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 39 and visitors to enjoy this area year-round." Phase two of the project, to include a beach boardwalk, green spaces, seating and shade structures, improved pedestrian access and traf- fic flow, and more is expected to be complete by spring 2018. Orange Beach hotel renovations and upgrades include the 161-room Island House Hotel, now a DoubleTree by Hilton, with updated guest rooms, reconfigured meeting spaces and restaurants. Also in 2017, Perdido Beach Resort converted the eighth floor of the east tower to a club level, with complimentary breakfast as well as afternoon hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Set on 27 acres, the beachfront resort has 346 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of function space, with space for up to 900 for meetings or events. Additional Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Venues • Orange Beach Event Center: located at The Wharf; 18,000 square feet of event space • SpringHill Suites: 132 guest rooms; next to the Orange Beach Event Center • Phoenix Condominiums: 2,000 guest rooms; 4,000 total square feet of event space • Kaiser Realty by Wyndham: 1,000+ guest rooms; meeting capacity for up to 250 people • The Beach Club: 310 guest rooms; 13,000 total square feet of event space • Caribe Resort: 14,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and a variety of outdoor spaces, plus a 50-passenger dining-and-dol- phin cruise boat • Erie H. Meyer Civic Center: accommodates up to 650 people in theater-style seating Montgomery Downtown Montgomery offers a variety of hotels, all within walking distance of the Mont- gomery Convention Center, with two being just across the street, according to Ronald ► Located in the heart of downtown Mobile, overlooking the Mobile Riverfront and surrounded by restaurants, businesses and museums, the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel is completing a $60 million upgrade to its 363 guest rooms, 10 suites, public areas and event spaces. "We have become one of Mobile's premier upscale properties for any type of meeting or social event," said Kent Blackinton, general manag- er of the property. "We offer planners and event attendees all that they require, with more than 44,000 square feet of flexible event space, health club and sauna, business center services, a cyber café, outdoor event space with fire pits, our new Fathoms Lounge and more, all in the heart of Mobile's historic district and walkable to many downtown attractions and restaurants." The AAA Four Diamond hotel can host up to 1,320 in theater-style seating arrangements and host up to 1,200 for receptions. The event space includes three ballrooms, 15 event rooms and 11 breakout rooms of vari- ous sizes to accommodate smaller groups of between 10 and 100 in con- ference settings. The hotel connects via skybridge to the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, which has an additional 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, ballrooms, and meeting and event spaces. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel Contact: West Beach in Gulf Shores A L A B A M A

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