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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 40 A R K A N S A S rooms that can seat up to 75 each and an exec- utive dining room. Arvest Ballpark, a 6,500- seat ballpark that's home to the Minor League Northwest Arkansas Naturals, features luxury suites for groups of up to 50. The Apollo on Emma, once a movie theater, opened in summer 2017 as a unique event venue with more than 5,000 square feet of function space for up to 664 guests. Hotels in Springdale with event space in- clude a 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites with a boardroom that seats up to 15 and is located near the convention center, and an 85-room DoubleTree by Hilton with a 650-square-foot meeting room. Eureka Springs A true Victorian-era town, Eureka Springs has welcomed tourists for more than 100 years and is consistently ranked as one of the state's most popular group destinations. The entire city, home to more than 100 shops, boutiques and restaurants, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is also widely recog- nized as the home to The Great Passion Play, an outdoor drama that has been staged for more than 50 years. The historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, with 76 guest rooms and 12 suites, has indoor and outdoor event space for up to 250 attend- ees, with two event spaces in more than 3,800 square feet total. The hotel was recently named one of the country's Top 25 Most Haunted Hotels by Historic Hotels of America and of- fers regular ghost tours. Other event facilities include the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which can host up to 250 for a reception or seat up to 100 for dinners. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center has 122 guest rooms and an 18,000-square-foot conference center that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Fort Smith Fort Smith is abuzz with talk of a new hotel, a new specialty park and big news on the hori- zon, according to Amy Jones, convention and event sales director for the Fort Smith CVB. "The big news is we have an opening date for the long-awaited U.S. Marshals Museum to be located on our riverfront: September 24, 2019. We look forward to sharing more about that as construction progresses." (See the Breakout Spotlight on page 38.) According to Jones, a new 94-room Fair- field Inn & Suites by Marriott opened at the beginning of 2018, with event space for up to 75 people, and two hotels, the Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown and Comfort Inn and Suites, completed major renovation projects in 2017. Also in the past year, the 255-room Dou- bleTree (formerly the Executive Hotel at City Center) completed a $10 million renovation. The facility has 17,000 square feet of function space and is connected to the Fort Smith Con- vention Center, which offers a 40,000-square- foot exhibit hall, a 1,331-seat performing arts center and more than 7,300 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Temple Live opened downtown in 2017 after a multi-mil- lion-dollar restoration of an Art Deco Masonic Temple. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the four-story venue has three large banquet halls, a commercial kitchen, and a 1,110-seat auditorium. Another new event space downtown is The Sound Room, a hybrid indoor/outdoor venue that features open-air views but can be enclosed to create an entirely indoor space. The Sound Room can accommo- date up to 850 guests for live performances, private dinners, meetings or special entertain- ment. Also new to the riverfront is the Riverfront Drive Skate and Bike Park, which Russ Jester, marketing and communications manager for the CVB, said will open by mid summer. The skate and bike park will be an extension of Riverfront Park's event facilities that include an outdoor amphitheater and stage, two indoor spaces for up to 100 people each and a pan- oramic glass pavilion for up to 200 guests. Texarkana Texarkana, located in the far southwest corner of the state in an area called the Ark-La-Tex, bills itself as "twice as nice": it has two police departments and two city halls but only one post office that straddles the state line with Texas. Texarkana, Ark., twins with Texarkana, Texas, with nothing more than a dotted line on Bentonville ............................................ A1 Conway ............................................... C3 Eureka Springs .................................... B1 Fayetteville ........................................... A2 Fort Smith H ...................................... A3 Hot Springs .......................................... B4 Little Rock / North Little Rock H ........ C3 Pine Bluff ............................................. D4 Rogers .................................................. A1 Sherwood ............................................. C3 Springdale ............................................ A1 Texarkana............................................. B5 A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 City Map Location H H

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