NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M 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 52 1,200-seat main theater, a two-story open lobby, an event porch and a lawn amphitheater. Other off-site event venues in the area include Fountainview Mansion, which can seat up to 200 indoors or up to 800 with outdoor tenting. In Opelika, the Bottling Plant Event Center offers space for receptions, dinners, trade shows and meetings with three ballrooms, two meeting rooms, a courtyard and a rooftop terrace. Montgomery The revitalization of Alabama's capital city continues with new downtown restaurants, ho- tels and a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel on the horizon, according to the Montgom- ery Area Chamber of Commerce CVB. The Autograph Montgomery Water Works Hotel (formerly the historic Murphy House) will have 100 guest rooms and suites, and corporate meeting space next door to the Montgomery Convention Center. According to the CVB, three other hotels are coming soon to down- town: a Staybridge Suites (opening January 2019), SpringHill Suites and Hilltop Suites & Spa, adding to downtown's current 173,000 square feet of event space and more than 800 hotel rooms. Also in downtown, the 342-room AAA Four Diamond Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will be undergo- ing renovation beginning in January 2019. The renovation will include updates to guest rooms and suites, and to the convention center's 73,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The center currently offers 18 breakout rooms, a 14,000-square-foot ballroom and the 1,800- seat Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, a 237-room all-suite hotel, is set to begin a full renovation of all guest rooms, meeting space, atrium, restaurant and common areas beginning mid-January 2019 and is expected to be com- plete in July 2019. The 131-room DoubleTree by Hilton has 8,000 square feet of event space and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown has 86 guest rooms and limited meeting space. According to the CVB, downtown Mont- gomery's entertainment and convention district has a number of unique off-site event venues, including 129 Coosa Street, which can host up to 300 for a reception; Alley BAR, with banquet and classroom seating for up to 250; Capital City Club, which can host up to 350 for receptions; and Riverwalk Stadium, home of the AA baseball Montgomery Biscuits, which can accommodate up to 300 for a seated dinner or up to 2,000 for a concert or event. Overlooking the 17th fairway of the Senator Course, the Prattville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, said Walter Kennedy, general manager. "All of our guest rooms, meeting space, restaurant, villas and the Presidential Cottage have been completely updated," he said. "From new fur- niture and flooring to wall covers and window treatments, we have significantly upgraded the quality of our property." The hotel has 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space in 13 venues, along with 74 guest rooms in the main lodge, two eight-room villas and a 10,000-square-foot Presidential Cottage with six suites and a private heliport. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel has 150 guest rooms, a ballroom and a 900-square-foot conference room. Event space at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival can host between 100 and 250 guests for receptions or meetings and seat up to 750 at the Festival Stage Theatre. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach With the fall 2018 opening of The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange A L A B A M A B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center Situated at the heart of the Auburn Univer- sity campus and just one block from the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center provides planners with opportunities for "meetings that soar," said Jeff Schwieker, senior sales manager for the hotel. "Let us host your next meeting at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and showcase why we are a hidden gem, with our newly renovated guest rooms and conference center," he said. "And let us showcase the energetic service level that our many Auburn University stu- dent employees offer." The hotel offers 236 guest rooms and suites while the newly re-imagined confer- ence center provides more than 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space with two ballrooms, a boardroom, breakout rooms and poolside deck space, all suitable for events of up to 600 guests. The lakeside ALFA Pavilion at Ag Heritage Park on campus offers a unique offsite indoor/outdoor location for parties and receptions. n Contact:

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