Black Meetings and Tourism

September/October 2010

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AREA GUIDES LAS CRUCES NEW CONVENTION CENTER COMING ON LINE SOON WILL ENHANCE DESTINATION’S MEETING PRODUCT BY BUCK SAMUELS Located at the intersection of interstates 10 & 25, Las Cruces is the cultural and historical crossroads of the Southwest,not tomention one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. And with 350 days of sunshine a year – perfect for year-round golf and outdoor activities – LasCruces is the ideal destination to plan your nextmeeting...nomatter what time of year it is. Las Cruces offers 98,000 sq. ft. ofmeeting space and over 2,200 sleeping rooms, able to accommodate groups from 10- 1,000 attendees, allwithin the conveniently compact city lim- its. Offsite properties such as New Mexico State University and the NewMexico Farm & Ranch HeritageMuseum also offer over 40,000 sq. ft. ofmeeting space. THE WILD WEST              White Sands National Monument park. The white sand dunes are com- posed of gypsum crystal.  Photo Credit: Las Cruces CVB Meeting space inventory will get a decided boost when the Las Cruces Convention Center debuts later this year. The new LEED certified Center, which is currently under construction,willmeasure 55,000 sq. ft.with just over 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.The facility will feature a 15,000-sq. ft.exhibition hall aswell as a 9,360-sq. ft.ballroom.Therewill be six breakout rooms totaling over 3,000 sq. ft.Additionally, there will be over 5,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space and 2,000 sq. ft. of indoor pre-function space. Black Meetings & Tourism September/October 2010: 61  JUST GOT A LITTLE LESS WILD.

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