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 37 Hot Springs has been drawing visitors to enjoy its soothing mineral springs, the spas that grew up around them, and the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the quaint town since the early 1800s. Those are still Hot Springs primary attractions but the biggest recent news, accord- ing to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, comes from Oaklawn, the thoroughbred horse racing and gaming destination that's been pulling in those with a thing for Lady Luck since the early 1900s. Oaklawn, located in the Hot Springs National Park, recently completed a $20 million expansion that included a 50 percent expansion of the casino and the opening of two additional eateries. Oaklawn was voted Best Racetrack/Racino in the Mid-South by readers of Southern Gam- ing and Destinations magazine and was voted Best Casino/Gaming Center by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette last year. The newest development however is at Arlington's Mid-America Science Museum. The museum is undergoing an $8 million renovation that will be completed in March. It will then offer permanent and traveling science exhibits, a digital dome theater, a two-story interactive water tower, multiple interactive workshops and the Science Skywalk. Hot Springs primary meeting space is the Hot Springs Convention Center/Bank of the Ozarks Arena. The facility has 103,000 square feet of space in its multiple exhibit halls and 14 meeting rooms. Hot Springs has over 3,000 sleeping rooms in the city limits. The modest size of the city puts all of them within five to 10 minutes from the convention center. "Also, a 94-room Holiday Inn Express ‰ Hot Springs Eternal! C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S Hot Springs sits snug amidst Central Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains.

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