ConventionSouth

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 48 home to the Biloxi Shuckers Minor League Baseball team. Lodging in Biloxi includes Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, with 1,740 guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of event space for groups of up to 1,800; the 1,080-room IP Casino Resort Spa, with two ballrooms and studio b, a 19,000-square-foot multi-function room; and the 700-room Golden Nugget, with 22,000 square feet of function space. Also, Palace Casino Resort, Biloxi's only smoke-free casino, has 236 guest rooms and banquet space for up to 80 guests; Hard Rock Hotel and Casino offers 154 guest rooms and three meeting rooms; Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel has 159 guest rooms and a 3,600-square-foot foot ballroom; and the 494- room Harrah's Gulf Coast has more than 3,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. (See Breakout Sotlight on page 53.) In Gulfport, Island View Casino has 970 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of event space; Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront has a meeting capacity of 325 people; and Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport can host up to 150 for events. To the west, Old Town Bay St. Louis has been recognized by na- tional publications as one of the country's "coolest towns." The town's historic L&N Train Depot is a designated Missis- sippi Landmark and currently houses the Mardi Gras Museum and Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum. Along with many quaint B&Bs, the city is home to Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis, a 291- room hotel set on 600 waterfront acres, with 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Silver Slipper Casino has 129 guest rooms and 2,200 square feet of function space. To the east, Ocean Springs offers a walkable downtown, shaded by live oaks and offering art, music, shopping and dining. The Ocean Springs Community Center can host up to 225 for events. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point provides a demonstration site for environmentally friendly landscaping and offers nature-based programming for all ages. A multitude of outdoor spaces and learning environments are available for groups looking to experience the region's natural habitat. Hattiesburg Hattiesburg will add two new hotel properties, including a 100-room Hotel Indigo, by fall 2018, according to Marlo Dorsey, director of marketing and communications for VisitHattiesburg. "We are a growing, thriving visitor destination and will soon have more than 3,000 available hotel rooms," she said. "Hattiesburg's restaurant in- dustry has also enjoyed significant growth and in 2018, our dining options are at an all-time high, showcasing a variety of culinary flavors from traditional Southern fare to international cuisine and everything in between." The city has more than 200 locally owned restaurants. The Lake Terrace Convention Center offers 68,550 square feet of event space with an exhibit hall and a conference room. The center can host up to 3,290 people for an event. The Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi has a ballroom that can accommodate more than 8,000 people. At Pearl River Commu- nity College, The Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center has a 175-seat auditorium. Southern Oaks House & Gardens can host up to 1,400 for receptions and the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot can accommodate up to 275 guests. DoubleTree by Hilton has 138 guest rooms and a 2,200-square-foot event room; Holiday Inn has 100 guest rooms and reception space for up to 250 people; and Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn and the new Hotel Indigo all have small meeting rooms. Meridian Home to two branch campuses of Missis- sippi State University, Meridian offers event attendees a wide range of attractions, according to Visit Meridian. The new Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience ("The MAX") opened in April 2018 and has event space with classrooms, a rooftop terrace, outdoor venues and the Hall of Fame, which can host up to 250 for receptions. A Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, highlight- ing the state's arts and entertainment luminaries, stretches from The MAX to the MSU Riley Center, a four-story performing arts and confer- ence center that includes a fully restored 1890s Grand Opera House theater that seats 950, a ► M I S S I S S I P P I City Map Location Batesville ..................................................................................... C2 Choctaw/Philadelphia .................................................................. D4 Columbus .................................................................................... E4 Corinth ......................................................................................... E1 Greenville/Washington County .................................................... B3 Greenwood .................................................................................. C3 Hattiesburg .................................................................................. D5 Jackson ....................................................................................... C4 Meridien H ................................................................................. D4 Mississippi Gulf Coast H ............................................................ D7 Natchez ...................................................................................... A6 Oxford .......................................................................................... C2 Ridgeland .................................................................................... C4 Southaven/DeSoto County .......................................................... C1 Starkville ...................................................................................... D3 Tunica ......................................................................................... B1 Tupelo.......................................................................................... E2 Vicksburg ..................................................................................... B4 Yazoo City .................................................................................. C4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A B C D E H H

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