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SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 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 44 L O U I S I A N A and Sports Complex in Broussard. It has not only sports fields and trails, ponds and picnic areas but also an amphitheater and pavilions. Lafayette's Acadiana Center of the Arts is an elegant multifaceted facility that serves as a live-performance venue, an art gallery, an arts education center and more. Acadian Village, one of Lafayette's biggest tourism draws, is a folk-life museum and has restored homes of the 19th century, featuring Acadian architecture, a replica of a once-popular grocery/bar/barber shop all-in-one-building and a 10,000-sqa- ure-foot outdoor covered pavilion. Similarly, Vermilionville is a heritage and folklife living history museum. Located on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion, it has 19 struc- tures representing the culture of the Acadians, Creoles and Native Americans and several thousand square feet of rentable event and con- ference space. Additional Lafayette Meeting Venues • CAJUNDOME & Convention Center: 72,000 square feet of meeting space; 20 breakout rooms; 13,000-seat CAJUNDOME arena adjacent • Petroleum Club of Lafayette/Le Pavillon: 44,000 square feet; 15 configurable rooms • Frem Boustany Convention Center: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 2,230- seat Heymann Performing Arts Center • Acadiana Center for the Arts: 6,000-square-foot room; 1,300-square-foot room; small art gallery space; 15-person boardroom; Atrium/Café area; 300-seat James Devin Moncus Theater • DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette: 22,000 square feet of meeting space; 327 guest rooms (For more information see Breakout Spot- light on page 43.) Lake Charles Lake Charles offers an enticing mix of big up- scale casinos and outdoor splendor, according to Shelley Johnson, executive director at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB. "Lake Charles provides great opportunities for meeting and event planners," she said. "Our area can accommodate large groups at our ca- sino resorts that offer top-tier meeting spaces and cuisine while still being near incredible outdoor attractions like the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road." ► The Lake Charles/Southwest Loui- siana area is garnering a reputation as a destination for meetings and events. In recent years, the area has hosted numerous conventions and conferences for groups such as the Louisiana Municipal Association, the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, Louisiana Rural Water Association, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Jehovah's Witness District Confer- ence, Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, and the Lieutenant Governor's Summit on Tourism. While luxury casinos with first-class ac- commodations, exceptional dining and first- rate golf courses lure lots of people to Lake Charles, many are also drawn by the small Louisiana town's great outdoor attributes. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, a great wildlife trail cutting through wildlife refuges and coastal wetlands, is one fine example. Other opportunities to commune with nature in these parts include paddling on Prien Lake or the Calcasieu River, taking an eco-tour for some extraordinary birding, and enjoying the lakes, rivers, lagoons and forests of the Sam Houston Jones State Park. "Swamp Pop," a blend of authentic Cajun and Zydeco music can be heard around town and is a main staple at many fairs and festi- vals held throughout the year. To get a closer look at the culture, groups can check out the Mardi Gras Museum, the DeQunicy Railroad Museum and the Victorian mansions in the Charpentier Historic District. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Lake Charles Contact: www.visitlakecharles.org Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point www.lindseyjanies.com GrosseSavanne in Lake Charles www.parkerbrandcreative.com

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