FEB 2017

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 31 When it's time to get down to business, Paragon has you covered with Central Louisiana's largest convention space. • Room configurations to accommodate 10 to 2,500 • 75,000 square feet of meeting space • 500 guest rooms • Catering/banquet services • State-of-the-art sound and lighting technology • Experienced staff, impeccable service • Sensible pricing And between meetings, Paragon has more than enough to keep your attendees entertained. • PGA-quality 18-hole golf course • Luxurious spa and salon • Fine and casual dining options • Kids Quest and Cyber Quest • 3-screen movie cinema • Fitness center • Shopping • Vegas-style slots & table games • Full-service RV park To book your event, call or email Cindy Torian, Director of Convention Sales, at 318-240-6619 or Roll up your sleeves, then let your hair down. 800-WIN-1-WIN MARKSVILLE, LA Restrictions may apply. Visit website for more information. Game responsibly. Need help? Call 1-877-STOP (7867). Durham, N.C. University towns and college settings often make solid family-friendly choices for meetings because many are already reaching out to families on a regular basis. Gregg Hilker, general manager of JB Duke Hotel pointed out the property is right on the Duke University campus – a destination for so many families making the incredibly important decision of what college to attend. "Very often, visits are made by the entire family exploring campus, attending a sporting event, visiting the Nasher Museum, Duke Gardens and the many other family-friendly venues on campus and in Durham," he said. "Being a part of Duke University, families are integrated into what we do every day." The property, which recently reopened fol- lowing a two-year, $62 million renovation and expansion, often caters to families who have had several generations attend Duke. "We tend to take a look at every guest interaction generationally versus as just a transaction," Hilker said. "It won't be long before today's students will be back with their families to attending a sporting event, alumni weekend, parents weekend or bringing their own children or grandchildren to visit with hope of keeping the long-standing tradition of a Duke education in the family." Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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