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 »

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 »