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 40 open to groups with advance reservations. If the waterscape, music and food aren't enough for you, there's also a couple of ele- gant 19th Century plantations in the area, a downtown art gallery, several day spas, Chau- vin Sculpture Garden, the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum – and considerable meeting space. The Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center offers nearly 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space in its two large exhibition halls, another 10,000 square feet total in five meeting rooms, a lobby with additional space and a full-service kitchen. The 144-room Courtyard Houma has 5,000 square feet of meeting space and the Holiday Inn Houma can provide banquet seating and catering for up to 300. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 44 for more information.) Jefferson Parish Jefferson Parish stretches from Lake Pontchar- train to the Gulf of Mexico. Its most prominent cities are in its northern section just west of New Orleans. Kenner, about 13 miles northwest of New Orleans, is home to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Gretna, the parish seat, sits in an arc of the parish that curves toward an area southeast of the Big Easy and is only five miles away. Metairie, Harahan, Harvey and Westwego are some of the parish's other prominent cities. Jefferson Parish has two conference centers, each with more than 70,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, and offers numerous smaller themed venues along with more than 8,000 hotel rooms. One of Jefferson Parish's unique attractions is NOLA Motorsports Park. The park offers 34,000 square feet of meeting space and is the nation's largest karting track, an open track experience for race cars or motorcycles and an Xtreme Xperi- ence, at which drivers can test drive exotic cars such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The NOLA Motorsports team can customize events with catering and team-building exercises. (See Breakout Spotlight page 42 for more information.) Jefferson Parish Meeting Spaces • Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Center (Kenner): more than 46,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space; 14,680 square feet of meeting space; four meeting rooms; 25,000-square-foot glassed mezzanine lobby; 9,750-square-foot lobby; overlooks Lake Pontchartrain • John A. Alario, Sr. Events Center at the Bayou Segnette Sports Complex (West- wego): 75,000-square-foot facility; more than 30,240 square feet of floor space in one of three Grand Halls; 19,250-square-foot exhibition hall; three 1,500-square-foot meeting rooms and a boardroom • Jefferson Performing Arts Center (Metairie): 1,063-seat venue • NOLA Motorsports Park (Avondale): 34,000 square feet of meeting space • Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel (Kenner): 21,180 square feet of meeting space; 317 guest rooms ► L O U I S I A N A "The comprehensive team of the sales, servicing and marketing departments at Visit Baton Rouge make it a seamless op- eration to plan a meeting or conference in our city," said Geraldine Bordelon, CMP, director of destination sales. "Baton Rouge offers many work and play options, and encourages conference-goers to embrace 'bleisure' while visiting." The "bleisure" options that mix work and play include team-building activities such as an escape game at 13th Gate Escape, Louisiana's Ultimate Escape Game. Addi- tionally, outdoor activities can be arranged through one of BREC's many parks or recreation facilities throughout the East Baton Rouge area. The Baton Rouge CVB team is also always ready to suggest great dining spots. There are several new ones, including Cecelia Creole Bistro, down- town; Soji, modern Asian fare in Mid City; and the Bengal Tap Room, a downtown casual food and brew operation. Perhaps the most intriguing spot, however, opened this spring at Square 46 in the blos- soming Mid City section of Baton Rouge. White Star Market is a gourmet food hall that showcases nine unique food and drink establishments. Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Baton Rouge Contact: L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

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