Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Boss- ier City are nearly four hours apart—the former is located in the southeastern portion of Louisiana, while the latter is in
the northwestern corner of the state—but both of
these Southern staples are embracing their individ-
ual culture to ramp up the meetings experience.
With their array of cultural off-sites, annual festivals and local
restaurants, combined with the right amount of southern hospitali-
ty and overall affordability, it’s no wonder Baton Rouge and Shreve-
port-Bossier continue to earn repeat group business, year after year.
Baton Rouge’s Cultural Boom
Louisiana’s capital city combines political savvy with colorful
culture and a college-town atmosphere, making it a great place for
attendees to take care of business and also have a good time.
“There is so much development going on in downtown Baton
Rouge—it’s in the midst of an economic and cultural boom,” says
Christy Chachere, communications coordinator with Visit Baton
Rouge. “In recent years we’ve seen the addition of a dozen new clubs
and restaurants, many of which are located in beautiful, historic
buildings, resulting in a historic-yet-fresh feel to the area.”
Chachere says that Baton Rouge’s ideal group size for a larger
event is 1,500 delegates, with an emphasis on regional, association,
corporate, sports and multicultural meetings and conventions.
The Baton Rouge River Center is the city’s 200,000-square-foot
entertainment facility, which holds a 12,000-seat arena, alongside
nearly 24,000 square feet of meeting space across 13 rooms. Popular
meeting hotels include the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (over
20,000 square feet), Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel (over
Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier deliver
memorable venues and experiences
BY ERIC ANDERSEN
PHOTOS THIS PAGE ( TOP TO BOT TOM):
Blend Wine Bar, Baton Rouge; Rural
Life Museum, Baton Rouge; The Perfect
Pair (wine and chocolate), Margaritaville
Resort, Bossier City; Shrimp and Grits,
Abby Singer’s Bistro, Shreveport.