Category: Explore, Experience, Enjoy… Southern Site Visits by ConventionSouth

Reset, Renew and Recharge at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

by D. Fran Morley Within minutes of checking in to my room at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, I unpacked, changed clothes and hit the beach for a long walk. That set the stage for the rest of my site visit trip: if I had even a short break, I was out the door finding a… Read more »

Wilmington, a Destination on the Rise

By T. Wayne Waters It’s been something like six years since I’ve visited Wilmington, N.C. so I was happy to be coming back to the city for a recent press trip hosted by Wilmington.c. River District & Island Beaches. My earlier visit had been purely as a tourist and I had appreciated Port City, as… Read more »

Sip, Shop, Savor: It’s a thing in Plano, Texas

by D. Fran Morley I was intrigued by the invitation to visit Plano, Texas on a recent press trip. I was curious about the city, located just north of the Dallas metroplex (and about 20 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport). I’d been reading good things about Plano and its explosive growth over the past decade… Read more »

Variety and Beauty of Beaches and Bays in South Walton, Florida

It’s easy to use the cliché “string of pearls” when describing the 16 communities and neighborhoods that dot the beach and back bays of South Walton County, Florida. But reflecting on the days I recently spent there as part of a press trip hosted by Visit South Walton, I think it’s more apt to think… Read more »

Hotel Crescent Court Renovation Exceeds Expectations

In late March, ConventionSouth Contributing Editor Shannon Rasmussen visited the newly renovated Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Read about her experience below. During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to view the results of The Hotel Crescent Court’s $33 million renovation as it neared its April completion. Throughout the weekend was there, the Crescent… Read more »

Awe-Inspiring Amenities at the Barnsley Resort

Exploring the grounds of the 3,000-acre Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga. has been one of the highlights of 2018! I came for the Grand Reveal event yesterday showcasing the brand new, breathtaking Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall, but I stayed to experience many of the awe-inspiring amenities that the resort has to offer…. Read more »

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld were receiving the finishing touches during my early February visit to the 28-acre property. As I toured the tropically landscaped resort with Director of Sales and Marketing Steven Green, beautiful chandeliers were being hung in the Majestic Ballroom of the new Palms Conference Center and final… Read more »

A Hive of Activity

With the Florida state legislature in session just two blocks away, the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton Tallahassee was buzzing with activity in early Feb. Jonathan LeBarre, the hotel’s director of sales, told me that many associations and corporate groups enjoy the close proximity to the Capitol, but sports groups also stay at the… Read more »

Amara Cay Is Back In Business

The first meeting resort property to reopen on Islamorada following Hurricane Irma’s visit last September, Amara Cay has been up and running since Dec. 15 and offers a gorgeous spot for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel. A private beach, event lawn, meeting room and various other areas are used for functions. General… Read more »