APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 8 Arkansas New Destination Video Unveiled LITTLE ROCK—In March, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) released a new destination video titled "Little Rock: Brand New" featuring Ben Rector's hit song "Brand New," along with new international mar- keting efforts in conjunction with Brand USA, including a new city page, "Native Traveler" video and several trip itineraries. According to John Mayner, vice president of marketing and communications for the LRCVB, the bureau was looking for a song that would highlight all of the city's new development and attractions, and felt that Rector's song was a great fit both lyrically and musically. Rector has Arkansas ties as graduate of the University of Arkansas. LRCVB President and CEO Gretchen Hall said, "Little Rock's ongoing revitalization of the Main Street Creative Corridor, South Main (SoMa) historic district, and several new projects occurring in the East Village are truly trans- forming our downtown. When combined with the myriad of new attractions, restaurants, and tour- ism amenities spread throughout the destination, we hope this new video helps us shine a light on our transformation and growth." Mayner further said the LRCVB felt the time was right to highlight all the things the destination has to offer international travelers. "We know that international travelers stay longer and spend more, and although they currently make up a small percentage of our total visitors, we know that they are already coming to enjoy our beau- tiful city and its attractions," he said. The LRCVB has been working with Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, to develop new content for international travelers, including a new "Native Traveler" video package and webpage located on's "Experiences" portal. Georgia New Multipurpose Arena Development COLLEGE PARK—ATL Airport District recently announced that construction is underway on a new multipurpose arena, Gateway Cen- ter @ College Park, which will be a sports and entertainment venue, with the Atlanta Hawks G League team confirmed as the destina- tion's anchor tenant. The arena will be located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Inter- national Airport, in addition to nearby hotels and entertainment and will add to ATL Airport Dis- trict's event and entertainment portfolio, which currently encom- passes the Georgia International Convention Center, the Delta Flight Museum, the Porsche Driv- ing Experience and unique dining. "The ATL Airport District is a vibrant and flourishing area and we look forward to welcoming the Gateway Center @ College Park to the District" said Cookie Smoak, president of ATL Airport District. "This multipurpose arena will be a venue for a variety of programming such as sporting events, concerts, graduation cere- monies and more, expanding our capabilities for hosting all types of occasions, no matter how big or small." The development, spanning 100,000 square feet of space, is expected to be completed in Fall 2019. It will hold 5,000 seats for events such as concerts and convocations, with 3,500 seats available for the Hawks G League basketball games. State-of-the-Art Meeting Spaces SANDY SPRINGS– City Springs, a $222 million, 14-acre city cen- ter and cultural hub set to open in Sandy Springs in Summer 2018, will offer meeting spaces to accommodate corporate, civic, and community meetings. The Center will consist of two large meeting rooms, three smaller meeting rooms, a large multi-use Terrace Meeting Room and a Rooftop Terrace with views of the Atlanta skyline and surrounding areas. "To meet our goal of catalyzing economic development and cul- tural tourism, we knew we needed to a create space that is flexible, so that groups of 10 feel as at home as a group of 1,000," said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. "City Springs meets that challenge." City Springs features a four- acre City Green, approximately 1,125 parking spaces on site, 20 hotels with approximately 2,800 rooms, 950 acres of parks, 22 miles of Chattahoochee River shoreline, and a range of restaurants. South Carolina Atlantic Dunes Named Course Of The Year HILTON HEAD ISLAND– Atlantic Dunes at The Sea Pines Resort has received the National across the TAMPA—The Tampa Marriott Westshore Hotel recently unveiled its $20 million renovation, which includes all 310 guest rooms, 18 Next Gen Meeting Spaces and its lobby. "We understand that our guests lead fast-paced lives, and we redesigned our property with that in mind, providing forward thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature," said Tina Smith, general manager. "Through thoughtful offerings such as mobile check-in or mobile key entry on all rooms, guests have even more control over their experience, which is reliable and secure, to ensure they have more time to unlock their memorable moments." Renovations of the property began in May 2017 and include tech- nology introductions and refreshed décor. n $20 Million Renovation Complete

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