Meeting Destinations as Seen on The Bachelorette

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Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Bachelorette cast packed their bags for the fourth episode of the season and headed to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Top 5 Friendliest Cities in the World

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Charleston, South Carolina. Destinations International auckland cities dublin eco-friendly friendly ireland krakow list major new zealand nice poland poll social south carolina spots survey tokyo Tourism TravelPolls don’t lie, right? These cities are among the top-rated in most “world’s friendliest cities” articles. Maybe one of these fine locales can be the next place you plan your event, or visit on a personal trip.

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Best of 5: Top Tennis Resorts

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina Photo Credit: Kiawah Island Golf Resort Hoisting the trophy as the best tennis resort in the world is Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Game, set, meet! Feeling inspired by the U.S. Open to unbury your racquet in the garage and hit the court?

10 Friendliest Cities for Your Next Meeting

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1 was Charleston, South Carolina, which was just featured in the July issue of Smart Meetings magazine as part of our feature story on Emerging Meeting Cities. Charleston, South Carolina. Asheville, North Carolina.

Meeting Destinations as Seen on The Bachelorette

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Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Bachelorette cast packed their bags for the fourth episode of the season and headed to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

8 March Madness-Inspired Meeting Destinations

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Greenville, South Carolina. Earlier this month, the facility hosted the 2017 SEC Women’s Basketball tournament, won by the women of the University of South Carolina. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first-round play tips off Thursday , March 16.

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina. As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners.

Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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Wentworth Mansion , Charleston, South Carolina. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. There’s definitely a meetings and events correlation among the top 10 historic hotels in the 2016 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

5 Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Photo credit: Red Cross South Carolina . The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is hitting close to home for many of our industry friends in Texas, particularly in and around Houston. Unfortunately the flooding is expected to continue through this week. Here are a few ways to get involved and help victims through financial contributions or donating your time. Red Cross. Donate any amount of money to help with the Texas Gulf Coast disaster response through the Red Cross website.

Got Class? Group Learning Through Team Building

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School isn’t just for kids. More and more properties are providing groups with learning opportunities that also incorporate team building.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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South America. South Africa. South Carolina. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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And the Award Goes to … the 2017 It List for New Hotels

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Location: Charleston, South Carolina. Location: Bluffton, South Carolina. Another Southern belle, but this one is conveniently located between Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Of course, the Grand Canyon South Rim made the list, ranking at No.6. Grand Canyon South Rim – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Middleton Place – Charleston, South Carolina. Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina.

2016 Industry Leaders: Patricia Byrd

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This includes serving as the first chair of the tourism committee for the Cherokee County (South Carolina) Chamber, serving on the board for Upstate South Carolina USA (promoting the Upstate to the U.K. Patricia Byrd. Sales Manager, Spartanburg CVB. Spartanburg, S.C.

Airlines & Airports Say Yes Way to Rosé and Other Perks

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Taking into consideration those families traveling with autistic children, the South Carolina city made a progressive move in April 2016 by cutting the ribbon on a quiet room. Travelers are often a bit antsy to reach their destination.

Collaborating for a Cause: 6 Hotels That Give Back

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In June, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa donated 3,319 pounds of frozen food to Lowcountry Food Bank, a local food bank that serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. Sheraton Kuaui Resort.

National Parks: A Natural Choice for Meetings

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A short distance south of Miami, a group of undeveloped islands offers a Florida Keys experience devoid of souvenir shops and tourist trappings. Located 20 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park chronicles the history and culture of the surrounding region.

Best Beaches Roundup

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , came in first, with 62 votes. “The Carolinas made an impressive showing with Myrtle Beach coming in first, and Outer Banks [North Carolina] making the extended list.”

Best in Show: Class of 2017

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Director of Audio Visuals, J&S Audio Visual, Charleston, South Carolina. . When it came time for Sally DeBolt, CMP, to name a name, she did — but she couldn’t leave it at that.

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Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

How Planners Maximize the Benefits of Telecommuting

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Based in South Carolina with three young children, she lives many time zones away from the company’s offices in Geneva, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv.

Top 15 Hotel Brands Win Popular Vote

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One&Only Resorts offers one-of-a-kind event spaces in the Bahamas; Los Cabos, Mexico; Maldives; Mauritius; Dubai; Cape Town, South Africa; and the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California. The people have spoken.

Kingston Resorts: A Top U.S. Beach Destination and a Top On-Site Staff

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Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach and Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort were the first hotels in Myrtle Beach to receive green certifications by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance.

2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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Perched on 102 tranquil acres above a secluded beach cove south of Los Angeles, this Mediterranean-style, luxury eco-resort has views to Catalina Island and has starred in Hollywood films and TV shows. Best Airport Hotel. Best Attraction/Theme Park. Best Ballroom Hotel. Best Beach Hotel.

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Interviews with Planners - Tracy Bardugon

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Tracy Bardugon, a graduate from Georgia Southern University, started her catering sales and hotel management career in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Hotel News You Need: Spring 2017

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Hotel Bennett will add a touch of luxury to downtown Charleston, South Carolina, when it opens in late summer. With spring 2017 upon us, the latest set of hotel builds, restorations and renovations emerge. Take a look at what’s new and notable for meeting planners. Albany, New York, got a new convention center when Albany Capital Center opened its doors this year.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Fits Your Needs

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In Columbia, SC, you’ll find South Carolina’s only downtown convention center–a 142,500 sq.-ft. facility in the middle of an exciting urban scene that includes open-air cafes, deluxe accommodations, live music and exciting sports venues.

5 Smart Moves at Meet Puerto Rico, MPI, Montage & More

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Will Jones Montage International named Will Jones hotel manager of Montage Palmetto Bluff, where he’ll oversee rooms, food and beverage and the spa at the Bluffton, South Carolina resort.

2017 CVB Selfie Contest: South

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Visit Greenville Vice President of Sales David Montgomery welcomes you to Falls Park on the Reedy, a ridiculously picturesque 32-acre park nestled right in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville, South Carolina—yeah, THAT Greenville.

Kingston Resorts: A Top U.S. Beach Destination and A Top On-Site Staff

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Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach and Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort were the first hotels in Myrtle Beach to receive green certifications by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance.

Data, STAT!

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We have everyone pretty much from the bedside to the boardroom,” said ANIA President Daniel Gracie, DNP, RN-BC, Epic inpatient meaningful use implementation and testing coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina. “We Illustration by Carmen Segovia.

New List Names Top 50 Hotels in the United States

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Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, South Carolina. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. When choosing a hotel, the volume of available properties and online accommodations reviews can make it hard to focus. Luckily, U.S.

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.

Why Phoenix Is the New Hip Place to Host a Meeting

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Roy Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, offered us a casual greeting on our way to a table, and Steve Alford, head coach of the UCLA Bruins, stopped for a photo with one of the writers in our group.