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 38 L O U I S I A N A Convention Center has three conference halls, two dining rooms and a state-of-the-art execu- tive board room. The conference hall and lobby can accommodate up to 100 8 x10 exhibitor spaces. The Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center has 260 hotel rooms, 12 meeting rooms and a large dome area, and 21,000 square feet of exhibit & meeting space. The Hilton Garden Inn, the area's newest hotel, which has 134 guest rooms and 2,786 square feet of meeting and banquet space can accommodate up to 150 guests. Baton Rouge "Downtown in the heart of Louisiana's capital city is a bustling area of commerce, cuisine and cocktails, and a walkable destination to explore and experience," said Tiffany Ellis, national sales manager for conventions at Visit Baton Rouge. "Baton Rouge is a melting pot of fun where art meets history and meetings become memorable." Louisiana's "Red Stick" is the Pelican State's capital city and its second-largest metropolis. Its downtown has historic treasures such as the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor's Mansion. But there are several new elements, including The Watermark, Autograph Collec- tion by Marriott, which opened October 2016 with 148 guest rooms. The Watermark is in an iconic downtown building dating back to the mid-1920s that opened as Baton Rouge's first skyscraper. The 300-room Baton Rouge Mar- riott is undergoing a $23 million renovation that should be complete by late fall 2017. And a new downtown 135-room Courtyard is slated for a late 2017 opening. Additional Baton Rouge Event Spaces • Raising Cane's River Center: 200,000 square feet of meeting space; 30,000-square- foot arena; 10,400-seat arena; 1,900-seat Performing Arts Theatre • Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge: 32,000 square feet of event space; 295 guest rooms • Baton Rouge Marriott: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 295 guest rooms • Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center: 20,000 square feet of event space; 290 guest rooms • L'Auberge Casino Hotel: 13,000 square Louisiana's capital city delivers great water- front convention space while serving up fun times and great food. More than 80 restau- rants offer Cajun, Creole, American and a variety of other cuisines. There's a vibrant music scene that includes festivals through- out the year, as well as theater, ballet and art galleries. Riverboat casinos and nightclubs add an element of excitement. According to Tiffany Ellis, national sales manager for conventions at Visit Baton Rouge, there are a number of special group activities for meeting attendees in and around the city. Among the most popular is the 13th Gate Escape, Louisiana's Ultimate Escape Game, at 13th Gate Haunted House. Cooking demos at Red Stick Spice Company and cooking classes at Louisiana Culinary Institute also attract many meeting-goers. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy climbing BREC's 35-foot boulder at Extreme Park in East Baton Rouge, where other options include making use of a 30,000-square-foot concrete skatepark, a BMX track and a 333-meter velodrome. Sports are popular in Baton Rouge. There are numerous golf courses, rivers and lakes for fishing and boating, and parks with trails for hiking and biking. Louisiana State University (LSU), home to the LSU Tigers is part of the Southeastern Athletic Conference (SEC) and Tiger Stadium, also known as "Death Valley," is a major asset to the city. If meeting attendees want to get athletic them- selves, Visit Baton Rouge can arrange for the UREC Challenge Program, an on-campus teambuilding and fun adventure program. The LSU Alumni Association operates the on-campus 130-room The Cook Hotel that just completed a major renovation in July. Improvements include new custom-made hardwood furniture with quartz surfaces; stainless steel appliances and custom-de- signed Tiger-head lamps. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Baton Rouge Contact: LSU Stadium

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