Hurricane Relief Efforts Continue

  The 2017 hurricane season may be over for the southern U.S., but many people are still reeling from the impact of this year’s major storms. As those who were affected by one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons on record continue to deal with the loss of lives, homes, jobs and related stress, a… Read more »

Top 5 Tips for Golf Tournament Planners

It’s official: more and more planners are seeing the value in having a tournament as part of their event. Golf pros and meeting professionals at prestigious golf venues across the South have some advice for planners who are curious about adding a tournament to their events. Here are some of the top pieces of advice… Read more »

Using Music to Energize Corporate Presentations

Executives, by and large, expect your presentation to be boring. It’s why they ask for the exec summaries up front––so if they have to zone off, they’re still covered. So how do you signal to them, right away, that yours is different? One of the easiest ways is also stunningly effective: play music. Whenever I… Read more »

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions In addition to the winners listed above, we received a number of write-in recommendations for this year’s ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Awards. While we receive write-in votes every year, the properties listed below received multiple write-in votes, which qualified them for our Honorable Mention recognition.   ALABAMA Bellingrath Gardens & Home Visit Mobile… 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 »

Technology Trends That Will Drive Future Events

Today’s conventions and trade shows are not your fathers’ events. So much has changed, and event technology has been one of the most dominant change agents, driven mostly by the advent of metrics to measure trade show investment dollars. Now, event technologies that were not available 20 years ago, or if available, not widely-used, can… 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 »

Planner Profile: Samantha Vogel, CMP

Q&A with Samantha Vogel, CMP Manager, Meetings and Travel, GameStop While teaching 11th grade English, Samantha Vogel came to the realization that the type of work she most loved was to design and create unique experiences. Ultimately, this realization led to a career in the meetings and events industry. “I knew I wanted a job… Read more »

Crazy Costumes, Interactive Exhibits & Games, Oh My!

  By Adrianne Bowen With the soaring popularity of comic cons and other fun role-playing events, costumes and interactive adventures are becoming a major part of today’s trade shows. And it’s not just anime extravaganzas getting in on the fun. Dazzling Mardi Gras costumes have always been a magical part of the festivities in Mobile… Read more »

How Southern Expos Are Becoming Trendy & Fun

By Adrianne Bowen The digital age has touched every business, including the large-events market. But that’s not the only thing that has transformed the trade show experience and what attendees can expect. Even though the most important factor is always going to be showcasing the services and products of the vendors, an element of fun… Read more »