OCT 2012

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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase INSIDER'S GUIDE By T. Wayne Waters Shreveport-Bossier City There's a technique to eating boiled crawfish & the folks in Shreveport can teach attendees. The biggest announcement for the Shreveport-Bossier City area, according to Kim Brice, vice president of convention marketing for the Shreveport-Bossier Con- vention and Tourist Bureau, is the $197 million Mar- garitaville casino and hotel resort expected to open in summer of 2013. "It will be just across the river from downtown Shreveport and next to the Louisiana Boardwalk. We're very excited about that." The Margaritaville Resort Casino will feature a 396-room, 18-story hotel, a 900-seat entertainment venue, a Margaritaville restaurant, along with four other food and beverage outlets, and 2,500 square feet of meeting space. Shreveport-Bossier City currently now has seven casinos, a vibrant nightlife and a variety of restaurants and attractions. Splash Kingdom Water Town underwent extensive renovations about two years ago and the family- friendly attraction now has multiple water slides, a lazy river, and other amenities. The area's hotel inventory is also increasing. "We've had a 16 percent increase in hotel rooms in the Shreveport-Bossier area in the past year," said Brice. "We're in the process of getting even more. We've added a Hilton Garden Inn, a Holiday Inn Ex- press out by the racetrack, and we have some addi- tional limited-service properties that are opening soon. A Homewood Suite–Hilton Garden Inn combi- nation is coming in Bossier City, which will be fin- ished by the end of the year that will also have combined meeting space of 10,000 square feet." The new hotel developments will add about 500 guest rooms to the area's 10,000 rooms that are currently available, Brice indicated. ■ 4 Spots To Stay & PLAY The Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport became the only Four-Diamond property in Shreveport-Bossier last October. The hotel has 403 rooms, a 30,000-square-foot casino, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, one fine-din- ing restaurant and three for casual dining. The 514-room Samʼs Town Hotel and Casino features an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and three meeting rooms, each with more than 1,000 square feet. DiamondJacks Casino and Resort in Bossier-City is home to three restaurants, 568 suites, a spa and outdoor pool, and 22,000 square feet of meeting space. The 267-room Roberts Clarion Hotel is a non-casino hotel located about six miles south of the downtown Shreveport near Louisiana State University - Shreveport. It offers more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom. ■ BOSSIER CITY : Place Your Bets Among the casino-hotel operations in Bossier City are Har- rah's Louisiana Downs with 10,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent SpringHill Suites by Marriott for lodging. The resort also features thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Horseshoe Bossier City has 606 Luxury Tower Suites in its 25-story hotel and 5,000 square feet of meeting space, along with its gaming operations. ■ 36 ConventionSouth OCTOBER 2012 Harrah's Louisiana Downs is home of the Super Derby, one of the premier races for 3- year-olds in North America. With thoroughbred racing ever May through September and Quarter Horse racing from January through March, there is no shortage of live horse racing action. ■ www.con v e h r S v e p o r - t Shreveport-Bossier City CTB B o s s e r i C y ti C T B

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