NOV 2017

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N O V E M 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 37 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O AL W A T E R F R O N T O A S I S Cooper Riverside Park, a three-acre park along the Mobile River, adjacent to the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, is a waterfront oasis in the heart of down- town. The park offers a spectacular vantage point for watching the ship traffic in Mobile's busy port and features outdoor sculptures, paved walking paths and benches. BY D. FRAN MORLEY Celebrating 200 Years of Statehood Alabama 200, the state's bicentennial celebration comprising three years of events and special at- tractions, rolls on in 2018 leading up to Dec. 14, 2019, the day that honors the 200th anniversary of Alabama becoming the 22nd state in the U.S. According to the Alabama Tourism Department, cities across the state will feature traveling exhibitions, community festivals, genealogy workshops, cem- etery surveys, historical gardens, reunions and other special celebrations that planners may want to take advantage of. For information on bicentennial activities and events, visit Mobile & The Eastern Shore Home of the country's original Mardi Gras celebration, Mobile has been welcoming guests for more than 300 years. Today, the revitalized and growing downtown offers event attendees dining, shopping and attractions, all within a few blocks of Mobile's Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center and several convention hotels. The center features 100,000 square feet of exhibit halls, 16 meeting rooms, two ball- rooms, nearly 40,000 square feet of pre-func- tion space, and more than 45,000 square feet of outdoor terraces and riverwalks. (See breakout spotlight on page 40 for more information.) Mobile has more than 6,000 hotel rooms, including a new 90-room Hilton Garden Inn that opened downtown in early 2017. Major convention hotels include the 238- room Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, with 22,000 square feet of function space, including the historic Crystal Ballroom. The Admiral Hotel Mobile, a Curio Collection by Hilton, has 156 guest rooms and 6,000 square feet of event space. The AAA Four Di- amond Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza has completed a $60 million enhancement and offers 373 guest rooms and more than 44,000 square feet of meeting and event space. ► Alabama

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