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 »

Meeting Space For Tomorrow

By Marcia Bradford In case anyone hasn’t noticed, there’s a meetings-industry construction boom going on throughout the South. Existing facilities in large urban areas, mid-sized cities and small towns are adding convention and event space. New hotels are opening up or under construction in almost every meetings destination. Cultural, recreational and athletic venues are creating… Read more »

Voting Open For 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

Nominations are complete and voting is now underway for the 2015 ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominations for the annual awards, which closed October 11, are also selected from readers’ suggestions during the year. Those nominations are grouped state-by-state on the final ballot for the most creative and professional CVBs, conventions centers, hotels and other meeting sites across… Read more »

Dollywood Wins Trio Of 2015 Golden Ticket Awards

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Dollywood continues to rack up accolades from Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards, this year earning three “best of” awards and placing in the Top 5 in seven additional categories during the magazine’s 2015 awards ceremony in New York City. Dollywood’s three Golden Ticket Awards include: •           Friendliest Park, for the… Read more »

Sixth Annual Jackson Restaurant Week Returns In October

Jackson Restaurant Week has scheduled October 5-11 for its sixth season showcasing the best of Jackson’s culinary scene. Join us in Jackson, Mississippi for fourteen days of good eats and great giving. Jackson Restaurant Weeks is special because it shines the light on our best local eateries – but also our best local charities! Each time you dine at… Read more »

Best-Practice Tips For Hosting Sports Events At Your Convention Center

Planning and hosting sports events can be much different than business meetings, social events or conventions. Industry professionals offer the following best-practice tips for working with these groups. 1. Staffing Staffing is key to success, said Nicole Seltzer, director of convention center sales with the Memphis Cook Convention Center. “With the sheer number of people… Read more »