OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O 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 18 :LWKVXFKDZLGHYDULHW\DQGUH¿QHGFROOHF- tion of arts and cultural offerings, Art Ovation caters to everyone from art-novices to cultural enthusiasts," said Brian Hockenbury, senior vice president of operations at Shaner Hotels. "Guests can experience the arts full circle on property and within the surrounding area. We're exploring a number of partnership possibilities, such as col- laborating with students at the Ringling College of Art & Design, behind-the-scenes packages with Florida Studio Theatre, pop-up performances from Sarasota Opera, lunches with the director from Asolo Theatre, and more." TREND: Site-Inspired Design JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas When updating the look of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, designers DOVRVRXJKWWRUHÀHFWWKHQDWXUDOEHDXW\RIWKH surrounding area. "The refresh has helped attract planners looking to host their meetings in a more modern and neoteric venue space located in the Texas Hill Country," said Brian Morris, director of sales and marketing. "The resort opened in 2010 and the resort leadership determined that lightening the color palette, replacing furniture and some car- peting and adding rugs to the lobbies, restaurants and other public spaces would offer guests a more contemporary look and feel." Additionally, "the freshly designed hotel restaurants and lobby spaces credit the Blanco River as the centric inspiration for the casu- ally elegant design," said Morris. "The uses of different woods, copper, limestone, leather and other natural materials in the newly chosen furniture combine to create a warmth that feels like home. Beneath guest's feet they will see the inspiration of the Texas rivers woven throughout new carpeting and rugs. Coffee tables in the upper lobby are made from lime- stone, which is indigenous to the area. Also in the upper lobby, laser cut hair-on-hide textiles with a mixture of a sage green and steel blue color accents are incorporated into the soft seating. Wheat, cognac, sage, lapis, carbon, and camel hues are woven throughout the interior as art or furnishing materials that represent the Hill Country landscape. Each of the hotel's restaurants, 18 Oaks, Cibolo Moon, High Velocity along with the lobby bar, Crooked Branch, have been UHIUHVKHGWRUHÀHFW the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the movement of the near-by Blanco River. Planners will notice the inspiration in the new carpet in both 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon and in the rugs in Crooked Branch." TREND: Adventure & Outdoor Activities Beau Rivage Casino and Resort Biloxi, Mississippi Sometimes renovations can lead to a whole new adventure. Beau Rivage Casino and Resort is now offering meeting planners a new option for out-of-the-box events. According to Randy Whiteside, executive director of sales and catering, "the destination has recently added the Betsy Anne Riverboat for offsite events and historic Biloxi Schooners for private functions and sailing." Additionally, Whiteside said, the resort has upgraded all of its hotel suites and added a new sports betting facility, the Sports Book and Bar. The convention space has also undergone a number of enhancements including state-of- the-art laser projectors and other audio-visual equipment, new carpet and furniture. TREND: Wellness Hospitality La Playa Beach and Golf Resort Naples, Florida LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is turning 50 this year, and the property is celebrating with a $30 million invigoration that includes a wellness program. Ź NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! Crooked Branch Bar at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa Biloxi Schooner

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