Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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March 2017 23 One of the city's most original attractions is the Tupelo Automobile Museum, which features more than 100 antique and classic auto- mobiles. Spanning nearly a century of car design and engineering, the collection contains everything from an 1886 Benz to a 1994 Dodge Viper and a Lincoln previously owned by Presley. Planners can also use the grounds for after-hours events or receptions. Tupelo Automobile Museum Courtesy Belle Mer Surrounded by oak and pecan trees, The Antler provides a relaxed and rustic meeting space alongside a lake. Planners can choose from three event venues on the 65-acre private farm, each featuring mod- ern amenities and elegant Southern decor. Guests can step through the cobblestone entrance of Grey Manor to find wrought-iron chandeliers in the 2,200 square feet space or admire French-style chandeliers in the 6,500-square-foot Grand Hall. The Cottage is a 3,000-square-foot cabin with four rooms that can serve as a cozy setting for smaller groups. The Antler The Elvis Presley Birthplace is more than just an attraction; it offers meeting groups a wide range of amenities and activities. The Event Center features 2,500 square feet of space that can be divided for private meetings using an air wall. It contains a boardroom, audio- visual equipment and a full-service kitchen for catering. There is also a 126-seat theater in the facility that is often used for performances and movies. After a meeting, attendees can tour the two-room home where the King spent most of his childhood and view the private collection of murals, exhibits and artifacts in the Elvis Presley Museum. Other high- lights of the 15-acre grounds are an "Elvis at 13" statue, Presley's child- hood church and a story wall detailing his life. Elvis Presley Birthplace Adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo's historic downtown, the BancorpSouth Conference Center features eight meeting rooms and complimentary parking. Next door, the BancorpSouth Arena has 32,000 square feet of space, seating up to 10,000 guests. The space can accommodate a vari- ety of events and programs, with movable wall dividers, wall-to-wall carpeting and a built-in sound system. There are 1,300 on-site parking spots, as well. BancorpSouth Conference Center

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