Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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October 2016 7 LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Louisville's down- town convention center has closed as its $207 million expansion and renovation begins. The project will expand exhibit hall and ballroom space in the Kentucky International Convention Center's existing footprint. Studies show that the additional convention space, along with more than 1,500 new hotel rooms, is likely to attract up to 25 percent more con- vention business when the project is com- pleted in summer 2018. The expansion is one aspect of Louisville's current transformation. Some $1 billion is being invested in projects including a 600- room Omni Louisville Hotel, more bourbon distilleries and attractions and other projects. Louisville's largest convention venue, the Kentucky Exposition Center, adjacent to the airport, is open for business as the downtown convention center is expanded. www.transformationlouisville.com. Kentucky International Convention Center Expansion Underway Courtesy Louisville CVB Louisville's Kentucky International Convention Center is undergoing a $207 million expansion and renovation. NORFOLK, Virginia — Next to the Elizabeth River at the corner of Granby and Main streets, the Main is set to become Norfolk's newest combination hotel, restaurant and meeting space in March. The 21-story building will join downtown's skyline of modern and historic buildings. A 100-foot-tall atrium will be the property's focal point, blending the city's urban core with a contemporary interior. Its Exchange at the Main will offer up to 39 meeting rooms in 42,000 square feet of high- tech and high-design meeting space. The Exchange will also include a collaboration room and two boardrooms. At 18,500 square feet, the Main Ballroom will be the largest ballroom in Virginia, accommodating 1,200 seated guests. The 30-room Hilton Norfolk The Main will have its lobby on the building's second floor with 20 floors of guest rooms above. Eleven suites on the hotel's top floors will have views of the city and the Elizabeth River. The Main will have three distinct dining options: Saltine, Varia and Grain, each located on a different level and offering food and drink at different price points. www.themainnorfolk.com Courtesy the Main The new 21-story hotel, the Main, will bring more than 42,000 square feet of meeting space to Norfolk. New Hotel and Meeting Property to Open in Norfolk

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