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SEP 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact COVER STORY: What It Means For The South To Successfully Run Huge Conventions In Tampa & Charlotte By T. Wayne Waters & Marlane Bundock "There's no hospitality quite like Southern hospitality!" said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while on the conven- tion stage for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) held in early September in Charlotte, N.C. Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" also noted Southern hospi- tality during the DNC, saying, "You're the nicest people. It's really kind of annoying." Days earlier, Tampa, Fla., hosted the Republican National Convention (RNC). "We feel like we aced the test," said Eric Blanc, CMP, director of sales and marketing for the Tampa Convention Center (TCC), hours after the RNC vacated the facility ➤ " "We proved to the world that our destination can not only host one of the largest, most high-profile events in the world, but do it successfully where participants were secure and happy—all while dealing with bad weather. —Eric Blanc, CMP, Tampa Convention Center www.con v entionsouth.com SEPTEMBER 2012 ConventionSouth 11 "

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