Tag: Meetings

Sip, Shop, Savor: It’s a thing in Plano, Texas

by D. Fran Morley I was intrigued by the invitation to visit Plano, Texas on a recent press trip. I was curious about the city, located just north of the Dallas metroplex (and about 20 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport). I’d been reading good things about Plano and its explosive growth over the past decade… Read more »

Variety and Beauty of Beaches and Bays in South Walton, Florida

It’s easy to use the cliché “string of pearls” when describing the 16 communities and neighborhoods that dot the beach and back bays of South Walton County, Florida. But reflecting on the days I recently spent there as part of a press trip hosted by Visit South Walton, I think it’s more apt to think… Read more »

Hotel Crescent Court Renovation Exceeds Expectations

In late March, ConventionSouth Contributing Editor Shannon Rasmussen visited the newly renovated Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Read about her experience below. During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to view the results of The Hotel Crescent Court’s $33 million renovation as it neared its April completion. Throughout the weekend was there, the Crescent… Read more »

Amara Cay Is Back In Business

The first meeting resort property to reopen on Islamorada following Hurricane Irma’s visit last September, Amara Cay has been up and running since Dec. 15 and offers a gorgeous spot for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel. A private beach, event lawn, meeting room and various other areas are used for functions. General… Read more »

Using Music to Energize Corporate Presentations

Executives, by and large, expect your presentation to be boring. It’s why they ask for the exec summaries up front––so if they have to zone off, they’re still covered. So how do you signal to them, right away, that yours is different? One of the easiest ways is also stunningly effective: play music. Whenever I… Read more »

Southern Destinations Dial Up Their F&B Experiences

According to a survey released in late April 2017 by AAA, an estimated 22 million Americans expect to take a culinary-focused vacation in the next 12 months. Survey results showed that 75 percent of Americans feel that food and dining are an important part of their travel experiences and four in five say they have… Read more »

10 Tips for Managing Your Time

Written By Contributing Editor Sherri Middleton Time seems to fly when you are having fun and it apparently flies faster when you are on a tight deadline. It’s that way for me anyway, so I thought I’d spend a few of my precious minutes to jot down some of the best time management advice I’ve… Read more »

Life In The Talty Lane: Golf Builds Business Relationships

Opinions, quotes and other pointless commentary from our publisher, Talty O’Connor Golf is not exactly a new sports phenomenon. People have been playing stick and ball games since before Julius Caesar invaded Britain. He was probably shunned by the British Open selection committee. Golf, as we know it, was “officially” created in Scotland in the… Read more »

A Changing Landscape: Meetings Industry Building Boom Continues

A meetings-industry construction boom is taking place all over the South. Here’s an overview of what’s happening where and when . . . On Target For 2016 ALABAMA Huntsville: As part of a $70 million downtown redevelopment on the site of a former Holiday Inn, the Centre at Big Spring will include a new 150-room… Read more »

A Welcome Evolution In Meeting Space Design

A Welcome Evolution In Meeting Space Design by Marcia Bradford Years ago, as a conference attendee, I often felt frustrated that I was visiting a beautiful resort area or interesting city, yet ended up spending most of my time in a windowless meeting room. There were many times when I headed home disappointed that I… Read more »