SEP 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 34 L O U I S I A N A This summer, the historic Pontchartrain Hotel re-opened its doors with 106 rooms and a refreshed Caribbean Room restaurant in June. The Silver Whistle Café, the Bayou Bar and the Hot Tin rooftop bar round out the iconic prop- erty's food and beverage profile. Another hotel with historic bearing, the 234-room Ace Hotel New Orleans debuted in a historic 1928 Art Deco building and features a signature restau- rant and a café, as well as music venue Three Keys, and Alto, a rooftop garden with relaxed poolside dining and cocktails. Additionally, the Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Conven- tion Center, with 218 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of meeting space recently opened in a restored warehouse across the street from the convention center. Additional New Orleans Meeting Spaces • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space; 60,000-square-foot Great Hall • Mercedes-Benz Superdome: interior space configurable into four 19,000-square- foot ballrooms; 53 meeting rooms; 70,000+ seating capacity in stadium • The Opening Act at Champions Square: 12,000 square feet of climate-controlled interior space inside Champions Square, the state-of-the art outdoor venue with built-in stage • Smoothie King Center: 19,000-seat facility; 21,250 square feet of open floor space • Generations Hall: 35,000 square feet of event space; • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel: 106,000 square feet of meeting space; 1,110 hotel rooms and 53 suites • Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans: 32,000 square feet of meeting space; 693 guest rooms Shreveport/ Bossier City "Our team believes Shreveport-Bossier stands out because of our premier meeting venues, Southern hospitality, affordable hotel rates and the many amenities we provide before, during and after a meeting," said David Bradley, vice president of convention and tourism sales for Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau. "Plus, attendees love the gaming, year-round festivals, spicy Louisiana food and cultural attractions." Specializing in memorable meeting expe- riences for small and mid-sized groups, each of the seven boutique properties of the New Orleans Hotel Collection offers unique meeting venues, luxurious accom- modations and upscale amenities. The largest of these properties, the 292- room Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, room Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, has a beautiful executive boardroom for 15 people and an elegant Grand Ballroom for more than 700 guests. In the Central Business District, the ornate Whitney Hotel has 93 guestrooms, ornate Whitney Hotel has 93 guestrooms, space for small groups and a beautiful lobby restaurant, Bistreaux at the Bank. The 218-room Bourbon Orleans Hotel, one of five French Quarter hotels in the one of five French Quarter hotels in the collection, features the city's oldest, grandest ballroom, which accommodates 300 guests, and the Bourbon O Bar. The 111-room Dauphine Orleans Hotel offers a quiet setting in restored historic structure. The Hotel Mazarin, with 102 guest rooms, has meeting space that opens into the French Quarter's most picturesque courtyard. It's also home to the 21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane, offering settings for intimate dinners, business meetings and larger theme parties. A modern, upscale sanctuary, the Hotel A modern, upscale sanctuary, the Hotel Marais is a hotspot for fashionistas, with an executive boardroom, and a courtyard that makes a great setting for cocktail par- ties and receptions. For intimate functions, the Garden House at the historic Audubon Cottages has its own kitchen and bar overlooking the pool and lush courtyard. At all of these authentic and upscale properties, groups will find easy access properties, groups will find easy access to attractions and a professional, attentive and friendly staff ready to help provide an excellent experience in the Big Easy, according to Marc Becker, area director of sales and marketing area for the New Orleans Hotel Collection. B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : New Orleans Hotel Collection Contact: Bourbon Orleans Exterior

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