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 35 L O U I S I A N A that can also serve as meeting and exhibition area • Heymann Performing Arts Center: 2,230-seat auditorium; 20,000 square feet of meeting space • River Oaks Catering & Event Center: accommodates 500 for banquets • DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette: 327 guest rooms; 22,000 square feet of meeting space • Ramada Lafayette Conference Center: 242 guest rooms; 14,000 square feet of meeting space • Wyndham Garden Lafayette: 290 guest rooms; 14,000 square feet of meeting space • City Club at River Ranch: 21 guest suites and six extended-stay condos in Lafayette's only Four-Diamond property; 5,800 square feet of event space LAKE CHARLES "From our amazing facilities to our Southern hospitality to our mouthwatering culinary offerings, your meeting promises to be memo- rable in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, the premier gaming destination in the South," said Eric Zartler, sales director for the Lake Charles CVB. "Our CVB team is committed to assist- ing your group to make sure your event turns out exactly the way you want it." This Southwest Louisiana city offers out- door recreation and gaming opportunities. Lake Charles is blessed with two prominent lakes (Charles and Prien) as well as the Calca- sieu River, allowing for group paddle board- ing, rides on the three-decker Lady of the Lake and marshland tours with Grosse Savanne Eco- tours. The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, the Creole Nature Trail and the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point offer nature-immersive activities. Four casino resorts in the area – L'Auberge Casino Resort, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and the newest, Golden Nugget Lake Charles – feature lodging and meeting space. Lake Charles meeting space: • Lake Charles Civic Center: 62,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space • Burton Coliseum Complex: 168,000 square feet in the Livestock and Exhibit Building and 24,000 square feet of floor space in the 6,500-seat domed arena • West-Cal Arena and Events Center: nearly 20,000 square feet of function space in the Events Center; 135,000 square feet of covered space in the 1,800-seat Arena • Golden Nugget Lake Charles: 740 guest rooms; 30,000 square feet of meeting space • L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake George: 1,000 guest rooms; 26,000 square feet of meeting space • Isle of Capri Casino Hotel: 490 guest rooms; 13,500 square feet of meeting space • Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel: currently undergoing $45 million expansion and renovation; adding 167 guest rooms to existing 200, which are being renovated; expanding event center to bring seating to 1,200 New This Month! The Lake Charles/South- west Louisiana CVB has produced an updated Destination Guide, downloadable at www. away-guide/ and also available in print. NEW ORLEANS Louisiana's largest city has a unique historical profile and a reinvigorated cityscape that offers a colorful culture to event planners. Celebrating L O U I S I A N A O U N atchitoches "Nack-a-tish " Not your ordinary meeting place! Te Natchitoches Events Center is an impressive 40,000 sq f facility, including a multi-purpose exhibition hall, meeting rooms and board rooms. Small to mid-sized conventions are easily accommodated and the new anchor hotel is breaking ground in late 2015. Located in the heart of the Oldest Permanent Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory and in the middle of the 33-block Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. Te Center is walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and museums. s I S I A N A 1-800-259-1714 • Mardi Gras in New Orleans ➤

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