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JUN 2013

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A look back at this totally rad decade & what it meant for meetings in the South It was the 1980s—a decade that saw great social, political, economic and technological change. It was also a time when the travel industry was rapidly growing as the deregulation of the U.S. airline industry in 1978 dropped airfare by 40 percent and hotel corporations were rapidly expanding. And face-to-face meetings were blossoming in the '80s. Former President Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) and his wife Nancy were known for their high-profile events that displayed the rising affluence of American society to a world audience. Likewise, as Americans experienced a major eco- 1980 Mississippi received the national spotlight on Aug. 3, when Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Neshoba County Fair just after becoming the Republican nominee for U.S. President. 1981 Many of us were still using typewriters but that would soon change as the first IBM personal computer was launched in 1981. 1982 ConventionSouth debuted its premiere issue, becoming the most tubular resource for national meeting planners who book destinations and facilities in the South. 10 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ JUNE 2013 nomic boom, they rediscovered indulgences such as red meat, cigars and super-premium spirits. Women were joining their male counterparts at climbing the corporate ladder and doing so while dressed in the power suit. This conservatively tailored, big-shouldered suit projected a sense of self-confidence and authority, and was the norm for anyone who wanted to be taken seriously in the business world. Technology was being revolutionized as personal computers, cell phones and, in the late 80s, the commercialized Internet all emerged to unequivocally change the way we conduct business. As ConventionSouth celebrates the start of its 30th volume of the magazine, which first went to print in 1982, we look back at the 80s and major milestones within the hospitality industry in the South and the meetings industry. ■ Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., opened EPCOT Center. Hotels in the Southʼs major cities saw a boom with developments such as the opening of the 35-story InterContinental Miami as well as the International Tower, the third expansion project of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 1983 Research By Kerri O'Connor & Marlane Bundock Opryland Hotel (now the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center) completed its first major expansion, bringing the total guest rooms to 1,067 and adding a 30,000 sq. ft. ballroom. Remember the big cellphones? Motorola created the first mobile phone offered commercially in 1983. However, you likely didnʼt own one because it was priced at $3,995. New hotel brands were emerging. The first Crowne Plaza opened in Rockville, Md., as a Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza and the first Courtyard by Marriott opened in Atlanta. Fontainebleau Miami Beach was featured in the 1983 film "Scarface." 1984 The CD-ROM was invented and the first Apple Macintosh computer became available.

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