APR 2013

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FEATURE: GAMING MEETINGS The Casino Sizzle Without The Vegas Burn HOT GAMING DESTINATIONS WITH BUSINESS APPEAL By Marcia Bradford Meeting planners seeking to avoid Las Vegas (especially after the GSA meeting scandal of 2012) can still take their group to a casino by selecting one of these "Lucky 7" gaming properties that know how to hold serious business events and more. Here is what they had to say when asked how they avoid giving groups the "Vegas Burn:" Pearl River Resort offers convention and meeting planners the best of both worlds, says Public Relations Manager Erica Clemons. "Here, groups can meet in a professional environment where there is built-in entertainment, such as gaming, spa, salon, golf and shopping all in one place. And letʼs not forget delicious food! Pearl River Resort has an array of dining options from our fantastic buffet, Chefʼs Pavilion, to fine dining at Phillip Mʼs. Also, the resortʼs meeting space in the Silver Star Convention Center and at Golden Moon, is located away from the gaming area in a smoke-free business environment." Pearl River Resort is first a resort environment, says Clemons. "There is something for everyone to enjoy while attending a conference here, from the award-winning Dancing Rabbit Golf Club to Geyser Falls Water Theme Park. And yes, for guests who want that Vegas-like feeling, there are exciting interactive and video slots, a poker room, a large variety of table games, live bands on the weekend and the occasional ʻbig nameʼ entertainment." ■ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pearl River Resort Tulsa, Catoosa, Oklahoma ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ APRIL 2013 Hard Rock Tulsa Choctaw, Mississippi 10 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is becoming a very popular place for meetings and conventions, says Stacy McKeeRedden, director of sales. "Whether you are rewarding the workforce, seeking to impress clients or teambuilding, the gaming industry brings a vast amount of thrilling entertainment and a level of excitement enjoyed by all. Casinos are the perfect icebreaker to simulate and engage new clients or employees, allowing them to relax and enjoy themselves prior, during and after the business dealings. The casino is also a perfect place for teambuilding. Nothing bonds the group better than a few hours of unadulterated casino fun, which boosts morale and elevates the ʻteamʼ spirit as they rally together to ʻbeatʼ the dealer." "We offer a similar experience to Vegas, but we are not located in ʻSin City.ʼ Tulsa is located in the Midwest where family values are important," she said. "Groups can enjoy fine dining with a scenic view on the top floor of our 19-story hotel tower, Toby Keithʼs I Love This Bar & Grill, and live music by superstars like Reba McIntyre, Don Henley or Kid Rock at our entertainment venues." ■ w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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