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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 …

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 …

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 …

How Event Planners Can Harness ‘The Power Of Who’

Bob Beaudine, author of “The Power Of Who,” asserts an intriguing take on relationships: “You already know everyone you need to know.” As president and CEO of the executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine, he has placed people in some of the top jobs in the country; they now run major league …

Spiritually Minded Meetings: A Foundation Built On Trust

By Adrianne Bowen

Faith-based and youth groups flock to spiritual minded events and destinations

Campus Outreach Ministries is one youth-based organization that knows the allure of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has held its Annual Regional New Year’s Conference there for years, from 2001–2006 and then again in 2014 and 2015. “Our …

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 …

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 …

COVER STORY: How Golf & Recreation Build Relationships

By Selena Chavis

Meeting planners have long recognized the value of adding recreation and team-building components to meetings, conventions and social events. Getting out of the humdrum of daily business activity is often one of the most powerful tools for building relationships, both with internal staff and external clients.

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 …

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 …

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