JUN 2018

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J U N E 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 41 a map—and photo op sign—separating the two cities. The Holiday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Con- vention Center, opened in 2014, has 127 guest rooms and is connected to the convention cen- ter that features a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, a meeting room, a boardroom, pre-function space and patios. The center can host up to 343 for classes, a maximum of 1,137 for the- ater-style events and up to 883 for dinners. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites has 88 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 80 guests. Other event facilities on the Arkansas side of the city include the historic Arkansas Municipal Auditorium, which includes city offices and an intimate theater; venues at Four States Fairgrounds that can host up to 350 for dinners and 6,500 (standing) in the arena; and Garrison Gardens, a reception and special event outdoor venue. Hot Springs Situated in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs has drawn tourists to its natural ther- mal hot springs since the early 1800s, when the area was protected as a federal reserve. In 1921, the center of town, including the fa- mous Bathhouse Row, was named a National Park and the city contains many homes and businesses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the city's historic land- marks, The Arlington Hotel, is also famous as a favored vacation spot for 1920s gangster Al Capone. Today, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa has 500 guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa with thermal baths and event space, including a conference center, two ball- rooms, six meeting rooms, a boardroom and an 11,520-square-foot exhibit center. The hotel can accommodate up to 1,000 people for meet- ings and up to 650 for banquets. Another historic facility, The Springs Hotel & Spa, is a boutique hotel that can host up to 80 for dinners in the Crown Ballroom. According to Visit Hot Springs, the city has more than 4,000 lodging rooms in the metro area. Clarion Resort on the Lake offers 149 guest rooms and 9,000 square feet of function space for up to 450 guests. A boutique hotel, The Waters, an Ascend Hotel Collection Mem- ber, opened last year and can host up to 30 people for meetings. The 196-room Hotel Hot Springs completed a renovation in 2016 and of- fers 7,000 square feet of meeting space. Court- yard by Marriott has meeting space for up to 150 guests; Comfort Suites has meeting space for up to 160 attendees; Candlewood Suites can host up to 70 guests for events; Comfort Inn and Suites has an event space for up to 73 guests. La Quinta Inn has 97 guest rooms and a small meeting space. The Hot Springs Convention Center, within walking distance of Bathhouse Row, has a 6,000-seat arena, a 16,000-square-foot ball- room and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and ex- hibit space. Em- bassy Suites Hotel & Spa, connected by covered walk- way to center, has 246 guest rooms and 3,878 square feet of function space. Little Rock "Arkansas's state capital, Little Rock, is a 'gem' when it comes to accessibility," said Gina Gemberling, vice president of sales and services for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Navigation is easy and getting to hotel prop- erties throughout the city is a breeze. Located minutes from the Bill and Hillary Clinton Na- tional Airport, the downtown district offers an array of restaurants, entertainment venues, at- tractions and shopping opportunities all within walking distance of many of our convention hotels and meeting facilities." The downtown is also served by the Rock Region METRO Electric Streetcar system. ► A R K A N S A S Relive a rich history that inspired the story of True Grit. Discover shops, eateries urban art, & nightlife just steps from where you meet. E x p erience what it's like to work with a team known for exceeding expectations. g g AMY JONES - Sales Director co n t ac t g g 800.637.1477 g g SINCE 1817 Call Toll-Free Fort Smith CVB Arkansas River Arkansas Dept of Parks & Tourism

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