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Benchmark Hospitality Names New Director of Development

The Woodlands (HOUSTON, TX)— Benchmark Hospitality International recently named Emily Smith as its new Director of Development. She will operate out of Benchmark’s regional offices in Washington, D.C., according to Jared Evans, vice president of business development and strategy at Benchmark. “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Emily to Benchmark Hospitality International,” Evans said. “Not only does she… Read more »

Uber Testing New Prepaid Service For Event Planners

By Mitra Sorrells,, November 3, 2015 NEW YORK — Uber is testing a new service in New York targeted to event planners. UberEvents allows hosts to buy guest passes that can be shared with attendees. Hosts can set a maximum value for each ride and the number of rides allowed per pass. Uber says… Read more »

Southern Charm: Historic Hotel Awards For Don CeSar, Peabody, Green Park Inn

Historic Hotels of America 2015 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced (via National Trust For Historic Preservation) Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence winners for 2015 were announced at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana in October. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200… Read more »

Three Ways To Make Recreation Work For Your Event

Making Recreation Work For Your Event: Recreation, particularly of the outdoors variety, continues as a growing trend for team building and peer bonding at meetings and conferences. Recreation can offer an advantageous backdrop to meetings and events, but it must be approached strategically. From golf to kayak excursions to zip line adventures to guided nature hikes,… Read more »

Nashville Leads In International Popularity

NASHVILLE, TN—Nashville’s popularity with international visitors as a tourism destination is gaining ground faster than anywhere in the U.S. According to TripAdvisor study results announced in late October, Nashville gained the greatest popularity of all U.S. cities over the past year, in terms of attracting international travelers. The evaluation of major U.S. tourism cities found… Read more »

Greater Miami CVB Announces Destination Growth Plans

In late October, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled details for the new Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), which is being reimagined as a state-of-the-art LEED certified facility with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 60,000-square-foot mixed use ballroom and 81 new break-out rooms spanning 190,000 square feet. The $615… Read more »

Major Renovations, Openings Slated In 2016-2017

A major 30-million dollar renovation and expansion is on target for 2016 in Panama City Beach (FL) and a brand new 300-room Omni Hotel and conference center in Frisco, TX is on target to open in 2017. Here’s details on those ongoing projects . . . PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL—Bay Point Golf Resort & Spa… Read more »

KC Celebrates Series Win Along With Record Tourism Year

KANSAS CITY, MO.—As Kansas City celebrates the Royals’ 2015 World Series Championship over the New York Mets, tourism industry data reveal record overall visitor rates and expenditures in the region for last year. Research findings issued by Tourism Economics and Longwoods International found that the Kansas City region welcomed a record 24 million visitors in… Read more »

Life In The Talty Lane: Guest Rooms Of The Future

Anticipating The Guest Rooms Of The Future: The good news is that we’re in the meetings business and we get to travel. The bad news is that we’re in the meetings business and we have to travel. Some of us travel a little, some a lot. Regardless, we all end up staying in hotels that were… Read more »

Top New & Renovated Awards For 2016 Announced

The Results are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Top New or Renovated Awards for 2016. After more than 5,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 50 new or renovated meeting sites and destinations in the South. Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2015 December… Read more »