OCT 2018

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O C T O 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 51 cottages and 24 guest rooms in the lodge. Two meeting rooms can accommodate between 30 and 120 people and a private dining room can seat up to 80. Bowling Green About one hour north of the metro Nashville area, Bowling Green is home to Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the National Corvette Museum (NCM) and Motorsports Park, which offers planners unique team-building, such as competition-style go-kart racing, as well as indoor and outdoor event facilities for up to 150 people. According to the Bowling Green Area CVB, the NCM Motorsports Park has a new program, offering corporate training through curriculum, effective communication exercises and team-building activities, built around an all- inclusive racing experience. $W:.8SODQQHUVZLOO¿QGFODVVURRPDQG auditorium space plus the Augenstein Alumni Center, with meeting rooms and a ballroom that can accommodate 250 for dinners or 300 for theater-style presentations. The alumni center is next to the 108-room Hyatt Place Bowling Green, which has additional meeting space. On WKU's South Campus, Knicely Conference Center adjoins a 124-room Staybridge Suites. The center includes three multi-function ballrooms, smaller meeting rooms and an auditorium and can seat up to 1,200 for presentations or up to 650 for banquets. Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center is a 60,000-square-foot facility with 35,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,500 for receptions. There are 444 hotel rooms in the immediate area of the center, including the 218- room Holiday Inn University Plaza, with 4,000 square feet of meeting space; 133-room Hilton Garden Inn; and 93-room Courtyard Bowling Green. Beth Noffsinger, public relations manager for the CVB, notes two unique venues downtown. "The Charleston has the feel of a historic Southern mansion but it's right on the square in downtown," she said. "[The] Venue [at] 939 [Adams] is in a converted tobacco factory near downtown. These are charming event spaces with so much character and would be great for a variety of meetings or receptions." The Venue at 939 Adams has a maximum capacity of 720 inside and space for an additional 320 on the outdoor patio, and The Charleston can host up to 220 people for receptions or parties. Also downtown, the Kentucky Grand Hotel & Spa, which opened in spring 2017, has eight luxury suites ranging from 900 to 1,600 square feet, a full-service spa and 3,000 square feet of event space. A Tru by Hilton opened in Bowling Green this summer and a new Embassy Suites is slated to open in 2019, according to Noffsinger. Paducah Designated by UNESCO as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, one of only a handful of UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States, this western Kentucky city hosted a Creative Cities annual meeting in fall 2017, according to Laura Oswald, director of marketing for the 3DGXFDK&9%³7KLV¿UVWRI¿FLDOVXEQHWZRUN PHHWLQJZDVWKH¿UVWRILWVNLQGLQWKH8QLWHG States and drew expert speakers, delegates and special guests from four continents," she said. "The event used more than 20 local venues and LQFRUSRUDWHGORFDOÀDYRULQDOODVSHFWV´ Oswald noted that the CVB's Signature Experiences are proving to be prime team- building experiences. "These are designed to take you behind the scenes, below the surface and hands-on," she said. "Ideal team-building or post- meeting activities, these tours engage meeting participants in local culture and empower them to think creatively." Paducah offers more than 2,200 guest rooms, according to the CVB. The Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront has 123 guest rooms and a meeting room that can seat up to 125. The hotel is adjacent to the Paducah McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, which offer a combined 110,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space. Nearby, Walker Hall Events Center seats up to 300. The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center has a main auditorium that seats 1,806 people, along with several reception and event rooms and RXWGRRUVSDFHVRYHUORRNLQJWKHFRQÀXHQFHRI the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Smaller venues include River Discovery Center, The Grand Lodge on Fifth and The 1857 Hotel, a downtown boutique hotel. Other hotels in the city include La Quinta Inn & Suites, which can accommodate up to 150 people in theater-style seating; Courtyard Paducah, with a theater-style seating capacity of 80; Country Inn & Suites, with a 40-person meeting capacity; and Hampton Inn & Suites, with 108 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 30. Bardstown Settled in 1780 as Kentucky's second-oldest city, Bardstown has more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the Bourbon Capital of the World and an RI¿FLDOWUDLOKHDGIRUWKH.HQWXFN\%RXUERQ7UDLO Bardstown has nine distilleries within 20 miles of downtown, with three newly opened in 2018. The city also has a rich religious heritage and is home to the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, built LQDVWKH¿UVW&DWKROLF&DWKHGUDOZHVWRIWKH Allegheny Mountains, the Abbey of Gethsemani and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, a retreat center with overnight accommodations and meeting rooms. 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