JUL 2017

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J U L 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 9 Reimagined Airport Hotel Experience ATLANTA — Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott Interna- tional, Inc., recently announced the grand opening of the Renais- sance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel. Connected via SkyTrain to the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, it boasts two expansive outdoor spaces, a fitness center and a bar. The property features 204 guest rooms, including eight suites; Hickory & Hazel Southern Table and Bar, led by specialty chef Blake McDonald; and 6,290 square feet of event space. A 3,345-square-foot ballroom fea- tures a floor-to-ceiling outlook of the Tango Terrace. Louisiana New French Quarter Property Opens NEW ORLEANS—The new Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter adds an all-suite, extended-stay hotel to the New Orleans tourism landscape. The property offers a combination of studio and one-bedroom suites, including 12 balcony suites, which feature fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. An outdoor space includes a pool, a kitchen and grill area, a billiards room, a putting green, a 24-hour fitness center and con- cierge services. The hotel includes more than 1,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, with cater- ing options for up to 75 guests. South Carolina New Oceanfront Venue HILTON HEAD ISLAND — The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa has added a new Grand Ocean Terrace oceanfront event venue. General Manager Tim Freisen said that the project designer and "eco-tect" David Sklar "incor- porates his passion for bringing eco-friendly elements to life through each project. His special- ized talents shine through the de- sign of the Grand Ocean Terrace." The overall structure features deep roof overhangs, extensive porches and shaded terraces to both reduce heat gain and create natural cooling while providing additional protection from the elements. The operable glass walls create an open-air feel and provide nat- ural ventilation, generating gentle cross-breezes to increase comfort. The exterior features turtle- friendly lighting and beautiful landscaping that buffers the im- pact of the structure and promotes dune stability. The storm and rainwater runoff system is designed to be self-con- tained, ensuring that no erosion occurs to the beach or surrounding areas. Tennessee Kimpton Aertson Hotel Comes to Midtown Nashville NASHVILLE — The Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville's Midtown neighborhood opened in June, marking the boutique hotel company's first venture in Music City. As anchor of the new mixed-use complex Aertson Midtown, many of the Aertson's 180 guest rooms, including 12 spacious suites, offer city and Vanderbilt campus views. Adjacent to the hotel is Henley, a modern American brasserie featuring James Beard Award-win- ning Chef RJ Cooper and serving a culinary menu of shareable dishes and innovative communal courses highlighting regional flavors. Hen- ley's full bar and wine and cocktail program evolves seasonally with a strong emphasis on whiskey, bourbon and Southern spirits. On its 8th floor, the Aertson boasts more than 6,500 square feet of flexible meeting and event spaces to accommodate groups and parties of all sizes and occasions. n NORFOLK, Va.— The recently opened Hilton Norfolk The Main has be- come Norfolk's newest meeting destination. The property includes The Exchange at The Main, a meeting facility featuring more than 50,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, including Virginia's largest hotel ballroom, four signature on-site dining options and a 300-room Hilton Hotel with sweeping views of Norfolk's Elizabeth River. Among the 39 meeting space layouts housed on two floors of the facility is the Fraim Center for Excellence, a tiered conference space. There are also secure, technologically advanced meeting spaces and two large-scale ballrooms with several configuration options. "Norfolk has long been a city known as a center for business and trade since it was founded in 1736. With our proximity to major cities, including Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, we are gaining recognition as a regional meeting destination that offers a great business experience but at a fraction of the cost associated with big-city destinations," said Justin Beale, director of sales and marketing for the property. n New IACC Property Features State's Largest Hotel Ballroom The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel

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