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 62 Sainte Genevieve Founded by French explorers in the early 1700s, Ste. Genevieve is the state's oldest city and offers planners a mix of historic sites and tours, contemporary shops, restaurants, winer- ies and microbreweries. Based on the city's au- thentic and unique history and well-preserved historic district, a bill has been introduced in Congress to establish Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park as a unit of the U.S. National Park Service. The city is located about an hour's drive south of St. Louis. Through the city's Great River Road Wel- come Center, planners can arrange group events covering local history and art, and win- ery, brewery or distillery tours, according to the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. Lodging includes villas at The Villages of Chaumette at Chaumette Winery, which also can host up to 300 for banquets. A Microtel Inn and Suites, with 42 guest rooms and six suites, has a meeting capacity of 65. Other event facil- ities include Crown Valley Winery, which has a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces for up to 200 guests, and Weingarten Vineyard that can host up to 300 for dinners or receptions. St. Charles Located just north of St. Louis, St. Charles was the jumping-off spot for the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition and today welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year to its historic downtown and area shopping, dining and at- tractions. Streets of St. Charles is a new, mixed-use development just blocks from the city's historic downtown, with retail, services, restaurants, a movie theater and nightlife, a parking garage and two new hotels: a 180-room Drury Plaza Hotel with 2,800 square feet of function space, now open, and a Tru Hotel by Hilton, set to open later this year, according to the Greater St. Charles CVB. There are more than 2,400 lodging rooms and more than 275,000 square feet of event space in a variety of venues, including the St. Charles Convention Center and attached 296- room Embassy Suites that offer 154,000 square feet of event space with a 27,600-square-foot exhibition hall. Ameristar Casino Resort Spa has 397 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 1,450 for events. Other hotels with event space include the recently renovated Best M I S S O U R I A transformed St. Louis riverfront debuts this summer, following a massive renovation to the city's iconic Gateway Arch National Park and the surrounding parklands. With the $380 million transformation, expected to be com- plete on July 3, 2018, visitors are welcome to explore the new north gateway section of the park, which includes seven and a half acres of new park space, a natural amphitheater, lawns, gardens, a raised walkway, and paths for cycling and walking. A new park over the highway connects the Arch grounds directly to downtown St. Louis's central business district, home to the America's Center Convention Complex, Bus- ch Stadium, Ballpark Village and more than 7,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the America's Center complex. Riverfront park improvements include ren- ovations to the historic Old Courthouse and a completely revamped museum experience at the Arch that explores America's westward journey and the role St. Louis played in the growth of the United States. Beginning in July, the renovation of the Arch grounds will be a boon for meeting planners with new event spaces beneath the Arch providing unique meeting locations and memorable backdrops. The renovated muse- um will also be able to accommodate events and meetings, and give attendees a chance to ride the elevators to the top of the nation's tallest man-made monument for sweeping 30-mile views of St. Louis and the Missis- sippi River. Other attractions within walking distance of the Arch include Ballpark Vil- lage, the National Blues Museum, Citygarden and Busch Stadium. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : St. Louis Contact: Dan Donovan @ St. Louis CVC America's Center Convention Complex St. Charles J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts

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