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July 2015 Issue

Cover: How small markets make you feel important

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Features

    Five Tips For Turning “I Can’t” Into “I Can”

    Turning "No" into "Yes"

    By Carrie O’Connor As a meeting planner, you undoubtedly possess a rare blend of creativity, strategic thinking and persistence. Like Olivia Pope, the fictional crisis manager in the television series Scandal, you are a gladiator who will stop at nothing to produce amazing, memorable events. But in today’s competitive marketplace, there is immense pressure to produce bigger, better, over-the-top meetings each year. So what… Read more »

    Winter Hot Spots: Great Places In the South To Escape Winter’s Chill

    Gasparilla

    By T. WAYNE WATERS Temperatures continue to rise all over the nation, so it might be difficult right now to think about escaping winter’s icy grip. But winter will come and it’s the prime time for business meetings in many Southern destinations, where mild temperatures, reasonable rates and the prospect of no mosquitos (not to mention no snow) draw meeting-goers… Read more »

    ConventionSouth – News Across The South, July 2015

    Porsche Experience

    Florida Kimpton Introduces “Pashmina Program”, Miami – To address situations in which some participants feel chilly in meeting rooms, Kimpton’s Florida hotels have rolled out a “Pashmina Program.” This complimentary offering for groups attending meetings at Kimpton’s Florida properties is designed to provide a fashionable approach to keep guests warm. According to Eric Jellson, director of marketing and strategy,… Read more »

Making Headlines

    Ashley Jones joins Visit KC as V.P. of Partnership & Events

    Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kansas City

    Kansas City, Mo.—Visit KC, Kansas City’s hospitality and tourism organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley Jones to its management team. Jones assumes the role of Vice President of Partnerships & Events, bringing with her 14 years of experience in destination management and community development organizations.   “Ashley Jones is a proven leader… Read more »

    Disney Promotes Nick Anderson At Swan & Dolphin Property

    Swan and Dolphin Hotel ballroom

    Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – July 23, 2015 – Nick Anderson has been promoted to associate director of sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. In Anderson’s expanded role, he will now oversee the team responsible for booking small meetings at the hotel as well as handle all accounts in the New York… Read more »

    New Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Opens in McKinney Texas

    Sheraton McKinney Hotel & Conference Center opens

    Dallas, Texas  — The new Sheraton McKinney Hotel at the corner of Highway 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway announces its highly anticipated opening in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The $38 million project represents McKinney’s first upscale, full-service hotel and features 187 guest rooms, ten suites, and is connected… Read more »

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