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 53 Ridgeland Located just north of Jackson, Ridgeland is located on the Natchez Trace with plenty of options for outdoor activities of all kinds, according to Visit Ridgeland. The city has two hotels that can accommodate larger groups: the 145-room Embassy Suites has 5,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Hyatt Place has 126 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 150 people in theater-style seating. Off-site facilities include the Mississippi Crafts Center, with 5,264 square feet of function space, and Providence Hill Farm, with indoor and out- door reception and party venues. Yazoo City Yazoo City has several small hotels, including the Main Street Hotel, a collection of unique spaces upstairs over historic buildings along Main Street. The No Smoking Smoke House is the hotel's restaurant and event space, with accommodations for receptions and small meetings. A new event facility, C-squared Event Center, opened in May 2018. The Triangle Cultural Center houses the visitors' bureau and a small museum with event space. A 74-room Hampton Inn has a 1,500-square-foot event space for up to 75 guests. Jackson Centrally located and easy to access, Jackson, Mississippi's capital city, offers the amenities of a larger city on a budget that is kind to the bottom line, said Yolanda Clay-Moore, public relations manager for Visit Jackson. "Visit Jackson will canvas the city to identify the best options to ensure an unforgettable experience and these services are complimentary," she said. "Jackson is culturally rich from music to history, offering your attendees many options outside of the event they are attending." In 2017, the city welcomed two new museums and the state's only Westin Hotel. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum offer nine event spaces, including an auditorium, and indoor and outdoor function areas. Just a block from the Jackson Convention Complex, the new 203-room Westin Jackson includes a resort-style spa and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel's Jackson Ballroom can seat up to 570 for banquets. The 330,000-square-foot Jackson Conven- tion Complex has 18 meeting rooms, a 382- seat theater, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom and an exhibit hall that can accommodate up to 315 10x10-foot booths. The District at Eastover is a new, pedestrian- friendly area, Clay-Moore said: "It offers a carefully curated collection of restaurants, a Residence Inn by Marriott, outdoor seating, coffee bar and friendly boutique shopping." ► A 291-room waterfront hotel set on a 600- acre resort, Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast offers planners an all-in-one resort in a location that can't be beat, said Thomas Dean, CMP, senior sales manager. "Our location sets us apart from other hotels and casinos here on the coast," he said. "We are in Bay St. Louis, which is a lovely, quaint town with many charming boutique shops and restaurants but we're also just about 25 miles from Gulfport-Biloxi Inter- national Airport. And we have easy access to I-10, so we're a quick drive away from New Orleans and all that city offers. It's easy to have your event here and then plan a day trip into New Orleans, to the Stennis Space Cen- ter or to the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches." The resort's 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes three meeting rooms and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom that can seat up to 600 for dinner or host up to 800 for receptions. "We don't book multiple groups at the same time, so when you bring your event here, you're our main focus," Dean said. "We have many satis- fied customers with some who have been returning here for 15-plus years." All meeting space at the resort is equipped with high- speed internet service and is separate from the gaming areas. Amenities at the resort include live enter- tainment, the full-service Spa at the Bay and a Lazy River, with a swim-up bar and cabanas. The Bridges Golf Club at the property is the state's only Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole course and is consistently ranked among the Top 40 resort courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine. The casino features nearly 1,000 slots, 20 table games and live-action poker. The resort has multiple dining options, including Bogart's Steakhouse and the Epic Buffet, with more than 80 items and in-house baked desserts. In addition, the resort has a 100-site deluxe RV Park and a full-service marina. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast Contact: M I S S I S S I P P I

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