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 54 Natchez Founded as a French fort in 1716, Natchez is special for its 302-year history overlooking the Mississippi River and for the historic down- town's proximity to meeting facilities, said Lynsey Smith, director of sales for Visit Nat- chez. "For this reason, we are able to pull off some very fun and unique conference events," she said. "Whether it be a jazz band-led second line parade up Main Street to your evening social or a hot-air balloon tethering at your opening reception, Natchez is the perfect place to make your event a memorable one." The Natchez Convention Center has more than 23,000 square feet of function space and 5,100 square feet of pre-function space. Ac- cording to Smith, the center has recently added charging stations for mobile devices through- out the building and is upgrading the sound system to be more digital-based. Just across the street, the Community Center offers 5,000 square feet of space for banquets and small trade shows. Next door, the 119- room Natchez Grand Hotel has 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The AAA Four Diamond Monmouth Historic Inn has 30 guest rooms and suites, and can host up to 150 people for meetings. Other lodging with event space includes the Hotel Vue on the Bluff, with 91 guest rooms and 3,200 square feet of meeting and event space; Holiday Inn Express & Suites Natchez South, with 81 guest rooms and a small meet- ing space; and the 86-room Hampton Inn & Suites, with meeting space for up to 60 guests. Vicksburg Located on the Mississippi River, about halfway between Memphis and New Orleans, Vicksburg can accommodate small corporate retreats or meetings and conventions for up to 2,000 people, according to Visit Vicksburg. Meeting spaces range from historic, quaint inns to traditional hotels, casino resorts, and a 10,000-acre wildlife and hunting resort. The 50,000-square-foot Vicksburg Conven- tion Center can seat up to 2,400 people for the- ater-style presentations. Vicksburg Auditorium can host up to 240 in classroom-style seating or 300 for banquets. The Herbert Bryant Confer- ence Center at Tara Wildlife can accommodate up to 75 lodgers and has a 5,700-square-foot conference space that can host up to 100 guests for retreats. Casino resorts with event space include the Ameristar Casino Hotel, with 149 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 100 people; Lady Luck Casino with 89 guest rooms and two meeting rooms for up to 800; Riverwalk Casino & Hotel, with 80 guest rooms and event space for up to 150 people; and Water- View Casino, with 121 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 550 people. Greenville/Washington County In the heart of the Mississippi Delta along the mighty Mississippi River, Greenville offers 1,200 lodging rooms, according to the CVB, with several event facilities, including the 420-acre Washington County Convention Center, which has a 25,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 4,200-square-foot meeting room and a 38,400-square-foot Expo building with bleachers to seat up to 3,500 people. Harlow's Casino Resort and Spa has 105 guest rooms and an event hall that can accom- modate up to 500 guests. Greenwood Located about halfway between Jackson and Memphis, Tenn., Greenwood is a town where "good music, good food and good company are not only celebrated but are elevated to an art form," according to the Greenwood CVB. The largest event facility in the city is the Leflore County Civic Center with a 1,804-seat arena. The nearby Agri Center has 36,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Alluvian Hotel is a boutique hotel with 45 guest rooms and five suites and accommodates up to 100 people for meetings and events. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : MSU Riley Center Combining the best of old and new, the MSU Riley Center in Meridian inspires attendees to marvel, "Wow, what a cool place!" The center presents flexible meeting facilities with top-flight audio and visual capabilities in a renovated Victorian-era building. It sits in the historic heart of a revitalized downtown Meridian, a mile off U.S. Interstates 20/59 and a short walk from restaurants, nightlife and the new Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The 19 meeting and exhibit spaces range in capacity from 18 to 950 people. The theater, a restored 19th Century Grand Opera House, provides a dramatic setting for major presentations or private entertain- ment performances. Attendees can also enjoy concerts and other arts events that coincide with conference dates. Rooms include a 5,200-square-foot Exhibit Hall, a 2,500-square-foot Studio Theater, nine meeting rooms and boardrooms of various sizes and a tiered classroom. All meeting rooms have the latest audio and video technology, including high-speed wireless internet access and 90-inch high-definition LCD displays. According to Michele Thames, conference sales manager for The Riley Center, staff takes pride in its service before, during and after events. "Working with our Meet in Me- ridian partners, we can help with everything from food and beverages to transportation and accommodations, and even coordinate décor and entertainment," she said. "Com- bine the attentive people with the unique set- ting and you get meetings to remember." n Contact: M I S S I S S I P P I

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