Wilmington, North Carolina, Recovers From Hurricane Florence

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Almost a month after Hurricane Florence hit the coast of the Carolinas, Wilmington, North Carolina, continues to see positive signs of recovery. “We’re The post Wilmington, North Carolina, Recovers From Hurricane Florence appeared first on Connect Association.

Bathroom Ban to Cost North Carolina $3.76 in Lost Business

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In North Carolina, the economic impact of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act , also known as HB2, continues to mount. But North Carolina’s economy is hardly failing. The move cost North Carolina $250 over the next six years.

North Carolina Repeals HB2—But Not Everyone is Happy

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Today, the North Carolina state Senate and House of Representatives both voted to pass House Bill 142, which repeals House Bill 2 (HB2), commonly known as the bathroom bill. North Carolina was facing mounting pressure to repeal the law.

NCAA Pulls 7 Championships from North Carolina Over HB2

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For months, North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) has been widely criticized by major American corporations , U.S. This week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that it will relocate seven championships from North Carolina for the 2016-17 season.

September 24, 2018: How Amazon Uses Seattle As a Testing Playground, Tribeca TV Festival Gives Final 'Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown' Emotional Goodbye, Rapper's First North Carolina Music Festival Canceled by Hurricane Florence Rescheduled for Spring

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HOW AMAZON USES SEATTLE AS A TESTING PLAYGROUND: Seattle isn't just the city where Amazon is based. The e-commerce

Where to Host Your Next Conference: 8 Best Locations

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Charlotte, North Carolina. Las Vegas, Nevada. Atlanta, Georgia. Burley, Idaho. One of these things is not like the other. When it comes to planning a conference, location is key. After all, would you rather travel to a thriving city or a small town?

Keep Meetings Caffeinated: 3 Coffee-Forward Destinations to Wake Up Your Event

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It will serve attendees in the north entrance of the convention center during all public and private events. Door Delivery in Durham, North Carolina. Photo credit: Visit Indy. Rise and shine, weekenders! This Saturday, Sept.

Progress Report: Global Convention Center Outlook

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Moscone Center plans to achieve LEED Platinum certification and become the most environmentally sustainable convention center in North America. North Carolina. Jacksonville Convention Center.

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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The restaurant can cater events of up to 400 people, and the North Shore Scenic Railroad hired the restaurant to bake miniature pies for its dinner train. North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today!

It’s Fire Season

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In the Charlotte Marriott City Center, Stoke is overseen by Executive Chef Chris Coleman, one of North Carolina’s most respected chefs. Food & Beverage barbecue charlotte cooking donut fire north carolina stoke woodRestaurant kitchens across the land are on fire.

Ride the Rails on 7 Scenic Trains

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Riders pedal their way down the tracks in North Creek, New York, for a six-mile guided tour over the river and through the woods. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Bathroom Bills Are Upending the Meetings Industry Across the U.S.

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Currently, North Carolina is the only state where a so-called Bathroom Bill has become law, but that may not be the case for long. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 12 states now have similar bills pending as of February 17.

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Four States with Anti-LGBT Laws

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Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the NBA, NCAA and ACC have all pulled their tournaments from the state. Several major corporations, including Paypal and Deutsche Bank, have also canceled plans to open or expand offices in North Carolina.

4 Unexpected Southern Locales Adding Hospitality to Meetings

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Greensboro, North Carolina, meanwhile, has big-city amenities with all of the charm of a college town. Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro’s location between Charlotte and Raleigh makes it a convenient choice for planners seeking a central meeting spot in North Carolina. Less familiar Southern locales are enjoying a spur of activity as of late, adding to their appeal for meetings and conferences.

New & Renovated: Early America

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The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, North Carolina To commemorate its 17th anniversary, this stately Charlotte property unveiled a multimillion-dollar makeover, complete with new guest rooms and meeting spaces.

7 Smart Moves at Four Seasons, Visit Music City and More

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Previously, Mazzullo served as director of sales for Island Hospitality in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Sandra Olivia Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida, announces Oliva as director of marketing.

6 Smart Moves for The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and More

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Jeyakaran was general manager of Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Downtown, in North Carolina. Emily Cornelious St. Jane, in Chicago, appointed Emily Cornelious director of sales and marketing.

7 Smart Moves at Loews Hotels, Duke Energy Convention Center and More

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Robert Cox Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau in North Carolina is pleased to welcome Robert Cox, CDME, CSEE as director of sports development.

5 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency, Kimpton and More

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Kimpton Ink48 Hotel Joel Smith Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau in North Carolina welcomes Joel Smith as a sales manager for the corporate, government, social and religious group markets. Smith has experience with the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc.

Texas CVBs Battle Proposed Bathroom Law SB 6

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The bill is similar to House Bill 2, North Carolina’s controversial measure adopted in 2016 that outraged the LGBT community. Amid the backlash in North Carolina, the NBA moved its All-Star Game and the NCAA and ACC relocated college championships; Southern Sociological Society canceled its 2019 meeting in Charlotte; and APTrust’s spring 2016 meeting moved from Raleigh to Baltimore.

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Natural Disasters Create New Challenges for Meetings Industry

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The Carolinas and Florence. And of course, any discussion of natural disasters requires acknowledging the ongoing struggles following Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Built in 1910, South Carolina’s Inn at USC is one such hotel, featuring 117-rooms and 3,000 sq.

3 Alternatives to Travel Ban Wars Planners Need to Know

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The measures launched against states such as North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arizona have brought negative and positive publicity—and mixed results. In March, NCAA made its feelings known to North Carolina legislators who voted to amend the controversial bill.

