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Chattanooga Choo Choo Transformation Continues

Chattanooga Choo Choo Transformation Continues

The $8 million Chattanooga Choo Choo complex renovations are now in phase two. Renovations to the historic site and building include two new restaurants and additional performance venues. Building 1 is being updated, including new furniture and soft goods in the rooms, lobby and meeting space renovations, and resurfacing of the indoor pool area. Building… Read more »

Exhibition Industry Sees Highest Quarterly Increase In Eight Years

Exhibition Industry Sees Highest Quarterly  Increase In Eight Years

Based on strong performances in both the first and second quarters of 2015, the business-to-business exhibition industry is having a very good year, according to a report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). During the second quarter of 2015, the industry posted a year-over-year gain of 3.8 percent, which is the second-highest rate… Read more »

If You’re Not Meeting Here, Meet Nashville & Tennessee

If You’re Not Meeting Here, Meet Nashville & Tennessee

Songwriters have been inspired for generations by this breathtaking destination, which is truly one of the top music meccas of the United States. Long-standing legendary music venues, such as the Grand Ole Opry, and historic homes of legendary artists, such as Elvis Presley’s Graceland, are just some of the must-see stops in Tennessee.   From… Read more »

Meeting Site Selection Guide To Georgia Venues

Meeting Site Selection Guide To Georgia Venues

When Georgia’s On Your Mind — or to learn why it should be — our 2015-2016 Site Selection Sourcebook has you covered. Here’s a preview: From the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia to the bustling culture of downtown Atlanta to Middle Georgia’s scenic Lake Country all the way down to the beautiful Golden… Read more »

Texas Meeting Planning Guide, 2015-2016

Texas Meeting Planning Guide, 2015-2016

Go Big At Your Next Meeting. Go Texas. Texas offers a choice of exciting meeting locations as big as the state itself. With several diverse geographical regions, groups can explore the Old West in Big Bend Country, relax in the beauty of Hill Country and have fun in the sun on the Gulf Coast. San… Read more »

It’s Winter-Spring Meeting Planning Season (Hint: Florida)

It’s Winter-Spring Meeting Planning Season (Hint: Florida)

With the approach of the Fall season, it’s time for final planning of those Winter and Spring meetings and conferences. Which means a look at all those popular event venues of the Sunshine State. Florida Teeming with natural beauty and outdoor adventure, Florida has almost 1,200 miles of coastline from Pensacola to the Florida Keys,… Read more »

FCC Fines Company for Blocked Convention Center WiFi

FCC Fines Company for Blocked Convention Center WiFi

  WASHINGTON D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States. Smart City, an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels, had been blocking personal mobile “hotspots” that were being used by… Read more »

Gwinnett Center Reaches Naming Rights Deal with Infinite Energy

Gwinnett Center Reaches Naming Rights Deal with Infinite Energy

Submitted by: Laura Craft / Ashley Biondich, The Reynolds Group, Inc. Premier event and destination center to be officially renamed Infinite Energy Center DULUTH, Ga. – (Aug. 14, 2015) – Infinite Energy secured the naming rights to Gwinnett Center today after a vote by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Under the contract, Infinite… Read more »

Ashley Jones joins Visit KC as V.P. of Partnership & Events

Ashley Jones joins Visit KC as V.P. of Partnership & Events

Kansas City, Mo.—Visit KC, Kansas City’s hospitality and tourism organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley Jones to its management team. Jones assumes the role of Vice President of Partnerships & Events, bringing with her 14 years of experience in destination management and community development organizations.   “Ashley Jones is a proven leader… Read more »