JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 14 WINTER EVENT HOT SPOTS Live large in this hot destination that is home to professional sports teams, celebrity chefs, world-class museums and a dozen entertainment districts. Hot Winter Activities: • Explore the106-acre Dallas Zoo, the largest in Texas, which features many rare and endangered species. Don't miss Giants of the Savanna, where elephants mingle alongside giraffes, zebra and other African species. • Gallop through the heart of the Great Trinity Forest, by setting up a riding experience with the Texas Horse Park, a new equestrian facility. The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton - Sophisticated and comfortable, this boutique property is surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Nearby outdoor attractions include the Katy Trail Jogging & Activity Trail and White Rock Lake. Omni Dallas Hotel - An oasis in the heart of the city, this property features a heated outdoor infinity swimming pool and the Uptown Terrace Pool Bar & Grill, both offering stunning views of downtown. The West End Historic District is within walking distance and offers museums, galleries, dining and entertainment. HOT SPOT: Dallas, Texas Sheraton Dallas Hotel Situated in the downtown Arts & Financial District and on the DART Light Rail line, this large conference hotel is within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art, Kylde Warren Park, and Meyerson Symphony Center. Dallas Zoo tour HOTTEST of the HOT There's music in the street every day and an outdoor festival nearly every week in this colorful city known as the "Big Easy." Hot Winter Activities: • Enjoy City Park's 1,300 acres, which offer an amusement park, botanical garden, golf, tennis, walking and jogging paths. • Take a dinner jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez, the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. • Arrange a second-line parade through the streets of the city and get a taste of Mardi Gras- style fun. JW Marriott New Orleans - Close to numerous attractions in both the French Quarter and Central Business District, this property features an outdoor saltwater pool with great city views and the Rex Patio, which can be used as special event space. Ace Hotel New Orleans - One of the hot new properties in the popular Warehouse Arts District, this hotel is close to galleries, shopping, muse- ums, dining and entertainment. A rooftop garden and restaurant, Alto has a pool that offers panoramic views of the city, seasonal cocktails and small plates. Jung Hotel & Residences of the New Orleans Hotel Collection A restored historic icon that dates back to the 1920s, the recent- ly-opened Canal Street luxury hotel is close to the historic Saenger and Joy Theatres, as well as French Quarter attractions. An onsite pool deck and VIP Terrace offer spots for outdoor gatherings. HOT SPOT: New Orleans, Louisiana Royal Sonesta New Orleans Right in the heart of the French Quarter action, yet cool and elegant inside, this Bourbon Street property has wrought-iron balconies, an out- door pool and a lush courtyard, as well as The Jazz Playhouse, featuring local artists each night. HOTTEST of the HOT

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