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 52 point for a trip to the city," said Jennie Bradford Curlee, TMP, public relations/international sales director for the Tupelo CVB. "From interactive exhibits that highlight Tupelo's top attractions and a collective timeline of the city's rich history to displays focused on Elvis' childhood in Tupelo as told like never before, the Tupelo Visitors Center prepares visitors for exploring our unique Southern town. The Tupelo Visitors Center is available to meeting planners for hosting receptions, board meetings or special events." According to the CVB, the city can accommodate events from 50 to 5,000 people. The largest event facility in the city is the multi-use BancorpSouth Arena, with 10,000 seats and space for up to 170 exhibit booths. Located across the street, the 120,000-square-foot Tupelo Automobile Museum provides planners with private tours and large event spaces. According to the CVB, Tupelo has more than 1,900 guest rooms. The 158-room Hilton Garden Inn can host up to 900 for meetings. Other hotels with limited event space are the 90-room Court- yard by Marriott, the 54-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, and the 88-room Hampton Inn & Suites. Oxford Home to Ole Miss and Square Books, one of the South's premiere independent bookstores, Oxford offers a small-college-town atmosphere with event venues to suit almost any size group, including venues and resources available on cam- pus through University Conference and Event Services. The Ole Miss Oxford Depot can seat up to 60 people and the E.F. Yerby Conference Cen- ter can accommodate up to 140 guests. The Uni- versity of Mississippi Museum has two adjoining rooms that can hold up to 125 for receptions. The Oxford Conference Center can host groups of up to 1,200 people, with a 10,000-square-foot column-free hall, a 300-seat auditorium and an executive boardroom. The Powerhouse Commu- nity Arts Center features an exhibit hall, confer- ence and reception space, and a 160-seat theater. Adjacent, the Hampton Inn Oxford Conference Center has a 1,284-square-foot meeting room that can seat up to 120 people. Two new hotels offer event space, according to Kinney Ferris, deputy director of Visit Oxford. Graduate Oxford, part of a college-town boutique hotel chain, has 136 guest rooms and three event rooms with reception space for up to 70 guests, plus a 12-person executive boardroom. The 103- room Courtyard Oxford has two meeting rooms and a rooftop lounge. The Inn at Ole Miss has 146 guest rooms and more than 10,000 square feet of event space. Other hotels with limited event spaces are Hamp- ton Inn Oxford-West and Holiday Inn Express. Southaven/DeSoto County Situated just south of Memphis, Tenn., DeSoto County includes the five communities of Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Walls and Southaven. The largest event facility in the county is the Landers Center, which has a 17,000-square-foot convention hall, a 400-seat performing arts theater and a 10,000-seat arena. 1 Memphis Street is a new special-events venue that can accommodate up to 292 people in a restored cottonseed warehouse. Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch provides 174 guest rooms and more than 47,000 square feet of event space. With 24 meeting rooms and four ballrooms, the facility can accommodate meetings for up to 600 guests. A new Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened in summer 2017 and offers 76 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 60 people. Tunica In the heart of the Mississippi Delta and about 20 miles southwest of Memphis, Tunica has more than 6,300 hotel rooms, including upscale casino resort accommodations, and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Tunica's Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and 3,500-square-foot Museum is available for events and can host up to 125 people for receptions. The Tunica Arena and Exposition Center has meeting space for up to 60 attendees. Tunica RiverPark and Museum offers 2,100 square feet of reception space, meeting rooms for up to 145 people, terrace space and cruises on the Tunica Queen riverboat. Casino resort meeting facilities include Mid- South Meetings by Caesars, with event spaces at Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino, and at Tunica Roadhouse Casino and Hotel. Horseshoe Casino can accommodate up to 500 people for banquets and Tunica Roadhouse can seat up to 125. Sam's Town Hotel & Casino can host up to 1,500 people for meetings. Hollywood Casino Tunica offers 494 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of function space, plus a championship 18- hole golf course. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 53.) At Gold Strike Casino Resort, planners will find 30,000 square feet of event space, including a 9,000-square-foot ballroom. Fitz Casino & Hotel has 507 guest rooms, the Great Hall, which can seat up to 400 for dinners, and the Ireland Room, which seats up to 50. Resorts Casino Tunica has 201 guest rooms, a championship 18-hole golf course and can host up to 200 people for a reception. Batesville Located about an hour south of Memphis, Batesville is a city of about 7,000 people. The Batesville Civic Center has 4,200 square feet of meeting space and an arena that can seat up 3,200. A Comfort Suites hotel is located next door to the center. The Holiday Inn Batesville has two meet- ing rooms that can host up to 165 people for receptions. M I S S I S S I P P I The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson Visit Jackson

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