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 9 restaurant and bar, and Overdrive Lounge, a rooftop haven complete with signature handcrafted cocktails. Executive chef Derrick Green will helm the kitchen at Apron. His 15 years of experience include The Ritz-Carlton Hotel properties in Orlando, Palm Beach, Fla., and the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. The 100-seat restaurant will include locally sourced produce, aged meats and house-made pastas, partnered with wine and beer pairings sourced from across the globe. A first-floor patio will offer outdoor dining with a front-row seat to the action of the Porsche Experience Center and Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Smaller groups can also reserve Apron's intimate semi- private dining space. Overdrive Lounge will offer a comfortable yet chic rooftop experience, where mixologists will prepare handcrafted signature cocktails. Featuring 187 guest rooms and 27 suites, the hotel will also offer 6,500 square feet of event space, including a 3,600-square-foot ballroom. Maryland New Director Of Convention Sales Development BALTIMORE — Visit Baltimore recently welcomed Kireem Swinton to the convention sales department as director of convention sales development, Mid-Atlantic region and tradeshows. He will focus on sales development for city-wide conventions from the Mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis on new business development from the trade show market. Swinton comes to Visit Baltimore from Visit Seattle, where he served as national account director for the Washington, D.C. area for five years. Tennessee New Vice President of Sales CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau recently welcomed Brian Murphy as its new vice president of sales to cultivate and expand the CVB's client base in order to increase the number of meetings and conventions to Chattanooga. With more than 20 years of expertise in the industry, Murphy was most recently the director of sales and marketing at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. "I've kept up with all the great things happening in Chattanooga and I'm extremely excited to now be representing such a premier and quality destination," said Murphy. "I'm looking forward to working with such an incredible team and building on Chattanooga's current success." Texas Conference Center Expansion AUSTIN — In January 2018, the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center will debut 30,000 square feet of new meeting and event space. With the addition, the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center will offer 80,000 square feet of space and 53 meeting rooms to accommodate groups of six to 1,600 people. The expansion will include the 15,000-square-foot Zlotnik Family Ballroom, a multi-use space for business conferences and social gatherings, and nine additional meeting rooms. Connected to the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center by an enclosed walkway, the expansion is part of Rowling Hall, which will also house The University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business graduate programs. n Restoring A Historic Treasure NEW ORLEANS — A $140 million restoration is underway at one of New Orleans' most historic hotel properties. The Jung Hotel and Residences, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, will be a mixed-use, 17-story property with 207 guest rooms and suites, and more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as 113 apartments, 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a parking garage. Hotel amenities include a rooftop poolside bar and spa, a restaurant and coffee shop. (The hotel and residences will be separated with their own entrances and amenities.) Once known as the largest convention hotel in the South, The Jung Hotel first opened in 1907. Over the years, the property was expanded three times and hosted everything from elegant Mardi Gras balls to business meetings. During the 1970s, the property fell into decline and in 2005, it was damaged by flooding following Hur- ricane Katrina. In 2015, developer and hotelier Joe Jaeger began the restoration of the property, combining its historic elegance with the latest technology and amenities. Situated along the Canal Street streetcar line in the city's new Biomedical Corridor but also close to the historic French Quar- ter, the hotel is in a perfect spot to host events for the University Medical Center and Veterans Hotel Complex, according to Marc Becker, area director of sales and marketing for the New Orleans Hotel Collection. Able to host recep- tions for up to 1,000 guests, the event space includes a 12,000-square-foot exhibit space, the redecorated Tulane ballroom and several smaller meeting rooms, as well as a rooftop reception room and viewing deck. n

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