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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.