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2017 Top New or Renovated Awards Announced

The editor’s picks are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Top New or Renovated Awards for 2017. After hundreds of nominations and an editorial review, this is our elite list of the top 55 new or renovated meeting sites and destinations in the South. Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2016 December Annual Awards Issue.

2016 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions

This year the voting and participation for Readers’ Choice Awards was so high that we received a large number of write-in nominations. While we receive write-in votes every year, the properties listed below received multiple write-in votes, which qualified them for our Honorable Mention recognition.

DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts New 30-Acre Resort in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. September 15, 2016 – After major renovations and an expansion, Hilton (NYSE: HLT) completed the 30-acre DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront the 12-month, multimillion dollar transformation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Formerly known as the Springmaid Beach Resort, the seaside hotel now boasts a 20,000 square-foot main building, ocean view restaurant and lounge, “grab… Read more »

Transforming Louisville and the Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE KY, Aug. 16, 2016: The Kentucky State Fair Board and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the closure of the Kentucky International Convention Center for $207 million dollar renovations. The renovations and expansion will include the exhibit hall, ballroom and hotel rooms. According to the Louisville CVB, “studies show that with the additional… Read more »

Approval Granted for New Hotel & Convention Center in Arkansas

Approval Granted for New Hotel & Convention Center in Arkansas

Jonesboro, Ark. (KAIT) – Earlier this month, Hilton Worldwide approved Jonesboro Hotel Partners and O’Reilly Hospitality Management’s request to build a new 202-room hotel and 40,000-square-foot convention center on the Arkansas State University (ASU) campus in Jonesboro, Ark. This project has been in the works for many months since the agreement of university officials in March, but Jonesboro Hotel… Read more »

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions to Open New Property in Round Rock, Texas

Wisconsin Dells, Wis—Kalahari Resorts and Conventions announced on June 15, 2016 that it will open its first property in the Southwest in Round Rock, Texas, a city with a population of 105,000 and located 15 miles north of Austin, Texas. This new location will be similar to existing Kalahari resorts with an authentic African theme, up to 1,000… Read more »

Sea Trail Golf Resort Plans A $1.3 Million Renovation This Summer

By Alan Blondin, Myrtle Beach Sun News, Sunset Beach, N.C., May 23, 2016 —The three-course Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C., will be undergoing an estimated $1.3 million in renovations this summer, highlighted by the installation of new greens on its Jones Course and renovation of its Magnolias Restaurant. More renovations are planned… Read more »

A New Way to Celebrate Spring in The Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, TN – May 2016, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has a new way to celebrate spring. It’s a five-day event saluting the national park, Mother Nature and the culture of the southern Appalachians. Wilderness Wildlife Week from May 18-22 is a new springtime event after 25 years as part of Pigeon Forge… Read more »

Georgetown’s New Place to Meet

Georgetown, Texas – On April 21, The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center began accepting reservations as part of an announcement that the new property is set to open July 28, 2016. Featuring 222 guest rooms and suites, along with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, the venue will offer a range of layouts and… Read more »

Callaway Gardens Acquires The Lodge and Spa

Callaway Gardens®, April 14, 2016: In mid April, Callaway Gardens acquired ownership of The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens and announced that the planning stages of a 10-month renovation of all guest rooms, meeting space, public areas and spa will begin immediately. “This is a historic moment for Callaway Gardens,” said William “Bill” R. Doyle… Read more »