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Life In The Talty Lane: Golf Builds Business Relationships

Opinions, quotes and other pointless commentary from our publisher, Talty O’Connor Golf is not exactly a new sports phenomenon. People have been playing stick and ball games since before Julius Caesar invaded Britain. He was probably shunned by the British Open selection committee. Golf, as we know it, was “officially” created in Scotland in the… Read more »

How Event Planners Can Harness ‘The Power Of Who’

Bob Beaudine, author of “The Power Of Who,” asserts an intriguing take on relationships: “You already know everyone you need to know.” As president and CEO of the executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine, he has placed people in some of the top jobs in the country; they now run major league teams, television networks, and college… Read more »

Spiritually Minded Meetings: A Foundation Built On Trust

By Adrianne Bowen Faith-based and youth groups flock to spiritual minded events and destinations Campus Outreach Ministries is one youth-based organization that knows the allure of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has held its Annual Regional New Year’s Conference there for years, from 2001–2006 and then again in 2014 and 2015. “Our CVB has invited them back… Read more »

COVER STORY: How Golf & Recreation Build Relationships

By Selena Chavis Meeting planners have long recognized the value of adding recreation and team-building components to meetings, conventions and social events. Getting out of the humdrum of daily business activity is often one of the most powerful tools for building relationships, both with internal staff and external clients. For Jessie Chen, senior conference specialist… Read more »

A Changing Landscape: Meetings Industry Building Boom Continues

A meetings-industry construction boom is taking place all over the South. Here’s an overview of what’s happening where and when . . . On Target For 2016 ALABAMA Huntsville: As part of a $70 million downtown redevelopment on the site of a former Holiday Inn, the Centre at Big Spring will include a new 150-room… Read more »

A Welcome Evolution In Meeting Space Design

A Welcome Evolution In Meeting Space Design by Marcia Bradford Years ago, as a conference attendee, I often felt frustrated that I was visiting a beautiful resort area or interesting city, yet ended up spending most of my time in a windowless meeting room. There were many times when I headed home disappointed that I… Read more »

Featured Site Visit: Houston’s Expanding Convention District

Following is our continuing updates on ConventionSouth site visits from Marcia Bradford. Downtown Houston is buzzing with activity, thanks to recent changes–added green space, an expanded mass transit system, reimagined historic buildings and new housing options–which have been in the works for several years. Like other large cities, Houston is also benefitting from the trend… Read more »

Going Green: Virginia Beach Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Standard

 VIRGINIA BEACH—The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (VBCVB) recently announced that the Visitor Information Center, located at the resort area near the I-264 entrance, has obtained LEED Gold certification for the first time in the building’s 25-year history. The facility is the first visitor center in the U.S. to secure Gold status for existing buildings…. Read more »

Nomination Call For Meeting Pros To Watch, 2016

Who will stand out as the meeting pros to watch in 2016? The Clock Is Ticking on the annual countdown to nominate and recognize the top meetings industry professionals to watch in the coming year. It’s time to make your nominations in for ConventionSouth’s Meeting Professionals To Watch In 2016. Industry peers help us identify… Read more »

Gaining Traffic Traction With Millennials At Your Event

The data is in and it confirms what most of us suspected: Millennials do have different expectations as meeting attendees, purchasing decision makers, students and communicators. Their expectations drive how they perceive an event and whether or not they will attend. First, an event has to be in a progressive city with culture, entertainment and… Read more »