ConventionSouth

APR 2015

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A P R I L 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 15 Book Your Meeting Today 800-551-8682 ext. 109 meetings@sbctb.org Shreveport-Bossier.org/meetings Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana Meet in • 8 large meeting venues including the 350,000-square-foot Shreveport Convention Center • More than 10,000 hotel rooms • 3 dozen attractions, 7 casinos, 50 festivals, 160 local restaurants Meeting Amenities Include: A s k a b ou t ou r R e w a r d s P r o g r a m ating setting. Unique locations are what really make the experiences special and natural light goes a long way." Paddle Board excursions to Red Bar for lunch, via Western Lake, are among her favorite meeting team building activities. The Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) uses "treasure hunts" of a sort to engage meeting attendees visiting the Georgia burg located south of Atlanta, according to Jen- nifer Nirenberg, sports and group sales coordina- tor. The Peachtree City CVB has created an official GeoTour of the town, with challenges that can be arranged for a corporate team to use GPS to find up to 19 caches throughout city. Peachtree City was named a finalist by Rand McNally a couple of years ago in its "Best Small Town in America for Geocaching" listing. Peachtree City also has the Golf-Cart Scav- enger Hunt, which is a great team building exer- cise, according to Nirenberg. "Participants are divided up into groups of three to four, given a golf cart map of the city, and a list of 30 items to find in an hour or less," explained Nirenberg. "Partic- ipants are graded on their time, num- ber of items they found, and creativ- ity, too!" The Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa's off-property events include a dolphin cruise, gulf deep water fishing and an eco tour. Pontheolla Mack Abernathy recognizes the value of getting meeting attendees into the wel- coming arms of Mother Nature. The Clevedale Historic Inn & Gardens owner noted that "Greenhouses are for growing plants, but Clevedale uses its greenhouse covered with creeping fig as a creative venue for board meet- ings, annual meetings and retreats." The Spartan- burg, S. C., property has four acres of lush gardens with Roman baths, and Abernathy has added massage and facial services and yoga, ‰ C O R P O R A T E M E E T I N G S Clevedale Historic Inn Gardens Get Inspired! Lush gardens make great corporate retreat settings.

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