APR 2018

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A P R I L 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 9 Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) "National Course of the Year Award." Under the guidance of Love Golf Design, Atlantic Dunes is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the resort's historic Ocean Course, the first on Hilton Head. Davis Love, the victorious 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, lead architect Scot Sherman and Mark Love fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and frame scenic corridors. "We're so honored Atlantic Dunes has received this presti- gious award," said Cary Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations at the resort. "Davis Love and his team did an incredi- ble job creating the new course and our members and guests have been raving about the layout." Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the destina- tion features five miles of beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Texas Modern New Hotel In A Historic Setting DALLAS– Cambria Dallas Down- town opened March 1, bringing a modern hotel experience to Dallas' historic central business district. Located in the iconic Tower Petro- leum Building, the hotel features an art deco style and offers 177 rooms on 23 floors, along with 1,500 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant and bar. "This hotel is going to fill a much-needed niche in the down- town Dallas area," said Lacey Lamm, general manager. "With a cool, modern environment and high-end offerings, the Cambria Dallas is upscale, but not uptight. We look forward to welcoming guests, and delivering the best in boutique accommodations and genuine hospitality." New President & CEO of Houston First HOUSTON– In February, the Houston City Council unani- mously approved the appointment of Brenda Bazan as the new presi- dent and CEO of the Houston First Corporation (HFC). She has been with the organization since its inception in 2011, serving as the chief financial officer where she oversaw finance, human resources and purchasing functions of the organization. Her career with the city of Houston began in 1993 where she held several positions in the Control- ler's Office including director of finance and accounting and also with the Convention & Entertain- ment Facilities department where she served as deputy director. She has also worked on citywide endeavors such as property in- surance, energy procurement and management, and debt-related issues. "It's an honor to be selected by Mayor Turner and confirmed by Houston City Council. The Hous- ton First model is the first of its kind in the destination marketing industry and has achieved record successes across the organization, including sales, tourism, market- ing and public relations. I'm for- tunate to have such an awesome team of professionals at Houston First, and together I know we will continue transforming our big dreams into big successes for our beloved city. The future of Hous- ton is bright and I am committed to making sure HFC serves as a beacon of light," said Bazan. "Brenda has an impressive track record of accomplishments. With her valuable financial experience, cooperative nature, and energetic spirit, she will build on our mo- mentum of success. I am confident she will take Houston First and the city to the next level of growth in tourism and travel, which will pump more dollars and jobs into our economy. Houston is poised for greatness as a premier desti- nation and Brenda will provide the strategic leadership to help us get there," said David Mincberg, chair of the Houston First board of directors. n NASHVILLE–Margaritaville Nashville Hotel, slated to open in sum- mer 2019, recently revealed renderings showcasing the exterior of the 217-room property, which will offer more than 10,000 square feet of function space and new dining concepts FINS Beach Bar and JWB Grill. Margaritaville's first urban destination, the hotel is located at the corner of 5th Avenue S. and Peabody Street, in the heart of the city's emerging "SoBro" district, near Music City Center and attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bridgestone Arena and Honky Tonk Highway. The property will welcome travelers with a warm entryway, featuring a covered portico adorned with wood accents, tropical plants and lush greenery, murals that reflect escapism, as well as large windows opening into the hotel's lobby. Terrace seating will be available at JWB Grill, a new casual-luxe dining concept created by Margaritaville. "Even before guests check in, they will experience a warm, fun and tropical vibe, being welcomed in true Margaritaville fashion," said Darby Campbell, owner and president of Safe Harbor Devel- opment, the company developing the property. "When we open next year, this hotel will be the ultimate spot to kick back, relax, and enjoy Southern hospitality with a Margaritaville twist." n New $82 Million Hotel Coming to Music City in Summer 2019 Bazan

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