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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Paducah is a destination for hobbyists, professional asso- ciations, artists, lifestyle groups and planners seeking to create unique experiences and lasting impressions," she said. "The city has a culture for embracing meetings and events, boasting more than 30 years for the American Quilter's Society signature QuiltWeek event, showing Southern hospitality to 30,000 attend- ees from across the globe." Paducah's historic downtown is bookended by the Carson Center, a performing arts fa- cility, and the Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center, with more than 90,000 square feet of flexible space under one roof. Straley noted that renovations are planned for the convention center complex, and said that the city is looking forward to the spring 2017 opening of the Holiday Inn Downtown Riverfront, adjacent to the complex. Hotels in Paducah include LaQuinta Inn & Suites, which can accommodate up to 150 peo- ple in theater-style seating, and Courtyard by Marriott, with a theater-style seating capacity of 80. Bowling Green One hour north of Nashville, Tenn., Bowl- ing Green offers planners a variety of unique venues and new air service. Contour Airlines began flights in August 2016 at Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport, with daily flights to Atlanta and other destinations. Hyatt Place Bowling Green is connected to the Augenstein Alumni Center at Western Kentucky University (WKU), located at the edge of downtown, and has 108 guest rooms and a 1,790-square-foot event room. Meeting facilities in the city include Knicely Conference Center on the campus of WKU, which adjoins a 124-room Staybridge Suites. The Sloan Convention Center has 35,500 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, and is part of the Hartland Development, which has 444 lodging rooms, including Holiday Inn University Plaza (with 4,000 square feet of meeting space), Courtyard by Marriott and Hil- ton Garden Inn. Off-site venues include Warehouse at Mt. Victor, which can accommodate up to 450 guests in indoor and outdoor venues; La Gala, with 7,000 square feet of event space; Corsair Distillery, with museum, gift shop, tours and rental spaces; and Carson's Cove, with a re- stored tobacco barn that can host up to 400 for receptions. Other hotels in Bowling Green include the 130-room Hampton Inn and 140-room Drury Inn. Bardstown Kentucky's second-oldest city, Bardstown was founded in 1780 and has more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Bardstown and Nelson County Tourism, the area's biggest annual event is the six-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival that takes place every September, with tastings, entertainment and galas. My Old Kentucky Home State Park has meeting space in the Visitor's Center that can seat up to 200 in theater-style or banquet seat- ing. Other meeting and event venues are the Bardstown Civic Center, Bardstown County Club, and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, each of which has a maximum capacity of 150 people for events. There are 16 inns in Bardstown, including Bourbon Manor, with 10 guest rooms and a small meeting room for events. General Nelson Inn has 48 guest rooms and can seat up to 300 in theater-style seating. The 106-room Hampton Inn can accommodate up to 100 in theater-style seating. Owensboro Owensboro is best known for barbecue, bour- bon and bluegrass. The city's downtown riv- erfront hosts an outdoor music scene with free live music and jam sessions several nights a week during the warm-weather months. The Owensboro Convention Center over- looks the Ohio River and is an anchor in downtown. The multipurpose facility has a 44,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 48,000 additional square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Also downtown, RiverPark Center is a performing arts facility with a 1,500-seat au- ditorium and six spaces for receptions, dinners or meetings. The Owensboro Sportscenter is a 5,000-seat arena with additional space for trade shows, meetings and receptions. Downtown hotels include Hampton Inn & Suites, a LEED-certified hotel that is adjacent to the convention center and Smothers Park. It has 150 guest rooms and three meeting rooms. The 123-room Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront has executive meeting space and a 10-person boardroom. Other hotels in the city with meeting space include a 109-room Court- yard by Marriott, 100-room Fairfield Inn, 63- room Comfort Suites and 64-room Sleep Inn. Hopkinsville The James E. Bruce Convention Center has 7,230 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, and can host events for up to 3,000 people. Hopkinsville Community College has class- room and other space available for up to 150 people and the Hopkinsville campus of Murray State University can host up to 200. The his- toric Alhambra Theater seats 780. Hotels with meeting space include a 101- room Holiday Inn, with 11,200 square feet of event space; the 71-room Hampton Inn & ► K E N T U C K Y Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville