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

Exploring A Grand and Glamorous Meeting Hotel

A February visit to the city of Coral Gables, Fla., aka “The City Beautiful,” lived up to its favorable reviews. Driving down the wide streets, some with palm trees filling the center boulevards, I was impressed by attractive architecture of the castle-like buildings, most in soft pastel colors that painted a pretty picture against a… Read more »

Exploring Louisiana’s Northshore

By Senior Editor Marcia Bradford During previous trips to New Orleans I have often glanced at the long causeway dissecting Lake Pontchartrain as I followed I-10 southward into the heart of the Big Easy and thought I’d like to check out the area. In mid-September that idea became a reality and I found there are… Read more »

ConventionSouth Visits The Hilton Sandestin

By Senior Editor Marcia Bradford Even with Hurricane Irma spinning toward south Florida, the waters along the state’s northwest coast were calm and clear when I arrived at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa on Sept. 7. From my guest room balcony on the 7th floor of the hotel’s Emerald Tower, the view… Read more »

Impressive Increase in Airline Customer Satisfaction

Despite recent headlines, Facebook posts and YouTube videos about incidents of people being treated badly on some flights, a recent study shows a substantial increase in customer satisfaction with airlines in North America. Conducted by J.D. Power, the 2017 North American Airline Satisfaction Study found that overall satisfaction has increased by 30 points, up to… Read more »

Five Southern Destinations Among Most Instagrammed Attractions

A recent study of the most Instagrammed tourist attractions in the United States found that five of the top 15 attractions are in the South. Walt Disney World in Orlando (No. 2) Miami’s South Beach (No. 3) Mardi Gras in Louisiana (No. 6) Myrtle Beach, S.C. (No. 10) Charleston, S.C. (No. 12) The results of… Read more »

Southern Destinations Dial Up Their F&B Experiences

According to a survey released in late April 2017 by AAA, an estimated 22 million Americans expect to take a culinary-focused vacation in the next 12 months. Survey results showed that 75 percent of Americans feel that food and dining are an important part of their travel experiences and four in five say they have… Read more »

Leverage Event Technology To Create WOW

Written by Chad Frank “Wow” has many meanings. Merriam-Webster’s definition is: 1. used to express a strong feeling (as pleasure or surprise) 2.  a striking success 3. to excite to enthusiastic admiration or approval. Wow is generated in different ways at conventions and conferences. What once wowed attendees doesn’t necessarily wow them today. Not all… Read more »

10 Tips for Managing Your Time

Written By Contributing Editor Sherri Middleton Time seems to fly when you are having fun and it apparently flies faster when you are on a tight deadline. It’s that way for me anyway, so I thought I’d spend a few of my precious minutes to jot down some of the best time management advice I’ve… Read more »

Environmentally Friendly Hotels in the South

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, ConventionSouth Media Group wants to highlight hotels in the South that are reducing their carbon footprint and going green! Below is an on-going list of environmentally friendly hotels. Do you know any additional hotels that should be added? Email Kayla Head at khead@coveypubs.com. *Don’t forget to add the Green Certified symbol… Read more »

Three Delightful Resort Destinations In South Florida

South Florida’s warm climate is especially enticing during the winter months, so I was greatly appreciative of the opportunity to participate in a press trip to three of the area’s top resorts during December 2016. While all three are part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network and place a strong emphasis on meetings and events,… Read more »