Bottle Cap Group

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Bottle Cap Group began in Charlotte, North Carolina over 10 years ago as a restaurant management group and has since expanded into the Greenville and Charleston areas of South Carolina. Bottle Cap Group is unique in that they focus on three different areas of the hospitality industry: restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

What Makes a Great Event Manager?

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We wanted to dive deeper into what traits are necessary to make event managing a successful career path, so we sat down with Kim Heiter, events coordinator for Heirloom Hospitality Group, a restaurant group in Asheville, North Carolina. Sure, it can sound fun to manage lavish weddings, lively celebrations, and fun retreats for a living. But not everyone is cut out for the fast-paced world of events.

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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We’ve seen in other states, like North Carolina, when these travel bans go into effect, it does not get any better,” he said. “It

4 Podcasts to Improve Your Creativity

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Host Clarke Allen, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based event designer, generously shares his two decades of industry experience with the world in this web series, touching on topics from meeting and stage setup to unusual teambuilding ideas to creating a “sensorium” for attendees. Tune in to—and turn up—these four podcasts on the reg to change your stream of consciousness. Here, two meetings insiders and two outsiders with some insight. . IN-DUSTRY. GatherGeeks by BizBash.

How to Create a Preferred Vendors List for Your Venue

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We enlisted the expertise of Mollyann Russell, event sales and marketing coordinator at The Stockroom at 230 , a unique, urban venue located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, for some tips and advice. A preferred vendors list can be a challenge to create. You have to find trustworthy vendors to provide the best possible services for your clients, because it could reflect poorly on your business if they don’t.

Business Retreats Double as Family Time in the Southeast

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Its Southeast collection comprises hospitality gems in New Orleans; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina. America’s progressive yet always-on work culture can sometimes make it challenging for professionals to strike a balance between work and play.

7 Smart Moves—at HelmsBriscoe, The Resort at Pelican Hill and More

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She previously worked at other Kimpton properties—Gray Hotel in Chicago, Seafire Hotel & Spa in Grand Cayman and Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. More : 7 Smart Moves—at Hotel Crescent Court and More.

20 Charlotte Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love

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Keep reading to discover the 20 best locations for your next event in North Carolina's Queen City. Charlotte, North Carolina—the Queen City—is one of the South's prized jewels. Camp North End. Source: Camp North End.

Marriott Bets Big on Modular Construction

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Months before AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown was scheduled to open in North Carolina this September, the construction site looked almost untouched. Marriott is betting big on a process known modular construction taking away hassles in hotel builds. Normally, such inactivity would be a concern, to say the least. But work was surely underway—only in Liverpool, Pennsylvania, more than 400 miles from Chapel Hill. By May, the hotel began to take shape.

Busy Times for ASAE

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” Regarding widespread protest of restrictive human rights legislation in North Carolina, Graham said, “We probably would not hold a meeting in North Carolina.” Photo from @asaeannual.

Most Fun Cities in the U.S.? Read On!

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Least: Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fun is risky business. That’s because what floats your boat may sink someone else’s. Nonetheless, the uber-quants at WalletHub have taken a stab at crunching the “fun” numbers—by comparing the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics.

Tough Calls

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So if a planner] liked North Carolina in 2015, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t like it today.

10 Reasons to Choose Virginia’s Blue Ridge for Your Next Meeting

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Charlotte, North Carolina; Philadelphia; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Marriott Pioneers Building Blocks to Fast Growth

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Four more modular hotels are under way—Courtyard Pullman in Washington, AC Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, AC Louisville in Kentucky and AC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Marriott Development ’s secret for scaling hotel development fast? Preassembled modular construction at a grand scale.

Executive Dishes about Marriott at IMEX America

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Marriott has purchased Charlotte Marriott City Center in North Carolina as a laboratory for the “Marriott hotel of the future,” where new concepts will be tested.

Event Diversity: 6 Ways to Make Your Events More Inclusive

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as a prefix that is gender ‘inclusive,’” cautions Dr. Michelle Robison of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “primarily reminds us of the centrality of ‘being known’ in terms of taxonomies related to gender, sexuality and so on.”

Lessons From the Inaugural International UAV Show

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The Toronto UAV show targeted the drone industry and government sector, attracting 25 exhibitors (including Canada-based Avidrone Aerospace , Switzerland-based senseFly and PrecisionHawk of Raleigh, North Carolina) and 600 attendees. As Adam Sax, president and CEO of The Sky Guys , which co-hosted International UAV Show in Toronto in December 2016, says, “Sometimes you have to jump in head first.”

This Florida City Just Set a Guinness World Record for Gratitude

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Largest gathering of Elvis impersonators went to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina in 2014 after they gathered 895 versions of The King. “Thanks a lot.”

Asheville Emerges as a Cosmopolitan City

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Over the past decade, it has also emerged as one of North Carolina’s most cosmopolitan cities. Asheville is known for arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and equally adventuresome people.

‘A Model of Collaboration’: Forging Deeper Connections With Destination Marketing Organizations

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BEYOND SPACE AND RATES In April 2017, Dude Solutions brought its professional-development conference, Dude University, to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the first time. For example, North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, Ph.D.,

Elizabeth Goad Never Stops Learning

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Marketing and graphic design for Accent Imaging, a printer and copier company in North Carolina. When I relocated to South Carolina, I fell back on my marketing and design skills and took a job working for Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates.