MAY 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact INSIDER'S GUIDE By Jennifer Barnett Reed Little Rock, Arkansas While there are plenty of cities bigger than Little Rock, youʼll have a hard time finding one that packs so much into such a compact area. The heart of the Little Rock/North Little Rock convention district, which straddles the Arkansas River, encompasses more than a half-dozen top-flight hotels with meeting space. Youʼll find the 200,000-square- foot Statehouse Convention Center, the Robinson Center performing arts and exhibi- tion hall, numerous casual and fine-dining restaurants, the vibrant River Market entertainment district, and a host of attractions that offer something for everyone. "If people want to be the big fish in a small pond, they should take a look at us," said Alan Sims, vice president of sales and services for the Little Rock CVB. "Little Rock has a lot to offer. Itʼs often a shock to most meeting professionals what we have." The city appeals to budget-conscious groups, in part, because thereʼs so much avail- able within walking distance of primary downtown meeting spaces, Sims said. "We have groups that will bring in 1,000 or 2,000 attendees with no planned lunch. They can all leave our convention center, walk to some place to eat and be back in time for their afternoon sessions. Itʼs a huge convenience." ■ ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Alan Sims with the Little Rock CVB is quick to say that meeting pros are often shocked when the realize all that the city has to offer groups. www.con v MAY 2012 ConventionSouth 25

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