ConventionSouth

JUN 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 42 A R K A N S A S 42,000-square-foot ballroom in 125,000 total square feet of event space. The connected Em- bassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center has 400 suites and event spaces for events involving up to 4,000 attendees. Other larger hotels with event space are 127-room Holiday Inn & Suites, with meeting space for up to 100; a 130-room Candlewood Suites with meeting space for up to 80; and a Fairfield Inn & Suites, with meeting space for up to 50. A major outdoor event facility is Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) which has 3,200 covered seats and can accom- modate up to 9,500 people. Springdale The Northwest Arkansas metro region is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country and Springdale is right at the center of it all. "A meeting in Springdale takes advantage of exceptional facilities combined with a central location at the intersection of the region's two major highways, right in the middle of a metro- politan area of 525,000," said Bill Rogers, vice president communications and special projects with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. The city offers planners more than 1,500 lodging rooms, numerous off-site venues and attractions, and a downtown that's in the midst of a major revitalization project. Springdale's Holiday Inn & Northwest Ar- kansas Convention Center has 206 guest rooms and a total of 61,000 square feet of event space, including two ballrooms that can seat up to 1,500 for banquets or host up to 1,300 in classroom-style arrangements. Located near the convention center are a 102-room Hampton Inn and Suites with a board room that seats up to 15 and a 100-room La Quinta. According to Rogers, the Hampton Inn is undergoing a renovation this year and construction has started for a Home2 Suites by Hilton that will have 199 guest suites and 4,000 square feet of function space. Other larger event venues in Springdale include Arvest Ballpark, home to the North- west Arkansas Naturals, with a 6,500-seat stadium and luxury suites for groups of up to 50; the Jones Center, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a 343-seat chapel; Springdale Civic Center, with 20,000 square feet of event space; and the 7,200-square-foot Parson Stadium Community Center. ► In April, the Springdale Advertis- ing and Promotion Commission announced the launch of a new website to promote northwest Ar- kansas golf courses and golf tour- ism. NWAGolfTrail.com provides one stop for online booking for golf courses and hotels, featuring eight Springdale hotels and five regional golf courses, along with informa- tion on local dining and attractions. Downtown Springdale contin- ues to see increased development, said Bill Rogers, vice president communications and special projects with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. "We expect a new downtown park to be complete by July 1. Several craft breweries and pubs have opened downtown [Core Public House, Emma Ave. Bar and Tap, and The Odd Soul] in anticipation of increased traffic that will result later this summer as Tyson Foods opens a new office facility downtown that will employ 300. All of downtown is adjacent to the 36-mile Razorback Regional Gre- enway trail." n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Springdale Contact: www.explorespringdale.com Razorback Regional Greenway Trail Springdale Chamber of Commerce Beer lovers can sample local brews at Saddlebock Brewery, which overlooks the White River, or the Core Brewery taproom, while wine fans can taste local blends at Tontitown Winery or Sassafras Springs Vineyard (pictured), a unique venue with indoor meeting space, oversized decks and stables. Foodie Fun! Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) in Rogers Arkansas Dept. Parks & Tourism

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