FEB 2014

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m flexible design feature a variety of two-room suites, a more contempo- rary atrium, and more natural light in guest rooms and public areas like the atrium. Spearheading the sales effort is Pat Horan, a sales and marketing executive joins the property from the Macon Marriott City Center and Convention Center. Kentucky Vacant Hotel Purchased, Set To Reopen OWENSBORO—The long-closed Gabe's Tower, a round building in Owensboro, was recently purchased and the new owners plan to invest approximately $6 million to open it as a boutique hotel. Specific details on the project were not available as of presstime; however, the announcement comes just as the new Owensboro Convention Center opens. In December, Owensboro was named a "Rising Meetings Destination" by ConventionSouth. Louisiana Shreveport-Bossier Launches Golden Ticket Promotion SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER— The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau has launched the Golden Ticket pro- motion, giving a $1,000 incentive to business secured by June 30, 2014 for future events. "By offering this incentive, we can help meeting planners to meet their budgets and seal the deal to host a great conference in our destination," said Dianna Douglas, regional sales manager at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. The Golden Ticket offer is good for conventions that utilize a mini- mum of 50 hotel rooms. Additional restrictions apply. Tennessee Long-Dormant Inn Has New Owner, Expects New Look MEMPHIS—The long-closed French Quarter Inn was recently purchased by NCE Realty and Capital Group. They are making plans to renovate the 105-room Midtown hotel and reopen it as a boutique property. The property is located across from Overton Square, a recently enhanced development with a restaurant and shop, new public works of art and a new theater expected to open soon. And Chef Kelly English just opened a new restaurant east of the Square. Virginia Virginia Reveals Its New Meeting Planning Guide RICHMOND—Created by meeting planners, Virginia's new Meeting Planners Guide is a statewide resource for all things meetings, including finding a "green" facility. Virginia's tourism officials sur- veyed planners to find out the things that are most important to them—at the head of which is efficient use of time. As a result of one-on-one research, Virginia now offers online tools such as its quick venue finder to help plan- ners zero in on spaces and venues that can best accommodate their groups. Meeting planners will find in the new guide a vivid spectrum of Virginia facilities, destinations, attractions and experiences that intend to "dazzle rather than merely be suitable," said Rita McClenny, president/CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Find the guide online at ■ $1,000 Meetings Incentive 01-07 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 5:16 PM Page 7

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