MAY 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 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 60 Missouri E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O MO THE GATEWAY ARCH The Gateway Arch, the nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, has become symbolic with St. Louis and the city's role in America's westward expansion. Along with the impressive view of the outside of the Arch, there are attractions within, including the Journey to the Top, educational programs, an award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream and The Arch Store. BY T. WAYNE WATERS Adventures and Activities For All Types Of Group Gatherings Bordered by the Mississippi River on the east side and bi-sected by the Missouri River, Missouri borders eight different states. The "Show Me State" has four large urban areas, many small and mid-size towns, numerous historic sites and a range of geographical features, including the Ozark Mountains, large lakes, caves and river bluffs, which offer options for many types of recreational activities. Meeting and event venues throughout the state range from large convention centers and hotels to mountain retreats to unique small-town settings. St. Louis Music and nightlife, baseball, a historic place in America's westward expansion, world-class museums and cultural institutions, a park USA Today calls the nation's top city park, unique neighborhoods ranging from quaint to funky to elegant and a revitalized and expanded river- front combine into what tourism officials call the Spirit of St. Louis. According to Explore St. Louis, the city's iconic Gateway Arch National Park takes cen- ter stage this summer as part of a major $380 million riverfront renovation with expanded parks to connect the riverfront to downtown, new biking and running trails, expanded space for outdoor concerts and indoor events, and a new state-of-the-art museum commemorating the westward expansion of the United States. The official opening of the new riverfront at- tractions is set for July 3, 2018. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 62.) The riverfront park's new connection to downtown provides improved access to the America's Center Convention Complex, which features 502,000 square feet of exhibit space, with five exhibit halls, 80 meeting rooms, a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, a 67,000-seat arena and 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre. For smaller meetings, the Executive Conference Center, located on the complex's third floor, is designed for meetings of up to 100 people. More than 7,000 guest rooms are downtown, within walking distance of the America's Center complex. At historic Union Station, which includes a 567-room Curio Collection by Hilton hotel and more than 137,000 square feet of versatile space for meetings, receptions or other events, the 43,000-square-foot, glass-roofed Midway adds five additional breakout rooms. A 200- foot observation wheel, the St. Louis Wheel, will be added in 2019 to an outdoor train park that now offers a nightly fire and light show. Dan Donovan@St. Louis CVC

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