SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 33 Louisiana E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O LA L A K E P O N T C H A R T R A I N V I E W Historic Mandeville, located on Louisiana's Northshore, still features the same sweeping views of Lake Pontchartrain enjoyed by visitors of centuries past. Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville, who founded the city in 1834, established the guideline that the space between the lake and streets fronting the lake were never to be obstructed in any manner. During the late 19th Century, Mandeville became a resort town, served by steamships. Since the building of the Causeway Bridge in 1956, the area has become more connected to New Orleans but still retains a unique character all its own and offers a variety of meeting sites and attractions. T. WAYNE WATERS Louisiana offers meeting planners and meeting attendees a unique culture, landscape and – with the Mississippi River, Red River, Lake Pontchartrain, bayous, swamps, marshes and wetlands of all kinds – a magnificent waterscape, too. The Pelican State is home to a great mix of cities and venues of all sizes, and has great access for drive-in visitors from the three states that surround it: Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Steeped in history but with all the high-tech and first-class venues anyone could want, Louisiana is a top pick for meeting planners. Shreveport-Bossier City The tourist bureau for the Shreveport-Bossier City area tags it as "Louisiana's Other Side," to help distinguish its western Louisiana locale close to the Texas state line from the state's more east- erly situated cities. Shreveport and Bossier City are connected by the Red River; and Cross Lake lies off to the metropolitan region's west flank. "The Shreveport Convention Center offers more than 350,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate large expos, state and national association annual meetings, religious conferences, board meetings and sports events," said David Bradley, vice president of sales and services for Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau. "Meeting delegates love our six resort-style casinos, mouthwatering cuisine, shopping, museums, festivals and more." The area's culinary scene continues to blos- som. The Proud Mary 360 Grill, which opened in May in the Red River District of downtown Shreveport, offers Cajun and Creole dishes and steaks but its specialty is fried seafood. In Bossier City, the East Bank District opened in November 2017. Bossier City's new enter- tainment and arts district is home to Flying Heart Brewery, cafes, shops and, as of June, BeauxJax Crafthouse, which offers Cajun and Creole clas- sics and The Rougaroux Bar. The East Bank District is also where visitors and locals alike enjoy East Bank Plaza, a public space for festivals and community events. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 34 for more information.) Shreveport/Bossier City Meeting Spaces • Shreveport Convention Center: 350,000-square-foot facility; 95,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 18,000-square-foot ball- room; 10 meeting rooms; connected to the 313-room Hilton Hotel Shreveport • Shreveport Municipal Auditorium: restored historic facility; 6,300-square-foot arena; more than 3,000 seats; 54-foot proscenium arch • Hirsch Coliseum/State Fair of Louisiana: 10,300-seat coliseum • 6DP·V7RZQ+RWHO &DVLQR18,000 square feet of meeting space; 548 guest rooms • Wyndham Garden Shreveport: 15,500 square feet of meeting space; 267 guest rooms • Bossier Civic Center: 35,000 square feet of meeting space • CenturyLink Center (Bossier City): 270,000-square-foot facility; 14,000-seat multipurpose arena ► Marcia Bradford

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