OCT 2014

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 11 This winter, the new Le Méridien New Orleans hotel is set to open after a strategic conversion of the former W New Orleans. Design element and patterns within the hotel will draw from the architectural features of the city, including the iconic wrought iron work, and from cultural references of the city such as Mardi Gras parade routes to quotes from one of the city's most famous sons, Louis Armstrong. Wall coverings along the guestroom corridors have been inspired by the cartography of New Orleans with hidden quotes about the city incorporated into the custom pattern. As one moves from the corridor into the guestroom, the entry is wrapped in a graphic design that rep- resents crowd densities along the Mardi Gras route. This theme of sub- tle nuances continues throughout the design of the guestroom, creating a unique design for Le Méridien New Orleans. ■ The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell is planning a renovation for 2015 that is set to be complete in fall 2016. The Robinson Center in Little Rock is undergoing a major renovation and expansion that's set to be complete in fall 2016. Included in the renovation, the center is set to add more meeting space. September 2016 is set to bring the opening of the new Marriott Marquis Houston, a 1,000-room hotel next to Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The hotel will include 100,000 square feet of meeting space and a 60,000-square- foot rooftop deck with an infinity pool and a lazy river. ■ A bastion of elegance since she opened her doors in 1925, The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. is entering the final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all guest rooms unveiling a stylish makeover in February 2015. The 366-room Westin Austin Downtown Hotel, set to open June 2015, will be located one block from the Austin Conven- tion Center and the 6th Street Entertainment District and offer 16 meeting rooms. The Baha Mar Casino and Hotel in Nassau City, Bahamas is scheduled to debut in summer 2015 with the largest casino in the Caribbean, a signature 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, and a 2,000-seat performing arts center. The Westin, The Woodlands (Houston area, Texas) is set to debut at the end of 2015 with 302 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of meeting space in a scenic location over- looking The Woodlands Waterway in Waterway Square. ■ Le Méridien New Orleans hotel Take the leap to find new meeting sites. Use this timeline for a look at new & renovated destinations, hotels & facilities throughout the South.

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