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  • The project includes an outdoor terrace and the 10-room executive meeting center.
  • The entire Park MGM is being tailored for smaller groups of up to 5,000 guests.
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  • Las Vegas media said the schedule for another firearms show on Oct. 21-22 was still being decided. January’s SHOT Show remains on schedule.
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  • Diversified Communications announced the acquisition of Luxperience, an Australian hosted buyer event focused on luxury travel.
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  • British Tourism & Travel brand.

Gulf Coast Convention Business Continues Amid Oil Spill Crisis

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
May 4, 2010
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By Hil Anderson, senior editor

New Orleans, LA – A citywide medical conference hummed along in New Orleans where tourism officials predicted that an oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico would not interrupt activities in the Crescent City.

Approximately 15,000 attendees were registered for Digestive Disease Week May 1-5 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The facility is located several miles from the coastline.

Convention centers elsewhere on the Gulf Coast were also open for business May 3. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS was set to welcome Southern Gaming Summit/Bingoworld on May 5. Space at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL was being used as a command post for the area by the U.S. Coast Guard, British Petroleum and various agencies. No large events were on the center’s calendar for the near future.

TSE will provide continuing coverage throughout the week.

Reach Keith Levey, director of sales, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, at (504) 582-3023 or klevey@mccno.com; Johanna Merryman, convention manager, Digestive Disease Week, at (301) 272-0022 or jmerryman@gastro.org; Bob Brazier, general manager, Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, at (251) 208-2100 or bbrazier@mobileconventions.com; Bill Holmes, executive director, Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, at (228) 594-3700 or bholmes@mscoastcoliseum.com

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