DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 16 The AWARDS Issue! Readers' Choice Award Winners • 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville • The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, See Ad On This Page • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center • Experience Fayetteville • Fort Smith CVB, See Ad On Page 17 • Hot Springs Convention Center • Little Rock CVB • Little Rock Marriott • Springdale A&P Commission • Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock New & Renovated Award Winners • The Capital Hotel • Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown • Statehouse Convention Center Arkansas Shelter From the Storm In late August, Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast bringing winds of up to 130 miles per hour, then stalled over southeast Texas, setting a new record for the most rainfall ever recorded from a single storm in the continental United States. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain over the Houston metro area in less than a week, also pouring nearly 61 inches of rain on Beaumont, Texas, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Com- bined with the rain, Harvey's storm surge caused water levels to rise more than 6.5 feet in some areas, causing widespread flooding before mov- ing on to inflict damages in parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. But even as the storm was surging, segments of the meetings industry were pitching in and providing shelter for large numbers of displaced people, stepping up to help those in dire need. Two of the state's largest convention centers — the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center in Dallas — were turned into shelters and many smaller Texas communities, such as Victoria, Seguin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Laredo and The Woodlands opened their event centers, high schools, churches and other facilities to house those who had to evacuate. The cities of Austin and San Antonio also offered shelter and pitched in as thousands sought refuge. By mid-September, some areas, including the downtown convention district, were back in Waterman Supplies for hurricane victims at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.

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