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 »

Several Southern Properties Among Historic Hotels of America’s Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018

Several Southern Properties Among Historic Hotels of America’s Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018 Looking for a spirited spot to stay? Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels, has just named the Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018. ConventionSouth would like to give a shout-out… Read more »

Check Out the South’s Small Market Meeting Destinations in our July Issue!

Small Markets in the South are packing a punch and producing big time results when it comes to meetings and events. You can learn about the characteristics that make these destinations appealing in the July issue of ConventionSouth. Additionally, here’s some Bonus Content about some Small Markets in the South: Small Market Appeal: Cool Downtown… Read more »

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 »

Relationship Building 101

Relationships are a fundamental component to client retention. Destination professionals offer tips on building the kind of rapport that keeps meeting planners coming back. “I believe learning as much as you can about an organization is critical. Meeting professionals and organizations appreciate us doing our research. Building rapport is not an overnight process but finding… Read more »