ings," Hall noted. According to Monroe, the MBCC is con- stantly undergoing upgrades and renovations to stay "on par with the finest meeting and conference facilities." The latest effort in- cludes a $12 million heating, ventilating and air conditioning overhaul at the meeting and exhibition facility that features a col- umn-free, 108,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 30,000 square feet of well-appointed meeting space. In 2016, Monroe noted that the 17,000-square-foot ballroom will be remade from top to bottom. "We have a capital plan to spend over $6 million in both interior and exterior finishes in the next five years," he said. "In 2015, we welcomed The Myrtle Beach Sports Center to our campus and increased parking with 500 new spaces. A 750-seat performing arts center as well as amphitheater with capacity exceed- ing 10,000 is on the drawing board." The Role of Technology Destination marketing professionals agree that today's meeting planners have high expectations of facilities when it comes to technology. For this reason, Hall emphasized that continuous upgrades are planned or being made to Little Rock's meeting facilities. "We really focus on the gross capabilities of our Wi-Fi infrastructure," she said, adding that the convention center is continuously expanding in terms of access points, bandwidth and cov- erage in highly populated areas. "We offer ► Robinson Center in Little Rock, Ark. Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark.

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