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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 36 L O U I S I A N A In this part of the Pelican State, construc- tion has begun on a new hotel, the 130-suite Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/ Downtown in Bossier City near the Red River. Set for a November opening, it will be within walking distance of casinos and shop- ping destinations. A multi-million-dollar renovation at the Wyndham Garden Shreve- port updated the hotel's meeting spaces and 267 guest rooms, adding an executive club level and lounge on the sixth floor. The property offers more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Also, new, non-stop flights have been added from New Orleans to Shreveport Regional Airport via Louisi- ana-based regional airline GLO Airlines. "In Shreveport-Bossier, we'll give you the flexibility to work within your budget with- out sacrificing quality for an unforgettable experience for meeting planners and confer- ence attendees," said Bradley. "Let us host your next meeting in Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side." Shreveport/Bossier City Meeting Spaces • Shreveport Convention Center: 350,000-square-foot facility; 95,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 313-room Hilton Hotel Shreveport connected • Shreveport Municipal Auditorium: 6,300-square-foot arena; 3,000 seats • Shreveport Wyndham Garden Hotel: 15,500 square feet of meeting space; 267 guest rooms • Bossier Civic Center: 35,000 square feet of meeting space • CenturyLink Center: 270,000-square- foot facility; 14,000-seat multi-purpose arenaSam's Town Hotel & Casino (Shreveport): 13,200-square-foot ballroom • DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel (Bossier City): 22,000 square feet of meeting space • Horseshoe Hotel and Casino (Bossier City): 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space; 604 guest rooms A Southwest Louisiana city offering out- door recreation aplenty, Lake Charles is named for one of the two prominent lakes within the city – the other being Lake Prien – and also features the Calcasieu River. Three of the four casino resorts in the area – L'Auberge Casino Resort, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and the newest, Golden Nugget Lake Charles – all feature lodging and meeting space. The 367-room Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel's Delta Special Event Center is primarily a live performance venue but has limited meeting space. "Lake Charles provides a variety of opportunities for meeting and event plan- ners," said Shelley Johnson, executive director at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB. "Our area can accommo- date large groups at our casino resorts that offer expansive meeting space while still being in close proximity to incredible out- door attractions like the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road or the Charpentier His- All-American Road or the Charpentier His- toric District." The primary meeting and event space in the city is the Lake Charles Civic Center, a three-level, three-part downtown complex. Recent improvements at the facility include a complete lighting and ceiling makeover in the coliseum, a promenade in the main hallway and renovations to the Exhibition Hall. There is new flooring in the mezza- Hall. There is new flooring in the mezza- nine and on the third floor. The Buccaneer nine and on the third floor. The Buccaneer Room and the Jean Lafitte Room both Room and the Jean Lafitte Room both have new lighting, curtains and the latest in high-tech gadgets. Business is good at the casinos and several have recently had significant reno- several have recently had significant reno- vations or are undergoing them now. The 25-story Golden Nugget Lake Charles is adding a 300-room hotel tower to the re- sort by spring 2017, which will bring the resort's room count to 1,040 rooms. The 26-story L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles has had a recent round of signif- icant renovations and expansion. Mean- while, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in nearby Vinton, La., is undergoing a $45 million expansion, slated for com- pletion at the end of 2016. The project will produce a new hotel tower featuring 167 additional guest rooms and suites, and a redesign of its 200 guest rooms. Additional Lake Charles Meeting Spaces • Golden Nugget Lake Charles: 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space; 740 guest rooms • L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles: 26,000 square feet of meeting space; 1,000 guest rooms • Isle of Capri Casino Hotel: 13,500 square feet of meeting space; 490 guest rooms • Lake Charles Civic Center: 62,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space Credit Parker Brand Creative B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Contact: www.visitlakecharles.org/ meetingsouth Lake Charles GrosseSavane Shreveport Convention Center