DEC 2017

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D E C 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 tory of this building, the history of New Orleans and the history of the art collection. We are incred- ibly proud of this truly authentic New Orleans hotel and its standout suites." Located in the Central Business District, just blocks from the French Quarter, the hotel has a grand lobby, The Crystal Room restaurant, Gallery Lounge, rooftop pool, and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Le Pavillon Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond hotel. Maryland New Event Center Open MONKTON — Foxfire, a new event center in the heart of Mary- land's historic Harford County horse country, is now accepting reservations for weddings, corpo- rate retreats, parties and holiday functions. Nestled on 127 acres, the estate is located about 40 minutes north of Baltimore and 75 minutes from Washington D.C. A variety of spaces can accom- modate up to 300 guests. The property includes a manor house, gardens, ponds and expansive lawns. Only four large exclusive events will be allowed annually, along with a lim- ited number of small gatherings. North Carolina New Resident Referral Initiative Launched WINSTON-SALEM — Visit Win- ston-Salem recently launched its Bring Meetings Home grassroots campaign, which invites and en- courages residents to be a referral source to increase the number of meetings, sporting events and con- ventions hosted in Winston-Salem. "The residents of our community are very active in many different groups and organizations that could potentially hold their meetings and events here in Winston-Salem," said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem. "Ours is a very competitive business and this refer- ral program gives our sales team a hometown advantage by inviting residents to make a personal intro- duction and connection." Visit Winston-Salem has created a quick-to-complete online form at to con- nect and share the information with the Visit Winston-Salem sales team, which is actively recruiting sporting events, family reunions, corporate meetings and conventions to the destination. Mississippi Promotions at The Natchez Grand Hotel NATCHEZ — Two employees were recently promoted at The Nat- chez Grand Hotel. Naomi Jones has been promoted to assistant general manager and is now responsible for supporting the manager with daily hotel operations and services, in- cluding guest satisfaction and hotel events. Jones joined the hotel in March 2008 as a reservationist and was promoted to front office man- ager within a year. She later was promoted to the director of rooms division. Anise Winding-Sims has been promoted to the position of front office manager. She will directly supervise all front office personnel and ensure proper com- pletion of all front office duties. Tennessee New F&B Director NASHVILLE — The Westin Nashville has appointed Mark Burkhalter as director of food and beverage. With more than two decades of experience working for properties across Alabama and Tennessee, most recently as Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, he will conceive and spearhead a new direction for The Westin Nashville's food and beverage program. "Mark's distinguished mili- tary experience infuses his work, adding a refined precision and team-building mentality that I find remarkable," said General Manager Hugh Templeman. "His proven expertise with all aspects of hotel food and beverage operations, as well as his infectious commitment to customer service, make him the ideal candidate for the job." Located near the city's entertain- ment district and adjacent to the Music City Center, the 456-room Westin Nashville features the L27 rooftop bar and Decker & Dyer So- cial Lounge & Eatery on the ground floor, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. n Iconic Property Re-Opens DALLAS — The Statler, an iconic downtown Dallas hotel, recently opened as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton following a $255 million redevelopment. Originally opened in 1956 as one of Conrad Hilton's first convention properties, The Statler is heralded as a pioneer hotel, bringing many firsts, such as elevator music, to the industry. "Today is a special day for Curio Collection, as we welcome back a remarkable hotel and industry forerunner to Hilton and the great city of Dallas," said Mark Nogal, global head of Curio Collection by Hilton, at the re-opening ceremony. "We look forward to elevating The Statler's legacy as it adds 159 magnificent guest rooms to our growing collection, to offer travelers and locals alike another magnificent, independent hotel to discover that exudes authenticity." The 19-story hotel and mixed-use development also has 219 resi- dences, restaurants, nightlife, specialty retail outlets, 33,000 square feet of meeting space and a large-scale event venue. n Jones Winding-Sims Foxfire

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