FEB 2015

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 33 With a convenient location along Interstate 10, midway between Houston and New Orleans, Lake Charles easily attracts group business. And the attraction to t he area is increasing as the city is in the midst of an industrial economic boom with more hotels, restaurants and attractions opening. ‰ The Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel is now open with 750 guest rooms, 30,000 square foot of gaming space, an 18-hole championship golf course, a spa, retail options and dining options such as Landry's Seafood, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, Grotto Italian Ris- torante, Saltgrass Steakhouse and others. An 18,000-square-foot ball- room, an entertainment showroom, meeting spaces, a one-of-a-kind pool and beach front, and a marina now make for exciting event spaces. ‰ The West Cal Arena is now joined by the West Cal Events Center, which opened in 2014 as a multipurpose facility that includes a main ballroom/exhibit hall that can be divided into two sections with a service corridor between them and a secondary meeting room that divides into three rooms. Two additional meeting rooms will also be avail- able, one of which will offer an exterior entrance. Along with prefunction areas, the facility offers 24,300 square feet of meeting space. A full-service catering kitchen and high-definition A/V will also be available. ‰ The Lake Charles Civic Center provides a sweeping view of the lake and has received recent improvements such as a complete lighting and ceiling makeover in the coliseum, an elegant promenade in the main hallway and significant renovations to the 17,875-square-foot expo hall. Second-floor changes include new mezzanine flooring and state-of-the-art technology in the Contraband Room. On the third floor, the Buccaneer Room, which accommo- dates 500, and the 450-person capacity Jean Lafitte Room have been com- pletely renovated with new lighting, curtains, and the latest in high-tech services. A full- service catering kitchen serves the entire facility. n ‰ There are several new downtown ven- ues for small meetings and events. Inter- esting options include the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank building, the Brickhouse, and the Charleston Ballroom, located in the his- toric Charleston Hotel, which has been con- verted into quaint shops and event space. ‰ The L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, which recently completed a $20 million renovation, boasts nearly a thousand guest rooms and amenities such as the Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill, the Ember Grille and Wine Bar, and the Contraband Bayou golf course. The L'Auberge Ballroom, with 14,140 square feet, can accommodate 1,182 guests, banquet style, or 1,402 theater style, and divides into six separate meeting areas. Additional meeting rooms and a terrace are available. ‰ The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel pro- vides 13,500 square feet of flexible meeting space for groups of up to 1,140 as well as an events center with 9,430 square feet of space. The newly remodeled Lakeside Ball- room gives attendees views of the lake and downtown, and can accommodate up to 150 guests for banquets or 290 with theater-style seating. There are two lodging options, the recently renovated Tower Hotel and The Inn at the Isle, and a variety of dining venues and gaming opportunities. n What's Hot In Lake Charles S O U T H W E S T L O U I S I A N A RideThe Economic Boom In Lake Charles The Golden Nugget Casino Resort & Hotel is now open! The Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank event center Meet by the water at the Lake Charles Civic Center!

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