JUL 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 51 There is an event-services department and an as- sortment of venues on the campus of MSU. Lodg- ing with event space include Hilton Garden Inn, with event space for up to 210 people and Holiday Inn Express, which can host up to 55 people. Columbus Offering year-round events and festivals, historic antebellum homes, golf, motorsports and outdoor sports, including fishing on the Tennessee–Tom- bigbee Waterway, Columbus "has it all" for events, according to the Columbus-Lowndes CVB. The city is a highlighted stop on the Mis- sissippi Blues Trail and was also home to writers Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams, whose childhood home is open for tours. According to the CVB, the city offers 1,000 area guest rooms and a variety of event spaces. Trotter Convention Center is a reception venue for up to 500 guests, and Burnt Oak Lodge and Conference Center has indoor and outdoor spaces for about 100 guests. Hotels with event space include Courtyard by Marriott, with 3,000 square feet of meeting space; the 99-room Hyatt Place, with three function rooms to accommodate up to 120 people; and Wingate by Wyndham, with two meeting rooms to host up to 120 people. Tupelo Known around the world as the birthplace of "the King," Tupelo offers unique off-site event venues such as Elvis's childhood home. "The Tupelo Visitors Center is the perfect starting ► M I S S I S S I P P I University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg COME HAVE A TRULY MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE Amid high Victorian elegance, an audience murmurs in happy anticipation of another star performance. They're enjoying the MSU Riley Center, a remarkable venue like no other, anywhere. Forgotten for generations and then lovingly restored, the 19th-century architectural showplace now houses a state-of-the-art conference and social events center. Come see why we are touted as one of the best venues in the Southeast. 2200 Fifth Street • Meridian, MS 39301 • 601.696.2200 • • VisitMississippi

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