JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact Kentucky Ground Broken For New Convention Center OWENSBORO—Western Ken- tucky's newest meeting space, the Owensboro Convention Center, is set to open in December 2013. The full-service, 92,000-square-foot meeting facility will be located overlooking the scenic Ohio River in historic downtown Owensboro. The multi-purpose center will offer a 44,000-square-foot exhibition hall, and 30,000 square feet of addi- tional ballroom and meeting space. The center will be attached to a Hampton Inn that will also be open- ing in 2013. Meanwhile, downtown Owensboro is currently undergoing renovations with old buildings receiving facelifts and businesses relocating to down- town. Hyatt Takes Their Catering To Off- Site Events NEW ORLEANS— 1718 is the new off-premise catering com- pany of Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Named for the year in which New Orleans was founded, 1718 is posi- tioned to provide full-service cater- ing at several dozen venues across the city, offer- ing a one-stop-shop for planners booking the Hyatt yet wanting to meet off-site as well. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Did You KNOW? The newly enhanced golf course at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club was originally built in the 1920s and was the first 18-hole course in Naples. Wells Says 'Northern' Groups Will Love Louisiana Governor Makes CVB Name Change Official BATON ROUGE—In May, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed house bill 414 to officially change the name of the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visi- tors Bureau (CVB) to Visit Baton Rouge. The name Visit Baton Rouge has been used unofficially since 2006. "The name has a more direct impact on what we are trying to do. And it tells more what we do, Visit Baton Rouge, the official source of travel," said Paul Arrigo, CEO of Visit Baton Rouge. 1718 produces "worldly" food prepared with local ingredi- ents, offering impeccable cuisine with a traditional yet contempo- rary New Orleans flair, said Gen- eral Manager Michael Smith. Each menu is customized to the group and includes seasonally- inspired items. NOLA Motorsports Park Now Open—VROOM! NEW ORLEANS—Start your engines and head over to NOLA Motorsports Park, a 750-acre entertainment complex with a kart facility where guests can experience high-speed and high-performance karts; a 2.75- mile motorcycle and car track for the public to experience with a professional driver or in their personal cars; a full-service speed shop; and cuisine at the Kart Café and Stanley at the www.con v The Renovated Naples Beach Hotel NAPLES, Fla.—The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Southwest Florida has announced the addition of Megan Wells to the sales team. She joins the 317-room beachfront resort as Sales Manager, where she is responsible for handling the group market in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Central regions. The resort has also completed significant renovations to guest rooms and suites; a renovated golf course; a renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill; and the addition of a new pool complex. "Wonderful Life" is the resort's current promotional campaign for group contracts signed by Sept. 30, 2012. "This promotion is de- signed for all markets, and unlike other incentives, this one is good for any future year within the promotional period," Wells said. ■ Track by Chef Scott Boswell. Owner Laney Chouest said, "Being that this is the only park of its kind in Louisiana, we are hope- ful we will help attract visitors from across the country. From racing enthusiasts to families, we'll offer high-adrenaline fun at a place as unique as the city it calls home." Texas Regli Heads Up Regional Sales At The San Luis GALVESTON—The San Luis Re- sort has appointed Mike Regli as regional director of sales for the Landry's Hotel Division. With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, Regli brings an array of experience and successes to the The San Luis, said Paul Schultz, vice president of hospitality for Landry's Hotel Division. Regli's extensive hospitality career includes the Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the Hilton Savannah DeSoto in Georgia. ■ JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 9 Regli Owensboro (Ky.) Convention Center HOT DEAL! BOOK FOR 2014

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