SEP 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 30 L O U I S I A N A profile. Three new hotels are under construc- tion, including a 91-room TownePlace Suites, an 89-room Home2 Suites by Hilton and a 96-room Fairfield Inn and Suites. Neighboring Pineville recently approved construction of an 81-room Holiday Inn Express. Major renovations are underway at the recently reflagged 160-room Holiday Inn Downtown Convention Center and renovations at the 96-room Hotel Bentley are part of a mul- timillion-dollar project that will bring meeting space, a restaurant and condos to the luxury property. Both properties are connected to the Alexandria Riverfront Center. Another major renovation project in Alexandria involves the Rapides Parish Coliseum, the area's largest multi-use entertainment facility. The improve- ments will bring additional seating and an up- dated kitchen and restrooms. Alexandria offers a Downtown Cultural Arts District with two museums, two theaters, five restaurants and more. Pineville is home to the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum. Located in the heart of Central Louisiana, the Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center at Para- gon Casino Resort offers flexible meeting and convention space and world-class amenities in a facility that spans more than one million square feet. "Regardless of your group's size or needs, Paragon has a space option that is perfect for you. We can accommodate groups of 10 to 2,500 guests," said Lesha Oliver, Paragon conventions manager. Alexandria/Pineville Meeting Space: • Alexandria Riverfront Center: 56,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space • Paragon Casino Resort: 500 guest rooms; 35,000 square feet of meeting space • Sai Convention Center and Hotel: 170 guest rooms; 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center: 615-seat theater for rent, and 7,600 square feet of lobby and terrace space • Pineville Convention Center at Country Inn & Suites: 100 guest rooms; 6,600 square feet of meeting space • Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center: 187 guest rooms; 6,655 square feet of meeting space BATON ROUGE The Pelican State's capital, Baton Rouge is Louisiana's second-largest city and home to Louisiana State University (LSU). Its seat-of-government status is highlighted by the presence of the Old State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and the Old Governor's Mansion – all of which offer unique meeting spaces and inter- esting educational and recreational possibilities. "As the capital city, Baton Rouge is the hub of all things Louisiana," said Visit Baton Rouge President and CEO Paul Arrigo. "We have a variety of hotels that can meet the needs of state, regional and national groups. Here you will find vibrant music, unique cuisine, colorful history, distinctive culture and amazing shop- ping. Baton Rouge has something for all your meeting needs." Attractions include the USS Kidd memorial battleship, Shaw Center for the Arts, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, LSU's Rural Life Museum & Windrush Gardens and LSU Hilltop Arbo- retum. Two historic plantations in the Baton Rouge area offer tours, dining, and limited lodging and meeting space. The Houmas House Plantation and Gardens features 38 acres of gardens and ponds and Nottoway Plantation & Resort is the largest remaining plantation home in the South. Baton Rouge has more than 10,000 hotel rooms, including 88 at the recently opened Holiday Inn Express Downtown. The Water- mark Baton Rouge, slated for an August 2016 opening, will add 147 upscale guest rooms, a fine-dining restaurant and limited meeting space to Baton Rouge's downtown core. Baton Rouge Meeting Space: • Baton Rouge River Center: 24,000 square feet of meeting space and 95,000 square feet of exhibit space • Crowne Plaza: 294 guest rooms; 32,000 square feet of meeting space • Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel: 288 guest rooms in a docked riverboat on the Mississippi River; 30,000 square feet of meeting space • Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center: 290 guest rooms; 20,000 square feet of meeting space • Baton Rouge Marriott: 295 guest rooms; 20,000 square feet of meeting space • Holiday Inn South Baton Rouge: 334 guest rooms; 14,500 square feet of meeting space Group Kayak Tours: There are nine paddle trails in Louisianna

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