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 9 ital signage will be added outside of each meeting room and a new Lutron (LED) lighting system will be added to Royal Palm Ball- room, Orchid Ballroom and their pre-function areas. The resort's in-house A/V company, PSAV, is upgrading its portable microphone system for improved output. South Carolina New Riverfront Hotel CHARLESTON — The Cambria Charleston Riverview, a 126- room hotel on the Ashley River, is projected to open at the end of this year. The hotel will include 1,300 square feet of multi-func- tion meeting space, a full-service bar offering local craft beer and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Across the street from the Ashley Marina and just minutes from Charleston's Historic District, the hotel's location provides quick access to Medical University of South Carolina complex and the College of Charleston. "It's been a long, hot and wet summer and this terrific team has done a yeoman's job of keeping the schedule on track," said Jer- emy Buffam, vice president of capital projects for New Castle Hotels & Resorts. "This milestone is an opportunity to thank them for their hard work, diligence and success, and encourage everyone as we approach the always chal- lenging home stretch." "We are excited to pass another milestone in the construction of our new Cambria Hotel in Charleston," said Brandon Miller, president of RREAF Holdings. "This hotel will be a significant addition to our growing portfolio of hotels. Charleston is a very popular destination and we're looking forward to being an inte- gral part of the local community." Texas New Sales Staff BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION — The Stella Hotel, under the management of Noble House Ho- tels & Resorts, recently announced Steve Dennis as general manager and Tonda Campbell as director of sales for the 176-room hotel. The AAA Four Diamond boutique property anchors Lake Walk, the 180,000-square-foot town center of ATLAS and the Traditions Club. Dennis will lead all day-to-day operations for the hotel. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining The Stella Hotel, Dennis served as the general manager of Salt Lake City Marriott University Park. Campbell brings more than two decades of hospitality and sales experience to her role as director of sales. Her responsibilities include driving revenue to the property and executing effective sales campaigns. Most recently, she was the area director of sales for Aimbridge Hospitality in College Station. AAA Five Diamond Rating Awarded HOUSTON — The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown has earned the prestigious Five Diamond Rating from AAA just six months after opening, becoming the only prop- erty in Houston to receive the ex- clusive award. The development is one of nearly 89 properties in the United States to earn this coveted distinction. "The Post Oak Hotel has been recognized as one of North America's most luxurious hotels," said Tilman Fertitta, owner of the hotel. "I'm proud to be the only hotel in Houston to receive this honor and hope for continued success in the future." The new Houston property, set on 10 acres in a 38-story tower, has 250 guest rooms and suites; 20 executive residences; and a 35,000-square-foot conference facility, including the largest ball- room in the Uptown Houston area. Unique amenities include a two- story Rolls-Royce showroom and on-site Bentley and Bugatti Post Oak Motors dealership, as well as six restaurants and bars through- out the hotel. Q Multi-Million-Dollar Transformation Unveiled CHARLOTTE — In celebration of its 17th anniversary, The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte has unveiled a multi-million- dollar makeover, encompassing newly designed guest rooms and public spaces. The redesign pays homage to North Carolina's rich history, with a nod to the neighborhood of Ballantyne – once family hunting land that was developed into one of the country's preeminent communities. "As we enter into our 18th year, we are eager to delight guests with our breathtaking new design and elevated experiences through this extensive renovation," said Raj Radke, general manager. "The luxurious transformation offers moments of discovery through art, antiques and décor emanating a relaxed residential feel." The Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond award-winning Marriott hotel features 208 guest rooms and suites, a four-bed- room Cottage and The Lodge group retreat, with 35 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meetings and events spaces. Q

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