JUL 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 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 52 Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! Sponsored Content Meet in Midland Stephanie Martin, Director Stephanie's unique blend of experience and determination adds value to all programs and events of VisitMidland. Stephanie has served on numerous community boards and committees that have strengthened her passion and commitment to this great city. VisitMidland (432) 683-3561 works with meeting and event planners to ensure a successful event through every step of selection, planning, and execution. With over 185,000 square feet of meeting space, Midland, Texas is the perfect destination for your next meeting or convention. In 2019, the Midland Convention Center will open its doors. The state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot facility will include 20,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, 3,000 square feet of meeting space, 6,000 square feet of ballroom/meeting rooms, pre-function space, audio/visual and technology capabilities, a green room, outdoor plaza, and much more. Meeting goers will have access to Wi-Fi throughout the building and enjoy LED lighting which will allow for enhanced mood settings. Centennial Plaza will be accessible from the new convention center, and meeting participants will be able to enjoy the popular spot. A glass wall will overlook the plaza, allowing for interaction with the surrounding city as the desire to get outside and use green spaces is becoming a more sought- after request. The new Midland Convention Center will provide a versatile meeting space in downtown Midland and allow so many types of events, including sports, meetings, and concerts, to take place. Renderings of the new convention center can be found at The Midland County Horseshoe is a versatile 100-acre complex with over 59,000 square feet of meeting space, 17,000 square feet of open air terrace space, great for outdoor functions, and additional dirt floor arena space available for equestrian and rodeo events. In 2016, the Horseshoe added a new level of excitement to the complex with the opening of an outdoor Amphitheater that can accommodate up to 4,500 patrons. The pavilion and amphitheater share common amenities including show power, dressing and production rooms, box office, rest rooms, and parking. With the main arena, pavilion, education building, live-stock arena, outside arena, and new amphitheater, this complex easily adapts to suit your event. More information about the Midland County Horseshoe can be found at Several new Midland hotels have opened their doors within the last five years, providing visitors with 58 hotels and 4,800 hotel rooms to choose from. With locations in all areas of Midland, meeting goers will find easy access to off- site venues, restaurants, shopping, and attractions minutes away from their hotel accommodations. While in town, make sure to schedule time at one of Midland's unique attractions. Visit the world-class Petroleum Museum and explore over 230 million years of history through interactive and game-based learning experiences. Or, stop by the Museum of the and enjoy art, science, culture and history through exhibits, the planetarium, or the Turner Legacy Galleries that feature the tales of equestrian pursuits of the Turner, Durham, and Scharbauer families and their two Kentucky Derby winning horses. If you find yourself in Midland during the summer months, a trip to Summer Mummers at the Yucca Theater is a must. An experience like none other, "cannot be explained, it must be experienced!" The United States' oldest, continuous melodrama is celebrating its 69th year and includes a vaudeville performance, rowdy popcorn throwing, and a one-of-a-kind good time. For a complete list of attractions and events, check out VisitMidland provides a number of complimentary services that range from securing group rates at Midland hotels and preparing and sending press releases to local and regional media, to incentive materials such as customized maps, name badges, welcome bags, and specialty items and arranging group tours and itineraries. VisitMidland strives to help take events to the next level. Midland is easily accessible on Interstate 20, halfway between Dallas and El Paso. Midland International Air & Space Port services 26 daily flights provided by American Eagle, United Express, and Southwest Airlines. "The Tall City" boasts award winning event centers, unique venues, brand new hotels, and has been hosting events since 1881. Midland looks forward to hosting your next meeting and providing you with an experience you will never forget. Welcome to Midland! n V

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