MAY 2018

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M A Y 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 Multi-million-dollar Transformation ATLANTA — The Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center is undergoing a nine-month, multi-million-dollar renovation, encompassing the ho- tel's 18,000 square feet of meeting space, exterior cosmetic changes and improvements to all 344 gues- trooms. "The transformation is truly remarkable and is bringing the prop- erty up to a new modern standard befitting our location in one of At- lanta's fastest-growing business and leisure travel areas," said Denise Gaines, the property's director of sales and marketing. The new design of the property's meeting space will give each room its own individual style with spe- cial nods to the Perimeter Center. The Grand Ballroom will be com- pletely overhauled with textured walls, expansive 18-foot ceilings, unique lighting accents and custom millwork evoking the ample tree cover of the area. The Junior King and Queen Ballroom will feature natural lighting with floor-to-ceiling windows, new champagne- and turquoise-accented carpeting, and modern lighting. For pre-function activities, the Grand Ballroom will offer 6,300 square feet of additional space while the Junior Ballroom will offer 2,400 square feet of addi- tional space. All spaces have been enhanced with new lighting, carpet, wall treatments and fresh paint. The renovated hotel will also have an updated boardroom, three private meeting rooms, the intimate Augusta Room and an outdoor pavilion with 3,000 square feet of space. Each meeting room is named after a nearby road or structure lead- ing to the property. Other improve- ments include fresh landscaping; a grand porte-cochère; an all-new lobby with custom millwork, floor- ing, indoor fireplace and check-in pods; a newly renovated Outdoor Terrace, featuring more than 1,500 square feet of al fresco dining with lounge chairs, an accent fireplace and Edison lighting for evening functions; and a completely reimag- ined Greatroom serving up Southern favorites with a modern twist from the Twisted Oak Restaurant. Tennessee Executive Team Appointed NASHVILLE — JW Marriott Nashville recently announced appointments of seven leadership positions to the Turnberry Associ- ates-owned hotel slated to open this summer. The team expands with Sil- via San Martin as director of sales and marketing; Michael Klein as director of food and beverage; Susie McDaniel as director of people and culture; Lindsay Staniszewski as director of marketing; Ross Bruce as director of revenue management; Michael Edwards as director of fi- nance; and Steve Vaughn as director of engineering. The newest exec- utive members bring a combined 115 years of extensive hospitality experience to JW Marriott Nash- ville, said General Manager Lukus Kindlesparker. "We've established a seasoned team of professionals, each bring- ing his or her diverse background and experience to create a refresh- ing perspective on hospitality," Kindlesparker said. "Having strong, well-rounded executives is critical to a successful and impactful open- ing. We are confident that under this leadership, the JW Marriott Nash- ville is perfectly positioned to be a leader is the luxury hospitality space in Nashville and beyond." Located in downtown Nash- ville, the new 33-story, 533-room property will offer 50,000 square feet of event space equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual and wireless technology. Amenities will include a trio of award-win- ning restaurants, including Mi- chael Mina's Bourbon Steak; a full-service Spa by JW; a heated rooftop pool; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. n AUSTIN — The LINE Austin, a new hotel by the Sydell Group, opened earlier this spring in a restored and fully renovated mid-century building, originally constructed in 1965. All 428 re-imagined guest rooms, designed by Sean Knibb, feature cus- tom-designed furnishings inspired by natural materials and the landscape of central Texas, custom artwork by local Texas artists and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Town Lake on one side and the city on the other. With 20,000 square feet of space for meetings, events and private dining, the LINE offers experiences ranging from intimate gatherings overlooking the lake on the pool deck or from the roof- top restaurant to grand affairs in a lakeside ballroom. The hotel has an onsite special events team. The LINE Austin also includes three restaurants, an outdoor pool and four bars. One of the restaurants, Arlo Grey, will be led by Kristen Kish, winner of season 10 of "Top Chef." n New Hotel In Austin Opens The newly renovated Outdoor Terrace at The Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

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