JUN 2017

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 37 Arkansas E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O AR S C E N I C D R I V E I N R U R A L A R K A N S A S Featuring two mountain ranges, three national forests, 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,000 miles of streams and rivers, Arkansas offers great scenery and a range of options for outdoor activities. D. FRAN MORLEY The Natural State The state of Arkansas offers planners variety in locations and attractions, from rural communities in the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Ozark Mountains to the capital city of Little Rock and the fast-growing cities in northwest Arkansas. The Natural State features scenic byways, unique historic and outdoor attractions, and quality meeting and event venues to satisfy all needs and all budgets. Pine Bluff With a history dating back to the early 1800s, Pine Bluff is home to the second-oldest college in the state. Today known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the college was founded in 1875 and is one of 104 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. Pine Bluff is also the site of the largest meeting facility in southeast Arkansas, the 90,000-square-foot Pine Bluff Convention Center, which includes a 1,900-seat audito- rium, a banquet hall that can seat up to 700 and an arena that can seat up to 7,620 or accommo- date up to 150 booths. Several hotels in Pine Bluff have meeting spaces: the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pine Bluff/Pines Mall has 80 guest rooms and 2,000 square feet of event space; the 67-room Holiday Inn Express has a meeting room for up to 25 people; and the Hampton Inn & Suites has 80 guest rooms and a meeting room for up to 50. Conway A college town located about 30 miles north- west of Little Rock, Conway offers small-town charm with amenities and facilities typically found in larger cities. There are more than 1,200 lodging rooms in the city. According to the Conway CVB, meeting and event facilities in the city can accommodate groups of 10 to more than 200. Venues at the University of Central Arkansas include the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, with sev- eral conference rooms for smaller groups and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 280. Reynolds Performance Hall on campus seats up to 1,200. The Brick Room is a downtown venue that can host up to 976 for receptions. ► Photo courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks & Tourism

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