Features

Huntsville’s Surprisingly Good Brews

As the cliche goes, “you don’t have to be a rocket scientist” to recognize the value of the Huntsville, Alabama, area for meetings and events. Recently my husband and I discovered another great reason to visit the Space City: breweries! Huntsville and neighboring Madison have (at last count) ten breweries, which has to be the… Read more »

The South’s Top Small Markets with BIG Music

“The South’s Top 10 Small Markets with BIG Music” Based On Reader & Fan Votes This September, ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for those who plan events held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places for music and to hold a meeting… Read more »

San Antonio Sparkles

San Antonio is sparkling with new life as a number of capital projects come onboard within the city. For meetings and conferences, this means a memorable meeting location that offers everything from a revamped Henry B. González Convention Center to recreated urban spaces for outdoor special events at Hemisfair. Henry B. González Convention Center Sparkles… Read more »

Experiencing the Marriott Orlando World Center

By Marcia, Bradford, Orlando, Florida, June 9 -12, 2016 With 2,009 guest rooms, 120 suites and 450,000 square feet of event space, The Marriott Orlando World Center truly is a world onto itself. In fact, during the three nights and four days I was there, the only time I left the property was to to… Read more »

Flying Cars & “Flying” In To Your Private Treehouse Accommodations: Travel Predictions For 2030

From flying cars to “flying” into your luxury treehouse accommodations zipline-style, here’s a glimpse of travel trends 15 years into the future. During December, it’s not unusual to make predictions about the year ahead. But a recent survey, commissioned by Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, jumped further ahead in time, asking people in the… Read more »

Spotlight On Meeting Professionals — 2016

Meeting professionals spend much of their time working behind the scenes, tending to details large and small, in order to keep meetings running smoothly. They also put a great deal of energy into designing events that are fun, engaging and memorable. So it is an honor and a privilege to put these hard-working and creative… Read more »

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 »