OCT 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O 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 Kentucky E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O KY S P E C T A C U L A R S C E N E R Y Known as the Niagara of the South, Cumberland Falls in central Kentucky offers a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. The 125-foot water curtain displays a moonbow at night during a full moon that is truly a sight to see. Along with paddling and fishing opportunities, Cumberland Falls State Park offers stables with horse rentals, 17 miles of hiking trails, a lodge with meeting facilities and accommodations. BY D. FRAN MORLEY From Big-City Venues to Off-The-Beaten Track Adventures From one end of the Bluegrass State to the other, small towns and major metropolitan areas offer a wide variety of options for meeting and event planners. With its central location, three major airports and access to In- terstate highways, Kentucky is a prime site for events looking for big-city attractions and venues or quieter, off-the-beaten-track locations. Louisville With more than 17,000 hotel rooms citywide, it is easy to find hotels that meet the needs of any meeting group, said Stacey Yates, vice president, marketing communications, Lou- isville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). "Convention attendees love our restaurant and bar scene, the thrill of visiting Churchill Downs, Museum Row and our bourbon dis- tillery tours. We offer a rich culinary scene, convenience and affordability." News in Louisville includes the $207 mil- lion expansion and renovation at the down- town Kentucky International Convention Center, expected to be complete in summer 2018. According to the CVB, exhibit space will increase to more than 200,000 square feet. The center connects to the 1,300-room Galt House Hotel, which has an additional 128,000 square feet of meeting and event space with 53

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