SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 36 Louisiana E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O LA S H R E V E P O R T S K Y L I N E : There's always a lot of action in Shreveport, whether it's playing blackjack at the riverboat ca- sinos along the Red River or watching live horse racing at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Together with nearby Bossier City, this town is also con- sidered a sportsman's paradise, with many lakes, bayous, rivers and parks. And the area has many family-friendly attractions, including an exotic zoo, zip lines, recreational trails and museums. BY T. WAYNE WATERS A Unique Blend of Settings & Cultures Snuggled among Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi with the Gulf of Mexico at it southernmost edge, the Pelican State has an exceptionally varied land- and culture-scape. From mid-sized Shreveport along the Red River in the northwest corner of the state to modestly-sized Alex- andria in its center to iconic New Orleans where the Mighty Mississippi runs through to the Gulf of Mexico in the deep southeast corner of the state; from Lake Charles on the western side of the I-10 corridor down in southern Louisiana to Lafayette and on eastward to the capital city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana offers excellent meeting sites. Shreveport/Bossier City Shreveport/Bossier City continues to attract tourists and conventioneers alike to the north- west corner of Louisiana with seven casinos, hundreds of restaurants, lively nighttime entertainment options and more than 10,000 hotel rooms. Several properties in Bossier City have new and appealing additions. Margaritaville Resort Casino, which opened just four years ago, debuted the new Riverview Restaurant & Brew- house this spring. It features floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Shreveport and the Red River. Also new at Margaritaville is the Bamboo Asian Cafe. Over at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, also in Bossier City, the new Whiskey Roadhouse combination bar/nightclub features free live music and a circular bar. The Garden Event Center at the 290-room Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton is offering a new menu and various immersive experiences at new "performance stations." A fiesta fajita bar, Southern smashed potato bar and Cajun-style grits bar all add elements of fun to the dining experience. The venue has more than 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Jim Noetzel

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