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JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact HAMPTON ROADS Say 'I Love This' In Newport News At the center of Hampton Roads, Newport News offers 3,900 hotel rooms citywide, next to a number of museums and a growing dining and shopping community, said Rebecca Cutchins, CVB media relations manager. Country singer Toby Keith is slated to open a new restaurant in the city in 2012, "Toby Keithʼs I Love This Bar and Grill," Cutchins said. It will be located in City Center at Oyster Point. The restaurant will offer two private rooms adjacent to the dance floor for private parties or corporate events, each accommodating up to 40 people. In hotel news, Point Plaza Suites at City Center has recently added a theater room, which seats 20 people, said Sharon Petroski, director of sales and marketing, and an adjoining vending area. The Omni Newport News Hotel recently converted its indoor pool to salt water, said Laurie Vest, director of sales and marketing. Theyʼve also upgraded four floors of guest rooms with new furnishings and flat- screen TVs. "The Omniʼs renovated Club, now with a dance floor, is available for private rentals and has the greatest sound system on the Peninsula," Cutchins said. "The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is ideal for intimate gatherings and break-away programs," said Mike McGrann, marketing director. "We are also great for spouse and family activities and cocktail receptions."■ Access to the area just got easier with service to Orlando from Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport by Allegiant. And PEOPLExpress airlines will fly out of Newport News in early 2013 with service to several regional destinations. FYI The orginal 1980s PEOPLExpress was the first "no-frills" carrier and the new airline will provide a smart alternative for today's value conscious traveler. Portsmouth Another city tucked away in the region is Portsmouth, which offers a number of unique meet- ing venues just a tunnel ride away from Norfolk. One of the unique meeting spaces in the city is The Chil- dren's Museum of Virginia, which has completed a renovation and expansion of 12,000 additional feet of space, according to museum officials. The museum can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. ■ www.con v entionsouth.com JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 37 {

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