MAY 2016

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M A Y 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 15 SMERF MEETINGS W estern Maryland is the perfect four season destination for your group's meeting and getaway. Let us help connect you with area experts to create a customized experience for your group including lodging, meeting space, dining, activities and more! • 301-387-5238 Discover The Deep Creek Lake Area in Western Maryland VA PA Why choose us for your next SMERF trip? • Convenient hub location within 3 hours from the Baltimore/ Washington D.C. region and 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh • Over 4,000 Lodging Bedrooms • 40+ Restaurants, Cofee Shops, Bars and Catering Options • Year-Round Activities and Attractions • 7 State Parks Contact us to Begin Planning Today! Jefferson Parish in Louisiana attracts SMERF groups due to "our location, ease of travel – whether it be by car or air – close proximity to New Orleans, plenty of outdoor attractions for all ages and museums," said Tricia Cook, sales manager for the Jefferson CVB, Inc. Attendees can experience the Ger- man-American Cultural Center in Gretna or even travel the short distance to New Orleans to visit the Louisiana Children's Museum for families and educational groups with children or The National World War II Museum for military groups, just to name a few. In Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory, Kentucky Science Center, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Mega Caverns and Ken- tucky Kingdom are just a few of the attractions that draw SMERF attendees to the city. Another destination that hosts a number of SMERF events is Branson, Mo., a city ► The Golden Isles of Georgia have long been known as a SMERF retreat with plenty of outdoor choices to appeal to everyone in the group. "The Golden Isles offer a multitude of activities to fill your day with either adventure or relaxation. If you're looking to get your heart pumping, take to the beach with a paddleboard lesson or a day of charter fishing. If you're in search of serenity, join a kayak tour through the peaceful marshes of Glynn, saddle up for a guided horseback ride or enjoy a quiet bike ride around one of the islands," said Scott McQuade, president of the Golden Isles CVB. Golden Isles CVB Golden Isles Offer Adventure & Relaxation

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