2019 Top Hot Spots for Winter Events

GULF SHORES, Ala. (May 13, 2019) – After a review of our entire 16-state coverage area, our editorial team selected an elite group of ten hot spot cities for winter events.  We then asked our readers to vote for the hottest meeting sites within these hot spots, determining the “Hottest of the Hot.”  Please see winners below.  The July 2019 Issue of ConventionSouth will showcase the sites listed below with an editorial spotlight:


  1. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  2. Birmingham Marriott
  3. Hilton at UAB
  4. Westin Birmingham


  1. Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  2. Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
  3. Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
  4. W Fort Lauderdale


  1. Eden Roc Miami Beach
  2. The Gates South Beach
  3. Hyatt Regency Miami at Miami Convention Center
  4. Kimpton Angler’s Hotel
  5. Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel
  6. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach


Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Orange County Convention Center
Villas of Grand Cypress


  1. Bourbon Orleans Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection
  2. Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
  3. Jung Hotel
  4. Royal Sonesta New Orleans
  5. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel


  1. Branson Convention Center
  2. Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa
  3. Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
  4. Thousand Hills Golf Resort


  1. Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Airport
    Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
    Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
    The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis


Big Cypress Lodge
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis East
Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Moxy Memphis Downtown
The Peabody Memphis


  1. The Houstonian Hotel
  2. Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
  3. Royal Sonesta Houston
  4. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
  5. The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center


  1. Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
  2. Isla Grand Beach Resort
  3. Pearl South Padre
  4. South Padre Island Convention Centre

“It is with great honor that we recognize the 2019 ‘Hottest of the Hot’ as their Southern locations and seasonably warmer climates make these destinations a cold weather reprieve for groups from across the country,” said ConventionSouth Senior Editor, Marcia Bradford. “The late Fall, Winter and early Spring months are often the most popular time to hold a meeting, event or convention—especially due to the lower rates that can be found during this non-peak season. Therefore, Southern destinations like these are a top choice for meeting planners who need to boost attendance and participation rates by attracting those who seek warmer weather. Meeting planners can also feel confident that these destinations come recommended and have year-round attractions and festivals, ample meeting sites and outdoor recreational opportunities during the winter.

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