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 67 Room, with classroom seating for up to 50; Legacy Place, which can seat up to 115 for the- ater-style presentations; and the Club House, which can host up to 200. Other major hotels with meeting facilities include the 293-room Hilton Branson Conven- tion Center and 236-room Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. The Branson Convention Center has a 23,000-square-foot ballroom in 220,000 total square feet of event space; Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center has 299 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of event space; and Westgate Branson Woods Resort offers traditional guest rooms, one- and two-bedroom villas, and two-bedroom cabins. The resort has five meeting rooms for groups of up to 450. Kansas City A lot is happening in Kansas City with the construction of several hotels, including a new convention hotel, plus upgrades and expan- sions at other properties, according to Derek Klaus, director of communications with Visit Kansas City: "The Loews Kansas City Con- vention Center Hotel is the big project in the wings and another major project we're excited to tout is the new single terminal coming to Kansas City International Airport, which will open in 2021." The $1 billion airport project will feature an enhanced design with 39 gates and the ability to expand to 42 gates in the future. In 2017, the airport experienced its third-busiest year ever, with more than 11.5 million passengers. Set to open in 2020, the Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel will have 800 guest rooms and 60,000 square feet of event space. It will be within walking distance to the city's Power & Light District, the KC Streetcar, Sprint Center and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The hotel will connect directly to the Kansas City Convention Center, which features 48 meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat theater and a 46,000-square-foot Grand Ball- room. The 983-room Kansas City Marriott Down- town, which has 93,000 square feet of historic and modern event space, is completing a $40 million guest room renovation this year to in- clude technologically advanced features such as energy-efficient LED lighting, new charging and USB outlet options, and high-speed inter- net, according to Visit Kansas City. ► M I S S O U R I Just a short walk from Busch Stadium or the Gateway Arch and right in the middle of the entertainment and nightlife destination Ball- park Village, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark offers 671 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of traditional event space. The property also features an award-winning rooftop bar that has 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with panoramic views of Busch Stadium, downtown, the Arch and the Mississippi River. Three Sixty is the flagship of six restau- rants in the hotel and has been named one of The World's 25 Most Amazing Rooftop Bars by The Daily Meal. Soaring 400 feet above the city, it has a contemporary décor with indoor and outdoor bars, an open kitchen, a wine wall, flat-screen TVs and fire pits, and offers semi-private dining areas that can be used for groups of up to 300 people. In addition to Three Sixty, the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark has 27 meeting rooms and event spaces. The Grand Ballroom can host up to 1,500 guests and the Arch View Ballroom can seat up to 600. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Contact: View of Busch Stadium from Three Sixty Rooftop Bar Kansas City airport new terminal rendering

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