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SEP 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² S E P T E M B E R 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 36 3,000-square-foot terrace. About 30 miles southeast of Alexandria, Par- agon Casino Resort in Marksville offers gaming and a 500-room hotel as well as live entertain- ment, a spa, dining options, and 35,000 square feet of event space. Area attractions include Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria Museum of Art, Arna Bon- temps African American Museum & Cultural Arts Center, Louisiana History Museum, and downtown historic trolley tours. Pineville's attractions include the Gone Wild Safari, Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site, and the Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum. Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Lake Charles is home to first-rate casinos with ample meeting space, lots of upscale guest rooms and live performance venues. Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana CVB's 360 Virtual Reality Experience uses 360-degree photography and video to give viewers the opportunity to see what the area offers in virtual reality with a tablet, smart phone or virtual reality headset. Golden Nugget Lake Charles opened the new Rush Tower last year, adding 350 luxury guest rooms to the property's inventory, bringing the resort's total to 1,100. It also offers 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space and 12 restau- rants. The 26-story 1,000-room L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles is adjacent to the Golden Nugget and connected by both a boardwalk and trolley. The AAA Four Diamond property boasts 1,000 guest rooms, 26,000 square feet of meeting space, a 14,140-square-foot ballroom and eight restaurants. Both properties have access to an 18- hole championship Tom Fazio golf course. Another nearby gaming venue, the Coushatta Casino Resort has 929 guest rooms and more than 45,000 square feet of event space. Additionally, the Lake Charles Civic Center has 62,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space including the 7,450-seat James E. Sudduth Coliseum, the 1,960-seat Rosa Hart Theatre and an outdoor Arcade Amphitheatre. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 45 for more information.) Lafayette About 75 miles on I-10 eastbound from Lake Charles, about halfway to Baton Rouge, Lafay- ette is in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun (Acadian) culture and home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its Ragin' Cajuns. The Ragin' Cajuns CAJUNDOME reopened last year fol- lowing a $22 million renovation. Lafayette takes its Acadian culture to heart. Acadian Village is a folklife museum with restored 19th Century homes and commercial buildings of traditional Acadian architecture, as well as a large covered outdoor pavilion. The Acadiana Center for the Arts features Acadi- ana-related art, an arts education center and a live-performance venue often graced with Acadi- ana performers. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 38 for more information.) Lafayette Venues • CAJUNDOME and Convention Center: 72,000 square feet of meeting space; 20 breakout rooms; large exhibit halls; 13,000- seat CAJUNDOME arena adjacent • Petroleum Club of Lafayette Le Pavillon: 44,000 square feet; 15 configurable rooms • Frem F. Boustany Convention Center: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 2,230- seat Heymann Performing Arts Center • Acadiana Center for the Arts: 6,000-square- foot room; 1,300-square-foot room; small art gallery space; 15-person boardroom; Atrium/ Café area; 300-seat James Devin Moncus Theater • 'RXEOH7UHHE\+LOWRQ/DID\HWWH 22,000 square feet of meeting space; 327 guest rooms • (YDQJHOLQH'RZQV+RWHO117 guest rooms; 15,000 square feet of event space Baton Rouge Louisiana's capital city, located on the bank of the Mississippi River about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, is known as a great locale for historical elements such as the Rural Life ► L O U I S I A N A A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alexandria/Pineville ................................... B3 Baton Rouge +......................................... D4 Gonzales ................................................... D3 Hammond .................................................. E4 Houma + .................................................. E6 Jefferson + ............................................... E5 Kinder ........................................................ B4 Lafayette + ............................................... C5 Lake Charles + ........................................ B5 Many.......................................................... A3 Metairie...................................................... E5 Monroe/West Monroe................................ C2 Morgan City ............................................... D5 Natchitoches.............................................. B3 New Iberia ................................................. C5 New Orleans.............................................. E5 Shreveport/Bossier City +.......................... A2 Slidell ......................................................... F5 Sulphur ...................................................... B5 City Map Location + + + + + +

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