Visit Sarasota County and Bradenton Area CVB Celebrate Direct Flights

A nonstop route from Dulles International to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is being hailed by Visit Sarasota County (VSC) and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) as opening up new economic opportunities for the region. VSC and BACVB partnered with United Airlines and the airports to add the two daily nonstop flights. The two… Read more »

HIDE Opens New Event Space in Dallas’ Deep Ellum

HIDE, a popular cocktail bar in Dallas’ entertainment district, has launched a new private event spot next to their current location in Deep Ellum. The 1,600-square-foot space features HIDE’s industrial aesthetic, a private bar and room for 85 guests. HIDE will also be hosting ‘Miracle 2019,’ a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar launched by Greg Boehm… Read more »

New Marriott Hotel Near Atlanta Airport Opening Soon

The newest addition to AC Hotels by Marriott Atlanta portfolio is set to open this winter.
AC Hotel Atlanta Airport Gateway is in the developing Gateway Center in College Park, close to the Georgia International Convention Center and steps from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s ATL SkyTrain.

Advocacy Group to Protest BlizzCon Convention

An advocacy group is calling for sponsors to drop out of a video game developer’s annual convention in Anaheim. Fight for the Future, a non-profit advocating for digital rights, is protesting Blizzard Entertainment’s BlizzCon event after the company banned an esports player for voicing support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The BlizzCon convention, where… Read more »

Uber and Lyft Deploy Event Ridesharing Services

Event planners can potentially reduce no-shows by employing Uber and Lyft’s new ridesharing services for conference transportation. In many major cities across the USA, Uber and Lyft have been granted access to airport transfers, allowing event planners to create a seamless transportation package for attendees. This feature also addresses safety concerns, especially when an event… Read more »

Hard Rock’s Eye-grabbing Guitar Hotel Opens in Florida

The world’s first guitar-shaped hotel has opened for business in Florida. Stretching 450 feet high, the neon-lit Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino can be spotted from the air by passengers flying into the Fort Lauderdale airport.  The sprawling 34-level complex features 638 guest rooms and suites, and includes 19 restaurants, 20 bars, nightclubs, a… Read more »

A Tourist in My Own Town: Taking A Fresh Look at Coastal Alabama

Spring 2019 A Tourist in My Own Town: Taking A Fresh Look at Coastal Alabama By Marcia Bradford, ConventionSouth Senior Editor My experiences with the Alabama Gulf Coast go WAY back. My husband and I have lived in Gulf Shores for more than 20 years and our children were raised here. But I also traveled… Read more »

Knoxville and The Tennessean Hotel Deliver on High Expectations

Site Visit By D. Fran Morley   My husband is a fiddle player by trade, and recently, he had to be in Knoxville for a concert. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to go along and check out a new boutique hotel in the city, The Tennessean.  It turned out to be a better decision than… Read more »

Glorious Grand Shines for the Holidays A Site Visit to the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection In Point Clear, Ala.

By D. Fran Morley For nearly 25 years, starting in the early 1990s, I lived in Fairhope, Alabama, just a few miles down the road from the “Queen of Southern Resorts,” the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa at Point Clear, a 550-acre resort complex on the shore of Mobile Bay. Over the years, I attended events, meetings… Read more »