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 »

ConventionSouth – News Across The South, July 2015

Florida Kimpton Introduces “Pashmina Program”, Miami – To address situations in which some participants feel chilly in meeting rooms, Kimpton’s Florida hotels have rolled out a “Pashmina Program.” This complimentary offering for groups attending meetings at Kimpton’s Florida properties is designed to provide a fashionable approach to keep guests warm. According to Eric Jellson, director of marketing and strategy,… Read more »

Small Market Meetings: Where Your Group Can Be The Big Dog In Town

By Ashley Wright The South is known for its small-town appeal. Walkable downtowns, preserved history and a slower pace are all part of the charm. Meetings held at smaller sites allow groups to gather in towns where Southern hospitality is at its finest, where guests are welcomed with a friendly demeanor and offered one-of-a-kind experiences for attendees to… Read more »

Mixing Medicine with Pleasure: Today’s Medical Meetings Experience

By Adrianne Bowen When Janet Skorepa, associate executive director of education and scientific meetings for the American Urological Association (AUA), began planning the 110th AUA Annual Meeting held May 15–19, 2015, she knew that she needed a destination that would produce a great experience for attendees, both in terms of learning and in being entertained…. Read more »

Meeting Tech Trends Through 2015

Chicago, IL — The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) recently released this year’s top meeting technology trends. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Meeting Planners are seeing their role influenced more and more by technology, not just for the meeting itself, but in researching and booking venues, how planners interact on site and how they communicate following… Read more »

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Reveals Renovation, Refreshed Amenities and Accommodations Enhance Guest Experience

Sanibel Island, Fla. — After several months of renovations, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa has unveiled its newly designed accommodations. The resort’s refreshed features include upgrades throughout many condominiums, and several additions to the first floor of the Resort Centre. A new state-of-the-art fitness center provides owners and guests plenty of room to exercise. The… Read more »