2020 Meeting and Event Industry Trends Survey

COMPLETE SURVEY AND GET ENTERED TO WIN APPLE iPAD OR APPLE WATCH!* For more than 35 years, ConventionSouth Magazine has been providing information on the Southern US convention, meeting & event market. We do this in part by conducting extensive industry research studies that benefit both event planners and CVBs. In order to continue to… Read more »

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Awarded Three Palm Status

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program has awarded the coastal-inspired Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa with a Three Palm Status.

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 »

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.

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

  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — 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,… Read more »

HIDE Opens New Event Space in Dallas’ Deep Ellum

DALLAS, Tex. — 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.

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 »

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 »