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J A N U A R Y 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 55 T E X A S Laredo was once the capital of the Repub- lic of the Rio Grande. The original capitol building serves as The Republic of the Rio Grande Museum. In 2015, the 124-suite TownePlace Suites opened, with meeting space for 25 people, near the 178,000-square-foot Laredo Energy Arena, which offers 32,000 square feet of space and a seating capacity of 10,000. La Posada Hotel, the city's only AAA Four-Diamond hotel, has 15,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 400. The full-service Ramada Plaza has 200 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of event space. Texas A&M International University event venues include a ballroom that can host 800, a recital hall that seats 819, and meeting rooms for 25 to 186 people. Also, Laredo Center for the Arts can ac- commodate 200; Embassy Suites Laredo has 154 guest rooms with 4,909 square feet of meeting space. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Laredo Center for the Arts Contact: www.visitlaredo.com Center, owned by the city, has 78,800 square feet of event space and 283 two-room suites. Texas State University offers a number of dif- ferent-sized galleries and classrooms plus the LBJ Ballroom. Other larger facilities include Cuauhtemoc Hall, Dick's Classic Garage Car Museum, Central Texas Speedway, and Redbird Skyport Hangar. Hotels with meeting space in- clude Crystal River Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and the recently opened Holiday Inn, with indoor and outdoor event space for up to 300. Killeen The Killeen Civic and Conference Center in- cludes a 53,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a ball- room, meeting rooms and boardroom. The center can seat up to 1,000 for dinners and 2,000 in theater-style seating. Located next to the center, the Shilo Inn and Suites has 160 suites, meeting space and a restaurant. Other hotels with meeting and event space in- clude the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott, with 8,700 square feet of event space, and Hilton Gar- den Inn, with 102 guest rooms and 2,200 square feet of meeting space. Temple Conference and event facilities include the Frank W. Mayborn Convention Center that can seat up to 1,500 for banquets; Bell County Expo Center, with a 9,000-seat arena, assembly hall and meet- ing rooms; and the Cultural Activities Center, with two main halls that can seat up to 450, plus smaller meeting and event rooms. Event facilities at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum include a Grand Lobby that can set up to 184 for banquets and an outdoor gazebo that can accom- modate more than 300 people for receptions or dinners. The Hampton Inn Temple opened in early 2014 with 83 guest rooms. Other hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn Temple with 4,399 square feet of event space and Holiday Inn Temple, with 1,300 square feet of meeting space. Midland Major conference hotels are the Grand Texas Hotel, with 250 guest rooms and 24,580 square feet of event space; DoubleTree by Hilton Mid- land Plaza, with 261 guest rooms and 10,200 square feet of event space; and a 157-room Hil- ton Garden Inn with 8,300 square feet of space and eight meeting rooms. ➤ Visit Orlando