MAR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact Louisiana Margaritaville Casino Breaks Ground In Northwest Louisiana BOSSIER CITY— The sister cities of Shreveport and Bossier City in North- west Louisiana will add new meeting space and an event venue in the form of a sixth riverboat casino next June. Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino broke ground in Bossier City in February. The property will feature a sin- gle-level gaming floor, an 18-story hotel with 396 guest rooms, approximately 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a 900-seat entertainment venue, a spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool deck, the "It's 5'OClock Somewhere" bar, and four dining options, including the Margaritaville Restaurant. The opening of Margaritaville Resort Casino will mark the first casino opening in Shreveport- Bossier in more than a decade. Oklahoma Northwest Oklahoma City Set To Open New Conference Center WOODWARD—The city of Woodward is months away from opening a new state-of- the-art conference center. Set to open this spring, the property will offer 29,000 square feet of meet- ing space that can accommodate groups of up to 650 people, banquet style, 110 trade show booths and 75 people in the three training rooms. www.con v Texas San Luis Welcomes New Director Of F&B GALVESTON—The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center announces the addition of Michael Hammes as director of food and beverage for The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center. With more than 20 years in the food service in- dustry, Hammes brings an array of experience to the resort, said Paul Schultz, vice president of Hospitality for Landry's Hotel Divi- sion. "His true pas- sion for great food and great service will definitely complement our offerings." Among his previous positions, in 2008 Hammes joined Vail Re- sorts and became F&B Director of Keystone, the third busiest ski resort in the world. Orozco Who To Work With In San Antonio SAN ANTONIO— The San Anto- nio Convention and Visitors Bureau has re- cently welcomed National Sales Manager Yvette Orozco to their sales team. Orozco is responsible for selling the San Antonio meeting experi- ence to West Coast and South- east-based organizations that are in need of 300 peak room nights and below. Orozco has worked with the San Antonio CVB since 2011. Connect with Orozco on LinkedIN. ■ MISSISSIPPI Isle Casino Set To Become Golden Nugget BILOXI—Landryʼs Inc., the company that owns Golden Nugget Casinos, has purchased the Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi and plans to turn the property into The Golden Nugget Biloxi. Tilman Fertitta, Landryʼs chairman/CEO, said, "We have plans to transform the property to a luxurious and exciting hotel and casino with the highest level of service." Plans include adding several restaurants, including a Mortonʼs Steakhouse. Fertitta added, "The entire property will be updated with a modern look to include new bars and lounges with live entertainment, stylish retail offerings and updated rooms." All upgrades to the 720-room property are expected to be completed by 2013. ■ MARCH 2012 ConventionSouth 9 Cuningham Group What You'll Find

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