JUL 2015

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J U L Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 Sponsored Content Small Markets...Big On Meetings! Small Markets...Big On Meetings! Sponsored Content See Ad On Page 59 ictoria is the perfect small meetings destination. Located just two hours from Houston, San Antonio and Austin – we're just a short drive or plane ride away. We offer the beauty and rich history of one of the oldest Texas cit- ies along with new hotels and meeting space. Since mid-2012, eight new hotels have added almost 600 guest rooms to Victoria's inventory, bringing the city a total of 27 hotels and more than 1,900 guest rooms. Of the new properties, the Hilton Garden Inn offers 118 guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of meeting space. The Homewood Suites Hilton and the Courtyard Marriott both offer approximately 109 guest rooms and 1,200-1,400 square feet of meeting space. The newly opened 116,000-square-foot Victoria Emerging Technology Complex is an ideal fit for your meeting or conference. The Conference & Education Center offers meeting facilities certified by the International Associa- tion of Conference Centers (IACC). Attendees will enjoy comfortable meeting spaces that accommodate more than 500, complete with ergonomic chairs, professionally set meeting rooms and convenient, free parking. While meeting, stay connected with complimentary amenities like high-speed Internet access, high-tech audio visual equipment, powered conference tables, device-charging stations and on-site technical assistance – all included in your package. Add pizzazz to your next meeting or board retreat social with our one-of-a-kind offsite venues and fun event activities. For example, Schroeder Dance Hall, the second oldest dance hall in Texas, is available for private parties and the WWII Foster Air Field Officers' Club is a perfect location for a nostalgic themed event. Add to the fun by choosing from one of two outstanding golf courses which per- fectly complement our year-round shirt sleeve weather. For the foodies in your group or attendees interested in a true Texas experience, the Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail is a must do. Featuring seven barbecue joints in and just outside of Victoria, the trail takes you to some of the tastiest BBQ in Texas. The Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail lets you experience a true Texas culinary story. For more informa- tion, visit History buffs will love meeting in Victo- ria. The Museum of the Coastal Bend offers special educational programs and atlatl spear throwing – an opportunity to bring history to life with this ancient tool that is tons of fun as a group activity. Where Texas History Began is an exhibit that tells the story of 13,000 years of heritage in the Texas Coastal Bend region. A guided driving tour of Old Victoria, featuring more than 80 historic properties, many listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a big hit with groups as well. The nearby Presidio La Bahia, a National Historic Landmark, is considered the world's finest example of a Spanish frontier fort. It is the site where the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed and where the tragic Goliad massacre took place. Our Lady of Loreto Chapel has been in continuous use since the 1700s and is one of the oldest churches in America. Adventurers among your attendees can take advantage of birding at nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, kayaking the Gua- dalupe River or salt water fishing in the nearby Gulf Coast waters. Victoria was chosen as one of the Top 20 Group Friendly Gems in 2014 by Conven- tionSouth. Visit to learn more about why Victoria, Texas, is the perfect location for your next small meeting or conference. Or give us a call at 800-926-5774 regarding site visits for qualified meeting planners. n V Meet in Victoria, Texas Anthony Cordo, CMP Director of Explore Victoria Anthony, having worked in the convention industry for nearly a decade, focuses on building attendance for meetings inVictoria. Explore Victoria (361) 485-3119

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