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 45 L O U I S I A N A Street Wharf to other parts of the city, is set to begin this month and expected to take 12 to 14 months to complete. Other new hotels with planned 2019 openings are the Hard Rock Hotel & Residences on Canal Street, with 350 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of event space, and The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center at the National World War II Museum, with 230 guest rooms and 18,000 square feet of meeting space. Live Nation Entertainment is opening a new special event venue, The Fillmore at Harrah's New Orleans, in early 2019. The 2,000-capac- ity state-of-the-art concert hall located inside Harrah's Casino will host an array of events and will also offer venues for corporate events, pri- vate concerts, receptions or private dinners. Cur- rently, Harrah's New Orleans offers 450 guest rooms and 47,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the Vieux Carré Ballroom, which can accommodate 360 guests and has a private outdoor balcony overlooking the city. Another coming attraction for 2019 is the Sazerac House Museum, housed in two reha- bilitated 200-year-old buildings on Canal Street and featuring the history of the Sazerac and other iconic New Orleans brands. The Audubon Zoo is building a new habitat for African lions and the Louisiana Children's Museum is moving to City Park, with new indoor and outdoor classrooms and exhibits. Among the properties that debuted in 2018 is The Jung Hotel & Residences, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection (NOHC). Following a $14 million restoration of the Canal Street property that dates back to 1925, The Jung offers 207 guest rooms and 21,000 square feet of event space, including areas that can accommodate 1,000 for receptions, executive conference rooms and a rooftop reception room with a pool deck view of the city. Other properties that are part of the NOHC include the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Air- port with 292 guest rooms and more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space including a 7,000-square-foot ballroom; the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, with 218 guest rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space; Hotel Mazarin, with 97 guest rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space; Dauphine Orleans Hotel, with 111 guest rooms and 1,000 square feet of event space; The Whitney Hotel, with 93 guest rooms and 863 square feet of event space; and Hotel Le Marais, with 64 guest rooms and 300 square feet of meeting space. The new Eliza Jane Hotel in the Central Busi- ness District was created by transforming the former offices of The Daily Picayune into 196 guest rooms and 1,729 square feet of event space. Another reimagined property, The Peter and Paul Hotel was created by turning a former church and school campus into a 71-room hotel with a small event space. The city of New Orleans has more than 22,000 hotel rooms, according to New Orleans and Com- pany, most within a walkable 2-mile radius of downtown and the French Quarter. $GGLWLRQDO1HZ2UOHDQV9HQXHV • Generations Hall: 35,000 square feet of event space • +LOWRQ1HZ2UOHDQV5LYHUVLGH130,000 square feet of event space; 9,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard; 1,622 guest rooms • 6KHUDWRQ1HZ2UOHDQV+RWHO105,000 square feet of meeting space; 1,110 hotel rooms • ,QWHU&RQWLQHQWDO1HZ2UOHDQV 33,000 square feet of meeting space; 484 guest rooms • $VWRU&URZQH3OD]D1HZ2UOHDQV 32,000 square feet of meeting space; 693 guest rooms • Hotel Monteleone: 25,000 square feet of meeting space; 570 guest rooms • 5R\DO6RQHVWD1HZ2UOHDQV21,000 square feet of event space; 483 guest rooms • /H0HULGLHQ1HZ2UOHDQV: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 410 guest rooms • 7KH1236,+RWHO 14,000 square feet of meeting space; 217 guest rooms • Hyatt Centric French Quarter: 10,000 square feet of event space; 254 guest rooms • $FH+RWHO1HZ2UOHDQV 7,500 square feet of meeting space; 234 guest rooms • +ROLGD\,QQ'RZQWRZQ6XSHUGRPH293 guest rooms; 7,300 square feet of meeting space • Maison Dupuy: 6,169 square feet of meeting space; 200 guest rooms • Bienville House: 80 guest rooms; 2,000 square feet of meeting space Q "Lake Charles is an ideal meeting and convention desti- nation for numerous reasons," said Taylor Beard, senior sales manager at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB. "Not only do we have the facilities to accommodate groups of nearly any size but we have a wide variety of options to keep your meeting attendees entertained while they're in town. Whether it be gaming, golf, live music and festivals, culinary adventures or simply relaxing in world-class spas, Southwest Louisiana has something for everyone to enjoy." In addition to the more refined pleasures, this area offers wetlands that provide out- door attractions, such as the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and Sam Houston Jones State Park. The Creole Nature Trail runs along coastal marshlands with 26 miles of Gulf beaches and opportunities aplenty for guided water- way tours through wetlands recognized as part of the Mississippi Flyway, making it a U.S. Top 10 birding destination. Q Contact: New Tower at Golden Nugget B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Lake Charles

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