2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

The results are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. 

After more than 6,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 300 meeting sites and destinations in the South.

Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions

In addition to the winners listed above, we received a number of write-in recommendations for this year’s ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Awards.

While we receive write-in votes every year, the properties listed below received multiple write-in votes, which qualified them for our Honorable Mention …

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.

October Small Market of the Month: Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge is America’s Premier Wilderness Resort and is filled with beautiful accommodations, over 20,000 square feet of meeting space and unbelievable team building activities. Named the #1 Resort in the Midwest for two consecutive years by Travel and Leisure Magazine, this world-class resort offers …

Planner Profile: Samantha Vogel, CMP

Q&A with Samantha Vogel, CMP
Manager, Meetings and Travel, GameStop

While teaching 11th grade English, Samantha Vogel came to the realization that the type of work she most loved was to design and create unique experiences. Ultimately, this realization led to a career in the meetings and events …

Crazy Costumes, Interactive Exhibits & Games, Oh My!

 

By Adrianne Bowen

With the soaring popularity of comic cons and other fun role-playing events, costumes and interactive adventures are becoming a major part of today’s trade shows. And it’s not just anime extravaganzas getting in on the fun.

Dazzling Mardi Gras costumes have …

How Southern Expos Are Becoming Trendy & Fun

By Adrianne Bowen

The digital age has touched every business, including the large-events market. But that’s not the only thing that has transformed the trade show experience and what attendees can expect. Even though the most important factor is always going to be showcasing the services and products …

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 …

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