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 48 K E N T U C K Y boardrooms, meeting spaces and a conference theater with tiered seating for 110. The historic Brown Hotel has 293 guest rooms and 17 event spaces for meeting groups of up to 600. The 321-room Seelbach Hilton, a landmark hotel since 1905, can seat up to 400 for dinners. The University of Louisville Conference Services offers a variety of meeting and event sites for up to 500 guests, with 12 rooms totaling more than 16,000 square feet, plus additional outdoor event areas. Louisville Venues • Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport: 588 guest rooms; 55,000 square feet of event space; ban- quet capacity of 1,000 • Louisville Marriott East: 252 guest rooms; 21,000 square feet of event space • The Olmsted: 11,000 square feet of event space; theater-seating capacity for up to 500 Northern Kentucky Directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky (NKY) includes the cities of Covington and Newport. Rebecca S. Banks, digital marketing manager for meetNKY, says the staff at the CVB are excited about the new Learning Center, a state-of-the-art amphitheater that opened at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center this spring. The Learning Center space has 400 permanent seats, each with a retractable tablet-sized desk and in-seat power access. In addition, the space offers high-tech connectivity capability for broadcasting and global conferencing. The riverfront convention center includes a 45,000-square-foot Event Center, 10 meeting rooms and a 17,500-square-foot ballroom. There are 7,000 metro-area guest rooms and many of the area's hotel properties are in the midst of renovations, Banks said. "This includes Embassy Suites and Marriott at RiverCenter, our convention properties. Hotel Covington, our gorgeous boutique hotel near the convention center, has won several awards and been named to many top lists." The Marriott at RiverCenter has 317 guest rooms and 30 meeting rooms in 119,000 total square feet of function space; the Embassy Suites RiverCenter offers 226 guest rooms, 13 meeting and event rooms, and a 230-person banquet capacity; and Hotel Covington has 114 guest rooms and three event spaces that can host up to 250 people. Other larger hotels in the Northern Kentucky area include Aloft Newport on the Levee, with 144 guest rooms and 6,000 square feet of function space; Radisson Riverfront, with 220 guest rooms and a theater capacity of 600; Holiday Inn Riverfront, with 152 guest rooms and a theater capacity of 150; and the 122-room Hampton Inn & Suites Newport, with three event spaces for up to 200 people. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, 11 miles west of downtown Covington) is in the midst of upgrades to improve and modernize the terminal and create a new consolidated car rental facility, according to meetNKY. Planners looking to incorporate some local ÀDYRULQWRDQHYHQWPLJKWHQMR\1RUWKHUQ .HQWXFN\¶VQHZ%/LQHDQRI¿FLDOJDWHZD\ Offering more meeting space than any other hotel in Kentucky, The Galt House Hotel in Louisville is undergoing $80 million in upgrades and renovations that will touch every area of the city's only riverfront hotel. Renovations are scheduled to be completed in 2020. Now a Trademark Collection by Wyndham property, The Galt House Hotel offers 1,310 guest rooms and 130,000 square feet of convention space with more than 50 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and dedicated exhibit hall. "At the core of our mission is introducing our legendary Louisville legacy to even more guests from across the world." said Scott Shoenberger, president and CEO of the Al J. Schneider Co., the hotel's owner. "Partnering ZLWK:\QGKDPJLYHVXVWKHKLJKSUR¿OHVL]H scale and visibility to do just that. Together with Wyndham, we're excited to bring the spirited Louisvillian experience to life for travelers, helping them discover a slice of home in Kentucky they'll remember and want to return to for years to come." As Wyndham Hotel Group's largest single hotel in North America, The Galt House Hotel features seven full-service restaurants and lounges, including the Rooftop Garden and Terrace, and RIVUE, DUHYROYLQJUHVWDXUDQWRQWKHWKÀRRUWKDW is also available for dinners, receptions and corporate functions. Renovations include reimagined guest rooms and public spaces with fresh design, IXUQLVKLQJVDQG¿QLVKHVLQVSLUHGE\WKHIRRG bourbon, horses and colors of Kentucky: spring green, saddle brown, aged-barn red, thoroughbred blue and jockey-silk orange. 7KH*DOW+RXVH+RWHOLVWKHRI¿FLDOKRWHORI both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Festival, where every year up to 700,000 visitors gather for a front-row seat to Thunder Over Louisville. Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : The Galt House Hotel Contact:

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