SEP 2015

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S E P T E M B E R 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 33 L O U I S I A N A 2016, along with a meeting facility on the same property. Historic and cultural sites abound in Jeffer- son Parrish. Kenner has a 16-block historic district which includes the Rivertown Theaters of Performing Arts. Westwego is home to the Salaville Historic District, which features an art gallery, a historical museum, The Farmers and Fisheries Market and Bayou Segnette State Park. "Jefferson Parish is nationally recognized as an authentic, family-based collection of river and coastal communities with unique celebratory festivals, events and cuisine; vi- brant downtown districts; modern meeting, conference and sports venues; and outstanding eco-based recreational pursuits, all conve- niently adjacent to the world-renowned New Orleans," noted Linda Maher, director of sales for the Jefferson CVB. "Jefferson is quickly becoming one of the premier destinations for mid-sized meetings and events. Jefferson has a track record of success, offering 7,500 hotel rooms, almost a quarter-of-a-million square feet of meeting space, world-class restaurants, retail shops and a sportsman's paradise. Per- sonal service and CVB partner relationships, coupled with experience and knowledge of venues, gives the Jefferson CVB an edge on our competitors." Metairie, the largest community in Jefferson Parish, is home to Zephyr Baseball Stadium – the ballpark of the New Orleans' AAA affiliate team of MLB's Miami Marlins – and to the training facilities of the New Orleans Saints. Jefferson Parish Meeting Space: • Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Cen- ter: 75,000 square feet of meeting and ex- hibit space • John A. Alario, Sr. Events Center at the Bayou Segnette Sports Complex: 40,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space • Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans: 150 guest rooms; 15,000 square feet of meeting and conference space • Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel: 317 guest rooms; 15,320 square feet of meeting space • DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel: 245 guest rooms; 14,000 square feet of meeting space • Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel: 292 guest rooms; 12,000 square feet of meeting space • Holiday Inn Metairie-New Orleans Airport Hotel: 205 guest rooms; 12,000 square feet of meeting space LAFAYETTE Lafayette, Louisiana, home to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, is a special city and that hasn't gone unnoticed. "Many cities have great facilities and Lafay- ette is certainly one of those cities," claimed Ben Berthelot, president and CEO for the Lafayette CVB. "But not many cities can say they are the happiest city in America, tastiest town of the South, best food city in the USA, number two best college town in the USA and "Louisiana's Northshore, also known as St. Tammany Parish, is located just 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans, and North- shore's charming towns and relaxing green spaces provide a memory-making and more affordable meeting away from the hectic pace of the big city," said Tanya Leader, vice president of sales for St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission. Northshore is a great mix of high cul- ture and the great outdoors. The historic downtowns of Covington and Slidell offer exceptional artistic expression. The Cov- ington art scene is centered on a six-block stretch of Columbia Street, where a number of fine galleries sit amongst the restaurants, antiques shops and boutiques. The Three Rivers Arts Festival, featuring 200 artists, draws 50,000 visitors. The Fremaux Town Center, with Phase I opened in the spring of 2015, is a regional shopping destination in Slidell near the ar- ea's primary convention center, The North- shore Harbor Center. Phase II is slated to open in October. As for Northshore's natural assets, Leader noted the Parish's bountiful offer- ings. "St. Tammany's great outdoors really are great. There are 80,000 acres of nature preserve, scenic bayous and lakefront vis- tas." The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville offers exhibits, in- terpretive programs and educational oppor- tunities, including boat-building classes. The Northshore/St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission can help visiting groups arrange special expe- riences, such as volunteerism with Habitat for Humanity. At Passionate Platter, a cooking school and herb garden in Slidell, offers a true "garden to table" experience. Groups can also enjoy a swamp tour of the Honey Island Swamp. Northshore/St. Tammany Parish Meeting Space: St. Tammany Parish has more than 90,000 square feet of meeting space and 2,900 hotel rooms. • The Castine Center: 28,000 square feet of multi-purpose space and a caterer's warming kitchen • MovieSets: 10,000 square feet of event space • The Fleur de Lis Event Center: Also in Mandeville, this smaller facility can accommodate up to 500 guests • The Clarion Inn Hotel & Suites Con- ference Center: 155 guest rooms; 8,500 square feet of meeting space • Southern Hotel: 42 guest rooms; nearly 3,000 square feet of meeting space Contact: Movie Sets Party Prop Shop in Slidell B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : NORTHSHORE/ST. TAMMANY PARISH ➤

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