FEB 2017

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F E B R 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 7 Kids Adven- ture Clubs, interactive displays, and live wildlife demonstrations; and Treehouse, a majestic two-story treehouse built for the "Treehouse Masters" TV show on Animal Planet. There will also be archaeological displays, a butterfly garden (Spring 2017) Little Indian Stables, fea- turing 24 stalls that allow riders to walk through and visit horses. Recreational activities include a fly-fishing school, wildlife tram and jeep tours and horseback riding. Dogwood Canyon is managed by the Dogwood Canyon Founda- tion, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental conserva- tion and has a mission to conserve, preserve and educate. North Carolina JB Duke Hotel Opens DURHAM — JB Duke Hotel, North Carolina's new lodging des- tination located on the campus of Duke University, is now open. "Travelers from near and far will experience the very best of Southern hospitality at the JB Duke Hotel, nestled in the heart of Duke's iconic campus," said Gregg Hilker, general manager of the JB Duke Hotel. "The hotel's contemporary design, convenient conference room features and atten- tive staff offer the perfect backdrop for visitors of Durham's flourishing cultural, culinary, athletic, academic and business scenes." The hotel layout features 198 guest rooms and the 25,000-square- foot Thomas Executive Conference Center, MarketPlace, a full-service restaurant and The Lobby Lounge. Tennessee Chuck Wagon Cookoff PIGEON FORGE—A Chuck Wag- on Cook Off competition, featuring Food Network star Kent Rollins and including more that 10 chuck wagons, will be held at Clabough's Campground on March 4. "Great food and the chance to observe and interact with our chuck wagon cooks makes our Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cook Off not only unique but educational," said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. "Whether you're in search of a delicious meal or want to learn more about the American West, the cook off lets you get up-close and experience something extraordinary." The competition includes cash prizes for most authentic wagon and awards in various food cate- gories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert. Tickets are $12.50 and may be purchased on site or online at MyPigeon- on-cookoff-competition. The day also includes several free activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: an old-time Western Buckaroo Round- up for children of all ages featuring Cal Farley's Boys Ranch providing roping and branding demos; roving cowboy lookalikes from the Golden Age of cinema; and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women's outdoor adventure group in the country. Texas New CEO ARLINGTON—Mary German has been promoted to chief operating officer of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has been with the Arlington CVB for 25 years, leading several departments and initiatives including the Arling- ton Tourism Public Improvement District. Washington, D.C. New General Manager WASHINGTON—Gregory Lein- weber has been named general manager of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC. He was previously area director of sales and marketing for four of Kimpton's downtown Washing- ton, D.C., hotels: Hotel Monaco, The George, the Donovan House and Hotel Helix (now Mason & Rook). n DESTIN—The Henderson, A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, re- cently named its leadership team. Gary Griggs, who will be director of sales, has 31 years of hotel sales and marketing experience, including with destination resorts in Palm Springs, Calif., Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and the Florida gulf coast. Greg Whitacre, who will be director of group sales, has 20 years of experience in hotel group sales. Most recently he was area vice presi- dent of sales (south central U.S.) for Marriott International, Inc. Kelly Galloway, selected as one of the property's senior sales man- agers, has 29 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently with St. Joe Club and Resorts, which includes The Pearl and WaterColor Inn & Resort. Also named a senior sales manager, Cathy Jones has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality and golf industry. She has previously worked with Renaissance World Golf Village and the Kis- simmee-St. Cloud Convention & Visitors Bureau. n Sales Team Selected Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

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