JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact NOR THWEST ARKANSAS ROGERS Rocks Less than 10 miles east of Bentonville is the smaller town of Rogers, where Allyson Twiggs Dyer, senior vice president/director for Rogers, Arkansas Convention and Visitors Bureau and Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Com- merce, indicates that convention business is good. "The meetings and convention business is definitely back in Rogers!" Dyer said enthusiastically. "We are about to have our largest June ever in the convention center's history. With the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art just minutes away in Bentonville, it's a nice draw for our convention attendees for functions or as a free time-filler. And Cabela's will open its first store in Rogers this July, which will be a great retail destination for convention attendees." Rogers offers more than 2,000 hotel rooms, including the Northwest Arkansas Embassy Suites - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, which is connected to the John Q. Hammons Center. The two facilities, together, provide more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space. Across the street from the John Q. Hammond Center is Rogers Univer- sity of Arkansas Global Campus at Rogers, the newer sister facility to the larger global campus facility in Fayetteville, Ark. The Rogers campus Bentonville Walmart & Much More Along with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville is home to the Museum of Native American History, Pea Ridge National Military Park and Beaver Lake, said Bentonville CVB President Kalene Griffith. "We still have the small town feel but have amenities like the Crys- tal Bridges Museum, the Walmart Visitors Center and the Native American Museum. Plus, our hotels and meeting facilities are very experienced in providing everything needed for first-class events" Several new upscale restaurants have opened in the past year and there are now more than 2,000 hotel rooms in the city, among them the 140-room Double- Tree Suites by Hilton Bentonville, a prop- erty offering more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space in seven meeting rooms, the largest with 4,050 square feet. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport recently opened a new eight-gate $20 million passenger concourse. Developing projects in Bentonville include a new 21C Museum Hotel sched- uled to open in 2013 and a childrenʼs museum slated for a 2014 opening. ■ www.con v JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 31 Rogers CVB Rogers, Arkansas has no problem meeting your needs with the Northwest Arkansas Embassy Suites – Hotel, Spa & Convention Center and the adjacent John Q. Hammons Center. building has more than 1,500 square feet of space in three conference rooms, along with a 1,150-square-foot atrium, classrooms and a computer lab, all with cutting-edge technology. Also in Rogers is a 127-room Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills with nearly 1,600 square feet of meeting room space in a ball- room and boardroom, as well as about 10 additional small properties, includ- ing the Aloft Rogers - Bentonville, an upscale 130-room boutique hotel. Eleven miles south of Rogers is the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center Northwest Arkansas in Springdale. The 206-room hotel has 50,000 square feet of meeting space. ■

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