MAY 2012

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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Conroe Texas CVB Harold Hutche- son of the Con- roe, Texas CVB said the Lake Conroe area "has more to offer than Houston, you can relax & not worry about traffic & take in a lot better scenery." INSIDER'S GUIDE By Selena Chavis Houston, Texas One of the coolest features of the Houston area is its two airports. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) sits between the inner and outer beltways south of town. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) sits north of the cityʼs outer beltway, Sam Houston Tollway. The biggest of the two airports, IAH offers convenient access to most anywhere in the area, especially I-45 and meeting hot spots north of Houston such as The Woodlands and Lake Conroe. La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa is located 45 minutes north of IAH and right off of the banks of Lake Conroe. " As a partner, the resort is able to offer attendees more than just sophistication and a world-class setting—we also provide guests with Four-Diamond level service and a customized experience in line with their individual goals," said Al Luciano, director of sales and marketing. Greg Ortale of the Greater Houston CVB told us that plans for a new hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown Con- vention Center (GRBCC) are in the works that is set to bring about 1,000 guest rooms adjacent to the facility. IDEA: Go On A Bigfoot Hunt Sam Houston National Forest is located just north of Lake Conroe and is an outdoor-lovers paradise! You can also go there and to Lake Conroe to try to see Bigfoot as Montgomery County, Texas has more Bigfoot sight- ings than any other place in Texas. Learn more: ■ 38 ConventionSouth MAY 2012 www.con v news

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