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July 2015 Issue

Cover: How small markets make you feel important

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Features

    Increase your event’s R.O.E. (Return On Experience)

    Meeting Experiences

    Creating an engaging “experience” by participants has become a major goal — and challenge — for organizations and meeting planners seeking creative, breakthrough team building and knowledge retention. More and more meetings and conferences will be seeking more and more creative means to deliver these captivating and memorable experiences. Golf and deep sea fishing have… Read more »

    Going Green: Making Meetings More Eco-Friendly

    Eco-Adventures

    From local farm to table cuisine and edible table decor, to cutting paper use and waste, “Going Green” will be a growing trend in meeting and conference planning into the future. The South’s agricultural roots and respect for the environment have long made the region a haven for “green meetings.” ConventionSouth Magazine’s digital guide offers… Read more »

    Sonesta Gwinnett Place and Benchmarc360 team up for creative team building experiences

    Sonesta Gwinnett Place

    DULUTH, GA – Beginning in July 2015, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta has partnered with Benchmarc360, Inc., a leader in energizing and memorable team building experiences. The new partnership represents a fresh take on interactive team building ideas for Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta’s groups and meetings, and will further increase the business and leisure guests’ overall… Read more »

Making Headlines

    FCC Fines Company for Blocked Convention Center WiFi

    Blocked WiFi access at convention centers leads to FCC action

      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

    Infinite Energy Center, Gwinnett Center, Gwinnett Georgia, Georgia Meeting Space, Georgia Conventions

    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 »

    New Marriott Hotel & Conference Center will enhance robust U of MD convention venue

    Marriott College Park Hotel & Conference Center to open in 2017 at University of Maryland

    By Joe Criscuoli, UM Conferences & Visitor Services Dept. You may already know that the University of Maryland College Park is a robust conference/convention/event venue, and here are a few of the reasons why: In 2017 The Hotel at the University of Maryland will open its doors.  This four star facility will feature 297 rooms, a… Read more »

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