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 56 N O R T H C A R O L I N A The Omni Grove Park Inn's 230-person Seely Pavilion is already open and features floor-to- ceiling doors and windows, exposed trusses and a stacked-stone hearth. Asheville Venues • The Omni Grove Park Inn: 86,852 square feet of meeting space; 513 guest rooms • The Biltmore Estate: nearly 35,000 square feet of meeting space, another 11,000 open- ing this fall; two 210-room hotels • Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort: 34,000 square feet of meeting space; 272 guest rooms • Renaissance Asheville Hotel: 21,000 square feet of meeting space; 277 guest rooms Hickory About 75 miles east of Asheville and approxi- mately half-way between Asheville and Char- lotte, Hickory is a city garnering considerable attention these days. Home of Lenoir-Rhyne University, a conven- tion center with more than 76,000 square feet of meeting space, other conference facilities and about a dozen major hotels, Hickory is known for its furniture manufacturing and malls, and rolling foothill terrain. Hickory Meeting Venues • Hickory Metro Convention Center: 76,000 square feet of meeting space; 20 meeting rooms • J.E. Broyhill Civic Center: 9,000 square feet of meeting space; 1,000-seat auditorium • Gateway Hotel & Conference Center: 15,000 square feet of meeting space; 109 guest rooms Mountain Outposts There are several high-altitude meeting facilities in this region. The joint facilities with the most meeting space are the Conference Center and Event Center at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, N.C., close to the border with Ten- nessee. Together they offer 21,000 square feet of meeting space, most of it in the 13,800-square- foot Council Fire Ballroom. The property boasts 1,108 guest rooms, not to mention live entertain- ment, a casino, a dozen restaurants (including a Ruth's Chris Steak House and Chef's Stage Buffett), a spa and shopping. (See breakout Spotlight on this page.) n Standing 21stories tall on a 56-acre resort in the gorgeous midst of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Western North Carolina just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort offers an impressive meeting venue along with 1,108 upscale guest rooms. The Conference Center and Event Center offer meeting planners plenty of space and, in the latter case, top-notch live entertainment. "At Caesars Entertainment, our clients work with one sales contact, who are decision makers and can check availabil- ity, quote rates and book business," said Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment. "Our 130 sales managers are located in the backyards of meeting planners, giving us the opportunity to learn our client's objectives face-to-face and provide them with a seamless experi- ence. We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers." The Cherokee Casino Resort's 13,801-square-foot Council Fire Ballroom can handle up to 1,180 guests and its flexi- ble space can be configured into four rooms ranging in size from 3,100 to 3,529 square feet each. The 16,815-square-foot tri-level Event Center also has considerable flexibility, with six possible layouts. It can accommodate up to 1,500 people combined among its VIP suites and 1,100 balcony seats. Those may be the prime needs for meet- ing planners but Harrah's Cherokee has more to offer, including a casino with everything from live table games such as poker, roulette and blackjack to video versions of the same. The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center provides indoor gamesmanship with its cosmic bowling lanes, billiards, arcade games and live entertainment, which offer good team-build- ing prospects, along with food and drink options. Plus, the property's 18,000-square- foot Mandara Spa is guaranteed to help keep everybody loose and relaxed. The Caesars operation makes things easy for meeting planners. And meeting planners who bring a meeting to Caesars Cherokee Casino Resort will be granted Diamond status, along with other staff if designated. That means VIP check-in and guaranteed priority service, access to special lounges and preferred pricing in certain food and beverage venues. One more plus: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort guests have privileged access to Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf magazine's best new golf courses. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Harrah's Cherokee Casino Contact: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Along with several onsite restaurants, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort offers a catering team that works closely with groups. Everything on the menu is pre- pared by the property's award-winning culinary staff and served to guests with elegance and flair. Foodie Fun!

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