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PCMA Leadership Change

In December, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced that Deborah Sexton, who has been the organization’s president and CEO for more than 12 years, would be stepping down after the Convening Leaders event in Nashville in January. PCMA’s Chief Operating Officer Sherrif Karamat was selected as the new president and CEO.

Event Technology App Launched

MeetingPlay recently announced the launch of the next generation of its mobile app and event engagement platform. MeetingPlay’s new Gen 4 elements include: Augmented Reality (AR): MeetingPlay combined AR with gamification at Marriott’s CPC to educate attendees about Marriott’s 30 brands and create brand ambassadors following the Marriott / Starwood merger. MeetingPlay created designated AR tokens spread throughout the… Read more »

Hilton Unveils Connected Room

In early 2018, Hilton Hotel properties in Memphis and Dallas will be the first to test Hilton Worldwide’s new Connected Room, unveiled in December 2017 as “a first-of-its-kind, high-tech guest room.”

According to Christopher J. Nassetta, Hilton’s president and CEO, guests who stay at Connected Room-enabled properties will soon be able to use the Hilton Honors app to manage most things they would traditionally do manually in a room, from controlling the temperature and lighting to the TV and window coverings.

Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort Re-opens

PALM COAST, Fla. — The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, re-opened in November following a 13-month restoration project. A ceremonial event, attended by golf, tourism and elected officials, featured a first tee foursome consisting of Lee Elder, the barrier-breaking, four-time PGA TOUR winner; Ivan Lendl, member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Brad Hauer, the resort’s director… Read more »

Iconic Property Re-Opens

DALLAS — The Statler, an iconic downtown Dallas hotel, recently opened as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton following a $255 million redevelopment. Originally opened in 1956 as one of Conrad Hilton’s first convention properties, The Statler is heralded as a pioneer hotel, bringing many firsts, such as elevator music, to the industry. “Today is a… Read more »

Florida Keys Reopen to Visitors After Hurricane Irma

Florida Keys Reopen to Visitors After Hurricane Irma

The Florida Keys have reopened to visitors, exactly three weeks after Hurricane Irma impacted the island chain Sept. 10. Local officials chose Sunday, Oct. 1, as the official reopening date based on the speedy completion of significant infrastructure repairs, almost total restoration of utilities, and necessity of resuming the tourism-driven economy that employs about 50 percent of the Keys workforce.

2017 Top Music Meccas of the South

“Top Music Meccas of the South” 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 to enjoy music and to hold a meeting or event…. Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Emergency Centers And How You Can Help

As floodwaters continue to rise in Houston, a large rescue operation is underway as many in Texas are in need of assistance. Looking for a way to help, many individuals and organizations have stepped in to manage shelters, distribute food and water and more. In Houston, Mayor Turner has opened the George R. Brown Convention Center as an… Read more »