JAN 2017

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J A N U A R Y 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 55 T E X A S A BUSINESS HAS MANY MOVING PARTS. SO DOES THE PERFECT BUSINESS DESTINATION. more hotels opening this year – some within walking distance of outstanding restaurants and entertainment venues," said Mark Thomp- son, executive director of Visit Plano. "We are adept at accommodating groups of every type and size. But it is really our 360-degree approach to meetings that ensures a superior experience for guests and keeps planners returning to us. Our team prides itself on Tex- as-sized hospitality from beginning to end, from the planning and logistics phases to sup- port services while groups are on site." The biggest Plano news is the scheduled March 2017 opening of Legacy West's Urban Village. The "city within a city" is a massive $3.2-billion mixed-use development that will be the new home of the 15-story, 300-room Re- naissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel. The hotel will offer 24,500 square feet of meet- ing space, with nine event rooms, 16 breakout rooms and outdoor event space. There will also be a bar, "Texas Tea" gourmet market, on-site Asian-fusion restaurant and a third-floor amen- ity deck with a swimming pool, bar, concierge lounge and fitness center. Seguin A small town where tree-lined streets are graced by Queen Anne mansions and charm- ing bungalows, Seguin is big enough to boast a top-rated university and a state-of-the-art hospital. Groups can enjoy a range of cultural and recreational opportunities; including a park along the Guadalupe River. Unique meeting fa- cilities range from libraries to theaters to mid- sized hotel venues. (For more information see the Breakout Spotlight on this page.) Temple Ground was broken in June on the 60-room Expo Inn & Suites, located next to the Bell County Expo Center. The Expo Center has an 8,000-seat arena, an assembly hall with space for up to 84 booths, a 55,000-square-foot Ex- hibition Hall and a special-events room that can seat up to 250 for banquets. Other major event venues are the Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center, with a main hall that can seat up to 1,002 in classroom-style seating and seven smaller meeting rooms, and the Cul- tural Activities Center, with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space including a ball- room, an auditorium and gallery spaces. ► Visitors to Seguin will find stories, accord- ing to the Seguin CVB; stories about the state's oldest licensed bar, about the world's largest collection (more than 8,000) of holi- day nutcrackers and about unique attractions, including a 6,000-year-old archeological dig. The Seguin Coliseum is a 12,000-square- foot multi-purpose facility that can seat up to 1,000 people for theater-style presentations. Other event venues include the Texas The- ater, a restored 1930s theater with seating for up to 350; and the Silver Center, with three event rooms for up to 300. Hotels with meeting space include the Park Plaza Hotel Seguin, with 35 guest rooms, meeting rooms and reception space for up to 200; Hampton Inn Seguin, with 68 guest rooms and a small meeting room; and 139-room Days Inn, with 2,000 square feet of meeting space. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Seguin Historic Texas Theater Contact:

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