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 44 A R K A N S A S In late 2017, the 1913-era Legacy Hotel reopened as the 82-room boutique Hotel Frederica, an Ascend Hotel Collection mem- ber, after completing renovations. The hotel has 1,000 square feet of meeting space. New to the River Market District is the 140-room Hilton Garden Inn, boasting the city's only rooftop restaurant. On the horizon is a 112- room AC Hotel by Marriott in the Downtown Financial Quarter. A major destination development has been inclusion along the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which was launched Jan. 15, 2018 and encompasses over 100 sites across 14 states and the District of Columbia. The trail includes six Little Rock historic landmarks, including a top-ten trail site, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Because Little Rock is situated along the Arkansas River, it allows many outdoor rec- reational opportunities, including the Arkan- sas River Trail, a 17-mile loop along the river connected by multiple pedestrian bridges, bicycle and kayak excursions and Segway tours. The city continues to capitalize on its natural beauty by enhancing its existing features and developing new ones. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Little Rock Contact: Little Rock Riverfront Park With award-winning chefs, local dining favor- ites, a growing craft beer, spirits and wine community, and a host of fun food trucks, Little Rock's vibrant food and beverage scene can add a lot of local flavor to any event, according to the CVB. "For beer, wine and spirit enthusiasts, the best way to explore Little Rock's adult beverage scene is to pick up a 'Locally Labeled' pass- port and guide," said Gina Gemberling, vice president of sales and services for the CVB. "Use it to plan your tours and tastings, and score some great Little Rock swag by having your passport validated at participating venues. (The passport and guide can be found on the CVB website: scroll down to Locally Labeled under the Food & Drink tab.) Groups can also rent the Toddy Trolley to drive them to downtown breweries and distilleries or catch a guided tour on their own with Arkansas Brews Cruise." (Learn more at and For more information, visit Little Rock CVB Foodie Fun! Little Rock CVB people and two outdoor pavilions. The Greens At North Hills, a municipal golf course, fea- tures a banquet room that can seat up to 150 for dinners or host 225 for receptions. Conway Home to 11 parks and two lakes, Conway is known as the City of Colleges for its three institutions of higher learning, including the University of Central Arkansas and two private colleges. A 30-minute drive from Little Rock, Conway offers planners small-town charm with amenities found in larger cities, along with more than 1,200 lodging rooms and a variety of venues, according to the Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau. Conference Services at the University of Central Arkansas can accommodate planners with spaces on and off campus, including Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, with meeting rooms and a ballroom that can accom- modate up to 280, and the 1,200-seat Reynolds Performance Hall. Conway Expo and Event Center features a 40,000-square-foot expo center and an event center with 6,200 square feet of meeting and function space that can divide into six rooms. Hotels with event space include Country Inn & Suites, with space to host up to 100 guests for meetings or receptions; Hilton Garden Inn, with 2,400 square feet of function space; and Hampton Inn, with 75 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 50 people. Pine Bluff The 90,000-square-foot Pine Bluff Convention Center is the largest meeting facility of its kind in southeast Arkansas. According to the Pine Bluff CVB, it features a lobby concourse, a 1,900-seat auditorium, a banquet hall with seating for up to 700 and an 8,000-seat arena that also can accommodate up to 150 booths. The center is also the home of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, including exhibits honoring best-selling author John Grisham, musician Levon Helm, actor Billy Bob Thorn- ton and others. The city has approximately 990 lodging rooms, including several with function spaces: the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Pines Mall has 80 guest rooms and 2,000 square feet of event space; the Hampton Inn & Suites has 80 guest rooms and a meeting room for up to 50; and the 67-room Holiday Inn Express has a meeting room for up to 25 guests. n

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