FEB 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m CONVENTION CENTERS IN THE NEWS Reports of new and improved convention and multipurpose centers in the South are making headlines across the world. To keep you in the know, here's a roundup of the top stories: Cox Business Gives Tulsa Facility Tech Upgrades & New Name TULSA, Okla.—Last June, officials with Cox Communications announced a long-term naming rights partnership for the Tulsa Convention Center, renaming the SMG-managed multipur- pose facility the Cox Business Center. SMG General Manager John Bolton said, "With the completion of the ballroom in 2010, the recently constructed state-of-the-art concession improvements, the reputation of SAVOR… catering and now the technological upgrades made possible by Cox Business as part of the naming rights agreement, the Cox Business Center is a shining example of what's possible with modern convention centers and some- thing that should make the citizens of Tulsa extremely proud." The facility offers an 8,900-seat arena with event suites, Oklahoma's largest ballroom, 35 meeting rooms and a 102,600- square-foot, column-free exhibit hall. ■ Smoky Mountain's New Multipurpose Gem PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge held its grand opening last year and is welcoming groups of all types to this multipurpose, 232,000-square-foot event cen- ter. Described as "not your typical convention center" and located in the heart of Ten- nessee's popular Smoky Mountain destination, the facility is well suited for trade shows, large assembly groups and special events, and competitive athletic events. The main meet- ings room can seat more than 12,000 people in a design that puts every guest within 137 feet of a raised center stage. ■ JW Marriott Being Built Two Blocks From Austin Convention Center AUSTIN, Texas—Construction continues on the J.W. Marriott Austin, which is being built two blocks from the Austin Convention Center. This 1,012-room convention- styled hotel is set to open in early 2015 with 110,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. It will be Austin's largest hotel and the largest J.W. Marriott in the country. Additional new hotels are also in the works for downtown Austin. ■ T. Wayne Waters Cox Business Center 08-26 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 3:44 PM Page 8

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