Features

Large Event Facilities Offer Flexibility To Groups Of All Sizes

By Ashley Wright From convention centers in large metropolitan areas that offer the hustle and bustle of urban life to expo halls in smaller towns with a slower pace and hometown charm, the South is filled with a variety of large event spaces that can meet the needs of almost any meeting planner.   Large… Read more »

Five Reasons Leadership Is Worth The Effort

By Jon Schmieder, CSEE On one of our weekly date nights, my wife offered up a rather poignant statement. After a particularly rough day at the office, she said, “Sometimes being a leader really sucks.” For those in leadership positions, this surely isn’t a new concept. If you are a meeting planer, an event director,… Read more »

Life In The Talty Lane: My Ride On Bert

My Ride On Bert “Bert” is as stumpy as a bull frog, as strong as an ox and as agile as a ballerina. Bert is formally known as “Fat Albert,” and she’s the huge C-130 Hercules transport plane that performs the opening act for the Navy’s Blue Angels precision fight squadron. Her primary mission is… Read more »

Site Seeing: “Discovering the Palm Beaches”

Discover the Palm Beaches . . . One of our editors did some site research “Site-Seeing” this week, south Florida style. ConventionSouth Contributing Editor Ashley Wright was in Florida “Discovering the Palm Beaches” and meeting up with meeting executives in the famous visitor and conference destination. Nerissa Edden, Sales Manager for the Palm Beach County… Read more »

Life In The Talty Lane: Bowling as a team (building) sport

Opinions, quotes and other pointless commentary from the publisher, Talty O’Connor. A few weeks ago all of our employees embarked on an adventuresome afternoon corporate retreat. We went bowling. We started off with a meeting to talk a little about our company culture. We have certain agreements we all commit to that revolve around character,… Read more »

Increase your event’s R.O.E. (Return On Experience)

Creating an engaging “experience” for participants has become a major goal — and challenge — for organizations and meeting planners seeking creative, breakthrough team building and overall event satisfaction. More and more meetings and conferences will be seeking more and more creative means to deliver these captivating and memorable experiences. Golf and deep sea fishing… Read more »

Going Green: Making Meetings More Eco-Friendly

From local farm to table cuisine and edible table decor, to cutting paper use and waste, “Going Green” will be a growing trend in meeting and conference planning into the future. The South’s agricultural roots and respect for the environment have long made the region a haven for “green meetings.” ConventionSouth Magazine’s digital guide offers… Read more »

Sonesta Gwinnett Place and Benchmarc360 team up for creative team building experiences

DULUTH, GA – Beginning in July 2015, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta has partnered with Benchmarc360, Inc., a leader in energizing and memorable team building experiences. The new partnership represents a fresh take on interactive team building ideas for Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta’s groups and meetings, and will further increase the business and leisure guests’ overall… Read more »

Five Tips For Turning “I Can’t” Into “I Can”

By Carrie O’Connor As a meeting planner, you undoubtedly possess a rare blend of creativity, strategic thinking and persistence. Like Olivia Pope, the fictional crisis manager in the television series Scandal, you are a gladiator who will stop at nothing to produce amazing, memorable events. But in today’s competitive marketplace, there is immense pressure to produce bigger, better, over-the-top meetings each year. So what… Read more »

Winter Hot Spots: Great Places In the South To Escape Winter’s Chill

By T. WAYNE WATERS Temperatures continue to rise all over the nation, so it might be difficult right now to think about escaping winter’s icy grip. But winter will come and it’s the prime time for business meetings in many Southern destinations, where mild temperatures, reasonable rates and the prospect of no mosquitos (not to mention no snow) draw meeting-goers… Read more »