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JAN 2018

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 vice president of marketing for the Wilmington and Beaches CVB (WBCVB). "We are excited to be the first to allow planners to experience our destination through the power of this exciting, innovative technology by simply clicking for immediate access to high-quality panoramic views." According to Braden, SkyNav will function as the WBCVB's virtual reality site inspection. Members of the sales team can use it in trade show booths or during individual appointments. They can pull it up on their iPads or view it through VR mode on their mobile phones. They will also have VR cardboard headsets available at booths for anyone who wants to experience the tour on a deeper level. South Carolina Air Show Announced MYRTLE BEACH — JLC Air Show Management will host the first air show in Myrtle Beach in more than a decade on April 28 and 29 at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. "Horry County Department of Airports is excited to partner with JLC Air Show Management and welcome the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show to the Grand Strand," said Scott Van Moppes, airport director for the county. "The opportunity to bring an air show back to Myrtle Beach is fantastic news and should be an exciting community event. The format of the air show, with the Blue Angels as the headliner, embraces the rich military heritage of our community." The Blue Angels will perform in their six signature gold-and-blue F-18 Hornets known for their hard- charging demonstration of precision formation flying while pushing their aircraft to their limit. In addition to the Blue Angels, there will be a host of world- class aerobatic and warbird performers. Other 2018 Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show performers and artists will be unveiled soon. Advance tickets, sponsor, and exhibitor information are available at wingsovermyrtlebeach.com. Tennessee JW Marriott Nashville Reaches New Heights NASHVILLE — The JW Marriott Nashville, scheduled to open in summer 2018, now extends 386 feet into the Music City skyline. The construction milestone for the property, which sits on one of the highest elevation points in Nashville, was celebrated with a Topping Out ceremony attended by city officials, hospitality partners and industry leaders from around the country. "The building has already reshaped Nashville's iconic skyline," said Jeffrey Soffer, CEO and co-chairman of the property's ownership organization, Turnberry Associates. "I would like to express our pride in taking part in the remarkable revitalization of one of the country's most thriving and vibrant cities." When completed, the property will feature 533 guest rooms and suites, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, a trio of award-winning restaurants, including Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak, a full- service Spa by JW, a heated rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Turnberry Associates will have infused over $250 million into the local economy upon completion of the project and the hotel will provide nearly 400 jobs to the local community by the time it opens. n Leadership Team Announced CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hotel Bennett, a new luxury hotel under con- struction on King Street and overlooking Charleston's historic Marion Square, recently announced its opening leadership team. Vijay Singh was named managing director of the 179-room prop- erty. A highly-respected, Charleston-based hospitality executive, he has spent the last six years working as vice president of operations for Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Heidi Nowak will be the hotel's director of sales and marketing after a distinguished career with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Lindsay Forseth has been appointed as the director of catering and conference services after moving from Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. Ryan Quinlan, formerly of the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, is the ho- tel's director of engineering. "I'm proud to be working alongside such knowledgeable and expe- rienced professionals to open the most luxurious property Charleston has ever seen," said Singh. "We look forward to delivering world-class service and becoming a true community gathering place for the city's residents." Hotel Bennett is scheduled to open in summer 2018, featuring el- egant guest rooms and suites opening onto the square, a two-tiered restaurant with outdoor seating, and a stylish bar and lounge. The hotel will also include a rooftop pool and bar, a luxury spa, a patisserie and more than 14,000 square feet of grand event and meeting spaces, including a 6,600-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Hotel Bennett's lobby is designed to serve as a gathering place, with a signature restaurant and bar that open onto terraces overlooking Marion Square. The hotel will also feature Camellia's Bar, with an etched-mirrored ceiling and reclaimed pink marble from the former Charleston Library on its bar- and tabletops. The property is named for the Charleston-based Bennett family and is owned by local hotelier Michael Bennett and his company, Bennett Hospitality. Hotel Bennett is being managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts. n

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