JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 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 14 CONFERENCE CENTERS CHARISMA & CHARACTER The James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, Georgia With its majestic cypress lake as its signature feature, the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, Ga., offers an inspirational as well as productive setting for business meetings, educational seminars and social events, according to Director of Sales Sandra Roose. Among the gathering spots is an expansive veranda that accommodates 200 guests, over- looking the cypress lake and fountain. Inside, the conference center houses 11 meeting spaces, from a small boardroom to a meeting space with 1,100 theater seats. Fiber optic communications allow the facility to offer complimentary Wi-Fi for up to 500 users, a feature that corporate and association planners covet, according to Roose. Along with 446 complimentary parking spaces, there are more than 4,000 affordable hotel and motel rooms, abundant restaurant and shopping options nearby. Roose added that the conference center's executive chef and highly trained culinary team create delightful meal presentations. "if you go away hungry it is your own fault," she said. "Our menu brochures are available upon request and we offer customized dining options." Before or after meetings, attendees will enjoy a city rich in Southern heritage with charm, hospitality and character. Additionally, Wild Adventures Amusement Park, Raisin' Cane, a real working farm, and the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area offer options for off-site adventures. ROOMS WITH A VIEW Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Mo. Rooms with a waterfall view are just the beginning of the experience attendees will luxuriate in at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Independence, Mo. Awarded TripAdvisor's 2017 Certificate of Excellence, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center – just minutes away from the action of Kansas City in a secluded area surrounded by walking trails and a lake nestled within the Falls at Crackerneck Creek – pro- vides the beauty of natural landscapes to inspire conference attendees. "We work with a lot of education groups and they really like our sur- rounding walking trail and outdoor space," said Jeff Hirst, director of sales. The conference space was designed with nature in mind and views of the outdoors. "Most of our rooms feature natural lighting, scenic views and outdoor exits," Hirst said. When it comes to food experiences and entertainment, the venue works with vendors that provide an extra sensory touch, according to Hirst. "We work with several different caterers that excel in their food category: Mexican, Amer- ican, BBQ," he said, adding that the hotel and conference center make sure to cater the culinary experience to the event and planner's wishes, in- cluding outdoor culinary adventures. In addition, entertainment after the workday is done, includ- ing fun team-building activities and inclusive down-time action that keeps the attendees engaged and networking together, is never dull at Stoney Creek. "We've had live entertainment, outdoor campfire receptions, mouse races, carnival games and more," Hirst said. Working with companies such as Kansas City, Mo.-based Wheeling 'n Dealing Casino Parties, the conference center can offer attendees an authentic taste of a real Las Vegas casino right at the venue. TOP-NOTCH TECHNOLOGY & INSPIRATIONAL MENUS AMA's Washington Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va. "From hotel meeting space to unique venues with spectacular views of the D.C. skyline, Arlington offers an array of sites with flexible space and top-notch technology options for conferences, ► AT&T Hotel and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin The James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, Georgia

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