JUL 2013

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ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Memphis CVB via Facebook INSIDER'S Madison Hotel via Facebook Rooftop Revelry Downtown Memphisʼs location on the banks of the Mississippi River grants it great scenic views, particularly from some of its highest and most favorably situated vantage points. Two such spots are the rooftops of The Peabody Memphis and the Madison Hotel, both take full advantage of their prime locations during the most pleasantly temperate times of the year. The Peabodyʼs rooftop is a favorite place for locals to enjoy Rooftop Sunset Happy Hour from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Thursday night Rooftop Parties are held from April through October and the Peabodyʼs roof can handle up to 1,400 people. The Madisonʼs rooftop is smaller, with room for about 100. Its new Twilight Sky Terrace rooftop offers cocktails and light bites from 4 p.m. until midnight seven days a week. ■ 52 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ JUNE 2013 G U I D E By T. Wayne Waters Memphis, Tennessee Whether you call it Bluff City, River City, Home of the Blues or Birthplace of Rock ʻnʼ Roll, Memphis is easily one of the most well known and desirable destinations in the South. Memphis CVB Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Oros explained some of the reasons why. "Memphis is a one-of-a-kind experience," said Oros. "It has a cool vibe. Itʼs authentic. Itʼs real. Real history happened in Memphis that changed the world. From being the birthplace of rock ʻnʼ roll, to playing its role in the civil rights movement, to its entrepreneurial spirit that has manifested itself in business and industry as the birthplace of Piggly Wiggly supermarkets and the Holiday Inn chain of hotels, and then becoming the headquarters for Federal Express, Memphis makes history." Oros mentioned major renovations at one Memphis hotel and a rebranded property as recent good news for meeting planners. "The Peabody Hotel is undergoing a major renovation and the city has a new Marriott property," noted Oros. "The Memphis Marriott East was formerly a Holiday Inn Select." Oros also noted that the Memphis riverfront is continuing to evolve, with the Beale Street Landing nearing completion as a special events venue and as a landing area for Memphis riverboats and for the 436-passenger American Queen riverboat that offers luxurious cruises up and down various sections of the Mississippi River. The Pyramid arenaʼs resurrection, currently underway, as a destination for local residents and visitors alike, is another project Oros is excited about. "Itʼs being converted into a Bass Pro Superstore," noted Oros. "This is going to rival if not surpass the Bass Pro flagship superstore in Springfield, Missouri, which has millions of visitors a year. It will have 220,000 square feet of retail space along with bowling alleys, a bowling alley restaurant, indoor ziplines and a shooting range. Weʼre hoping it will open in August of this year. Weʼre excited and looking forward to finally getting The Pyramid back to being a destination people can enjoy." Oros also mentioned A. Schwabʼs, a general merchandise store thatʼs almost 150 years old and recently reopened with new event space upstairs after being closed for a short time. "Itʼs the only remaining original business on Historic Beale Street and the oldest dry goods store in the Midsouth," said Oros. "Thatʼs another really cool special event venue for smaller events and parties. ■ 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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