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Singing the praises of St. Tammany

Courtesy Louisiana’s Northshore

Where is St. Tammany Parish?
This Louisiana parish borders the north side of Lake Pontchartrain, 45 minutes north of downtown New Orleans, where interstates 10, 12 and 59 converge. Its multiple communities have a combined population of 200,000. St. Tammany Parish doesn’t consider itself a suburb of New Orleans; each of its cities has its own personality.

How do we get there?
Most meeting goers drive there, but the parish is less than an hour from New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International, Baton Rouge Metropolitan and Gulfport-Biloxi International.

What types of meetings best suit the area?

For meetings of 350 people or fewer, St. Tammany Parish has diverse meeting venues. The region has Louisiana flavor without New Orleans’ costs and congestion.

What’s new?

• In 2011, Louisiana’s Northshore was named the CVB of the Year by the Louisiana Travel and Promotion Association.

• Several hotels have opened recently, including a Comfort Suites in Mandeville, a Candlewood Suites in Slidell, and a full-service Hilton Garden Inn in Covington. Three other properties were recently renovated.

Tell me about your main meeting sites.
Meeting goers can choose from more than 2,500 hotel rooms in the parish.

The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell is the area’s largest meeting venue. Opened in 2005, its meeting spaces include an 18,000-square-foot, column-free exhibit space. Parking is free and there is outdoor event space.

The Castine Center in Pelican Park offers 28,000 square feet of event space.

Each of three ballrooms at the Fleur de Lis Event Center in Mandeville has gaslights, a star-lit ceiling, a bar and bathrooms. There are also private outdoor courtyards.

The renovated, 155-room Clarion in Covington has 8,500 square feet of meeting space.