June 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATWisconsin Dells
To better compete with nearby Madison and Milwaukee for convention groups, the African-themed Kalahari Resort known for its huge indoor water park is more than doubling the size of its convention center. When finished in summer 2004, the 378-room resort will have 125,000 square feet of meeting space. This Midwestern town also got its first destination spa in March. The Sundara Spa has 26 guest suites and 14 treatment rooms.

Block E, a shopping and entertainment center that opened last September, welcomed the 255-room Le Méridien Minneapolis in April. The hotel is the chain’s only Art+Tech property in the United States; rooms feature plasma-screen TVs, etched glass headboards and high-output showers. The hotel has a ballroom, seven meeting rooms and a 500-seat auditorium. Opening next month in Block E is Escape, a nightclub/martini bar and, by day, a conference center.

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