OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 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 21 NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! Raising the Bar The Westin Jackson premiered as the very first Westin in the state of Mississippi just this August, marking a monumental milestone for the state when it comes to conventions and other events. Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, the hotel presents unparalleled service and options for meetings. "Being the first Wes- tin in Jackson allows us to lead the charge of redefining hospitality, and be a gateway to the culture and captivating style of the city," said Director of Sales and Marketing Jan Smith. Music, art, literary giants and more hail from Mississippi, and The Westin Jackson celebrates them all. Mississippi Artist Anne Robin Luc- kett, whose figurines are nationally celebrated, has her art on display in the hotel's major mee- ting spaces, each figurine revealing a rich part of Jackson's history. Mississippi music legends such as Muddy Watters, Elvis Presley and BB King are repre- sented with replicas of their guitars hanging behind the front desk at The Westin Jackson. Groups can really immerse themselves in Mis- sissippi's role as the Birthplace of the Blues, Country and Rock and Roll with the Westin Jackson's musical package, Music Legends of Mississippi. Guests get to play iconic gui- tars from six of the most famous guitarists in history. Imagine your group's delight while strapping on BB King's 2005 Gibson Lucille or Elvis Presley's Gibson EDS 1275 Double Neck. And each guest chooses one of the gui- tars to keep in their room the entire stay. In addition to celebrating the rich culture of the state, The Westin Jackson's brand-new spa offers packages for attendees to envelop themselves in luxurious pampering. "Meeting packages for corporate meetings and social events include Soul Spa at the Westin Jackson, and will feature body treatments, skincare treatments, manicures and pedicures tailored to the group or event. Our signature massage and aesthetic treatments will feature ESPA's premium product line to create that memorable meeting experience," said Smith. In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Conrad Hotels and Resorts is riding the waves of success with its new property, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. "While Conrad boasts a portfolio of 32 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, Conrad Fort Lau- derdale Beach will be the first beachfront resort and residence for the brand in the region," said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. "As one of the world's fastest growing and most innovative luxury brands, Conrad hotels create unique experiences for our guests in the most sought-after destina- tions, and we look forward to bringing this smart luxury retreat to South Florida." Four restaurant and bar facilities, a heated fresh water pool, a full-service spa, the signa- ture Conrad 1/3/5 destination itineraries, which immerse visitors into the local culture, are just some of the elements sure to please attendees as part of the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach experience. "As Fort Lauderdale Beach heats up, we recognize that this city is evolving with a new focus on opulence, style and sophistica- tion. The resort is at the helm of this movement and our guarantee to locals and travelers is that we will bring an unparalleled ambiance for guests to stay inspired," said Chintan Dad- hich, General Manager, Conrad Fort Lauder- dale Beach. "By honoring and embracing the community, our vision is to provide intuitive service and tailored luxury by collaborating ► You're Invited! How One Hotel is Putting the Focus on Planners This Fall Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center is focusing on meeting planners this fall with lots of incentives to come check out the one-year-old property. "We are reaching out to planners to help them uncover this hidden gem of a hotel that embodies the new generation of Shera- ton Hotels that can provide affordable luxury in close proximity to Austin," said Director or Sales and Marketing Lorena Chappell. Some of the new elements waiting for you are "our new Executive Chef Patrick Taylor, the opening of restaurants and shops at the adjacent Summit at Rivery Park, and our new fire pits which are a perfect way to enjoy the fall," Chappell remarked. "The hotel is also offering a new perk – two complimentary 30-minute coffee services for the equal nu- mber of guests that have hotel accommoda- tions for any new 2017 meetings." n Sheraton Georgetown Brix-And-Ale Paddlefish Restaurant in Disney Springs, Fla. Paddlefish Sheraton Austin Georgetown

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