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

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 »

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 »