MAY 2017

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M A Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ 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 Personalized Service The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Alabama was the venue of choice for the Delta Sigma Theta 2017 State Cluster, held March 24 – 26. Utiliz- ing both the ballrooms and the convention cen- ter space for the event, the sorority chose the hotel for its central location but also because of the personalized service and attention to bud- get the hotel provided. Perry Grice, director of sales and marketing, said, "Delta Sigma Theta loved the hotel's downtown location where they could walk to area attractions, restaurants and other sites. The group also liked our cen- tral location within Alabama making it easy for their attendees to travel for the meeting. Having an event manager on site with them throughout their event and someone to con- tact if they had any questions was key for this group. Being able to work with their budget was essential." SMERF event planners are looking to the expertise of venue staff for pulling off a phe- nomenal event, "making the client feel com- fortable and secure about the outcome of their event by having one liaison who will plan the logistics and ensure the event runs smoothly," said Grice. "Meeting planners request to have an event planner on site the whole time their event is being held at the property and having an on-site hotel or conference center audio-vi- sual and business technology team. All groups — including those with little or advanced plan- ning experience — are reassured knowing an audio-visual technician will be on site [in the event of] a malfunction or to answer general questions." Staying Within Budget Budget is a common concern for SMERF events, and destination officials in McHenry, ► Greensboro, NC has always been a top destination for SMERF events, and it's easy to see why, with all of the city's fun attractions. Exciting group activities are a must for reunions, weddings and more. In fact, Ava Pope, director of sales for the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that the top items SMERF planners want are " a list of attractions, restaurants, and things to do and see" in Greensboro. And the destination definitely delivers with ad- ventures such as tree top excursions at the Greens- boro Science Museum. At SKYWILD, groups get to experience life like the animals as they swing through the trees, choosing between a variety of courses. Additionally, meeting participants can immerse themselves in Penguin Encounters, Adventure Theater Shows and Aquarium Adventures. n Greensboro, NC Offers A Swinging Good Time for SMERF Events Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel Photos courtesy of Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel Greensboro Science Center

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