NOV 2016

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N O V E M 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 41 A L A B A M A Airport - 146 guest rooms; 6,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space • Hampton Inn & Suites Research Park - 98 guest rooms; 1,224 square feet of meeting space • Courtyard by Marriott - 149 guest rooms; meeting capacity of 40 Muscle Shoals Area The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence offers a "best of both worlds" location, with a tranquil Tennessee River setting and easy access to Muscle Shoals, the University of North Alabama in Florence and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The resort features two on site restaurants, a European-style spa and 36 holes of golf. Its signature restaurant, 360 Grille, sits atop the 26-story Renaissance tower, Alabama's tallest tourist attraction. "We are the only resort-style, quality hotel in North Alabama," said Selena Miller, director of sales and marketing. "Every day, we strive for excel- lence in customer service, guest experience and overall atmosphere." Miller has high praise for the resort's north Alabama location as well. "In the Shoals, we are serious about living life to the fullest. Our rich music heritage puts you on the map for some of the most amazing music in the world. Plus, we have the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Alabama, the Helen Keller Birthplace home and more. We can customize your event to work with any of these attractions or any fes- tivals or other activities going on during your visit." The resort has 200 guest rooms and more than 40,000 square feet of event space with a meeting capacity of 1,200. This year, the re- sort completed cosmetic updates at 360 Grille and the outdoor pool following a $3.5 million update to guest rooms, restaurants and public spaces in 2014. Tuscaloosa Home to the University of Alabama, Tusca- loosa has more than 3,000 hotel rooms in the metro area. The Hotel Capstone, located on the UA campus, is the city's only full-service hotel, with 150 guest rooms and a meeting capacity of up to 400. The hotel is next to the Bryant Conference Center that offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space in tiered con- ference rooms, boardrooms and classrooms, plus pre-function space and a 10,044-square- foot auditorium that can seat up to 1,000 for theater-style presentations or up to 512 for dinners. Auburn/Opelika Big news in the Auburn and Opelika area is recent upgrades at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National in Opelika. According to Brooke Kastner, director of sales and marketing, the 129-room hotel has completed a full renovation of "guest rooms, meeting space, common areas, lobby— the works!" The resort, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, features 54 holes of champi- onship golf, clay court tennis, walking trails and more, along with 15,000 total square feet of meeting space. ► ﹒﹒|﹒/|﹒﹒ Mobile has long been a draw for large conventions, small conferences and business gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Maybe it's the water-front 300,000+ square foot convention center located in the heart of our walkable, historic downtown or the abundance of activities, restaurants and entertainment venues steps from your hotel. It could be our convention sales and services staff who are commi ed to helping you plan down to the smallest detail or come up with the grandest, most memorable event of the year. What about great hotel rates or easy access via I-10 or I-65? There are lots of reason to consider Mobile and we're here to help you decide which one is the right one for you. B O R N T O C E L E B R A T E

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