MAR 2018

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M A R C H 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 11 Manager Jason Kern. Pranis was previously director of sales at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach and senior sales manager at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa in St. Augustine's historic district. Tennessee 14.5 Million Visitors in 2017 NASHVILLE — The Nashville area saw a record 14.5 million visitors in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase from 2016's record 13.9 million visitors, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (CVC). "Our visitor numbers were surprisingly stronger than the two percent to three percent growth we had initially forecasted," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville CVC. "Our appeal as a global leisure and meetings destination continues at a high level and we can't thank Mayor Megan Barry—along with the hotels, restaurants, attractions and our other hospitality industry partners—enough for their part in the city's success. When visitors come, they spend money and that generates economic activity for local businesses and tax revenue for the city." In 2017, nine new hotel properties opened, including 21c Museum Hotel, Kimpton Aertson, Noelle and Holston House. Also, 113 bars and restaurants opened in the city, along with attractions, including the Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds Nashville and Topgolf. Additionally, there were two international soccer events in July and downtown parties for the Nashville Predators during the NHL playoffs, all on top of the usual slate of festival and other large events. The CVC further expects that 2018 may top 2017 in terms of visitors, with 15 new hotels scheduled to open (2,800 rooms); 107 restaurants and bars expected to open, in addition to the eight that already opened since the start of the year; a British Airways' nonstop flight to London that begins May 4; 17 citywide conventions scheduled; a strong concert schedule; and new attractions, including Whiskey Row, Ole Red, Merle Haggard Museum, SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville Shores' Aqua Park, Pins Mechanical Co., and a new Tennessee State Museum. Texas New Director of Sales DALLAS — Adrian Nieto was recently named director of sales for The Statler in downtown Dallas. His duties include planning, directing and implementing all sales strategies and activities at the 159- room historic hotel that recently underwent a high-profile redevelopment. Additionally, he will be responsible for the booking and management of more than 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 13,154-square-foot Grand Ballroom. "It's a privilege to have Adrian join our team at The Statler," said General Manager Evan Danziger. "Adrian's thorough knowledge of hotel revenue management strategies and systems, and proven display of sales expertise will be an undeniable asset to our property." Previously, Nieto was director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square for more than 10 years. New Luxury Hotel HOUSTON — The newly opened Post Oak Hotel At Uptown Houston offers high-tech/ high-touch luxury to the city's hotel inventory. Located near The Galleria and adjacent to the River Oaks District, the property has 250 guestrooms and features a multi- level Rolls Royce showroom, private helipad and the first Mastro's steakhouse in the state. The hotel's multi- function space and ballroom is now the largest in the area, with a 16,000-square- foot Grand Ballroom, two expansive pre- function areas, a second-level 3,000-square- foot Post Oak Ballroom, and 10,000 square feet of conference and breakout room space. n Get Back To Nature SAN ANTONIO — A new 2.5-acre Family Adventure Garden opens March 3 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, with 15 themed areas designed to encourage nature play and discovery. The latest addition to the garden's eight-acre expansion, the Family Adventure Garden offers a universal, multi-generational design so people of all ages and physical abilities can unplug from devices and plug in to nature, according to Executive Director Bob Brackman. "The Family Adventure Garden will allow kids to really frolic and play but at the same time they'll be learning the story of water and the South Texas landscape. With our expansion and an explosion of di- verse programming, there has never been a better time to get outside and enjoy everything the Garden has to offer," Brackman said. Among the adventure spots are the Tumble Hill, Watering Hole and Acequia Tank; Secret Garden, Backyard Explore and The Field; Prickly Pear Pavilion and Muhly Maze; and Dry Rock Creek, Cypress Spring and Retama Recharge. n Nieto Rolls Royce Showroom

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