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SEP 2017

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 43 L O U I S I A N A entertainments is the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Louisiana's Northshore Meeting Spaces • Northshore Harbor Center: 45,000 square feet of meeting space; 18,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space with 30-foot ceil- ings; large outdoor green space • Castine Center: 28,000-square-foot multi- purpose area; two conference rooms; located at Pelican Park • MovieSets: A Reel Venue, a unique space with authentic movie props and sets used in movies filmed in Louisiana; 10,000 square feet of special-event space; performance stage (For more information see Breakout Spot- light on page 42.) Houma The Houma area CVB invites groups to experi- ence Cajunicity, a term which encompasses the colorful lifestyle, lively music, unique dialect, world-famous cooking and rich history, heri- tage and hospitality of this area located just 55 miles southwest of New Orleans. In addition to tours of the 2,500 square miles of swamps and vast wetlands, Houma offers unique attractions, such as the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Mu- seum, the Southdown and Ardoyne Plantations, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden and Finding Our Roots African American Museum. For meetings and conventions, the Hou- ma-Terrebonne Civic Center has 100,000 square feet of space with 37,000 square feet of flat floor space to accommodate up to 2,500 banquet style, and up to 5,000 with its retract- able seating. The adjacent meeting room wing can be divided into five distinct rooms to ac- commodate up to 1,000 people. Several of the city's hotel properties also offer meeting space, including the Courtyard by Marriott, with 144 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Lafayette The biggest news for Lafayette is the recent reopening of the CAJUNDOME on the Univer- sity of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. Updates included new arena seats, a new coating on the arena roof and a resurfaced basketball floor. The main arena entrance, lobbies, concession areas and restrooms all got refreshed, as well. Another sports complex is St. Julien Park ► "Many destinations offer great facilities," said Ben Berthelot, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission president and CEO. "Lafayette Parish certainly is one of those, including the recent $22 million renovation of the CAJUNDOME & Convention Center, and two new state-of- the-art sports complexes. But not every area is the Happiest City in America and Tastiest Town of the South. As the Heart of Cajun and Creole Country, birthplace of Cajun and Zydeco music, our culture is what differentiates us and we invite you to come see why." New Walking History Tours, aided by a mobile app, and guided Swamp Photogra- phy Tours via kayak or on foot, help groups explore the culture and unique setting of Lafayette. A number of new restaurants and the city's first micro-brewery, Cajun Brewing, add to the many ways to sample the flavors of the region. The area's special culture is even apparent in the CAJUNDOME, where the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Ragin' Cajuns play. The basketball floor of the recently refurbished and reopened venue features a newly painted scene from the university's two-acre swampy Cypress Lake. Additionally, The CAJUNDOME's concessions feature re- gional specialties such as fried catfish topped with crawfish étouffée, chicken and sausage gumbo, and crawfish nachos. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Lafayette Contact: www.lafayettetravel.com Vermilionville Atchafalaya Swamp in south central Louisiana

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