Features

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 »

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 »