NOV 2015

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N O V E M B E R 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 7 Georgia Rita Lowery Named Director of Sales ATHENS—The Athens Conven- tion & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has selected Rita Lowery to be Director of Sales. Lowery has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality-tourism industry, from holding key sales positions at major hotels in Atlanta and Macon to working at Cobb Travel & Tourism (CVB) for more than 13 years. While at the Cobb CVB, she headed the Cobb Sports Council. "We feel privileged to have Rita joining our CVB and heading up its sales division," said Athens CVB Director Chuck Jones. "Rita will oversee all sales initiatives and be responsible for ensuring that all goals and performance metrics are met, including generating ac- tualized room nights and achieving a high citywide occupancy rate, espe- cially given the 2013 expansion of The Classic Center and in- creased hotel inventory in Athens, including a Hyatt Place connected to The Classic Center." Composite Show Returns To GWCC ATLANTA—The 5th Annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences will return to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) May 3 - 5, 2016, with an expected turnout of 750 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees, encom- passing 363,000 square feet of the GWCC. According to JEC, the world's largest composite industry group, North America currently accounts for 32 percent of the global composites market and two-thirds of JEC Americas exhibitors are North Ameri- can-based. Innovation in composites man- ufacturing will be at the heart of the event, according to Peter Zezima, JEC Americas Event Di- rector. Each of the JEC Americas programs (Live Demo Area, Inno- vation Corner, Conferences, Lead- ership Circles) will highlight the importance of innovation in pro- ducing composite parts. The two Leadership Composites Circles, in both Aeronautics and Automotive, will gather top managers in their respective industries to exchange knowledge and network with their counterparts. In addition, back by popular de- mand, JEC Academy, in a strate- gic partnership with Georgia Tech, will bring back and enhance the Education & Skills Village. Louisiana New Airline Increases Interstate Flights SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER— Beginning Nov. 15, conference attendees will have more travel options to meetings and events in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, as a new Louisiana-based airline, GLO, begins offering non-stop flights between Shreveport Re- gional Airport and New Orleans International Airport. "For more than a decade, cor- porate meeting planners and con- ference attendees have asked for direct flights from Shreveport to New Orleans," said Bill Cooksey, interim director of airports for Shreveport's Airport Authority. "The team at GLO has invested more than four years of work, due diligence and financial resources to make this a reality." GLO will also provide service from New Orleans to Bill and Hil- lary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark. and to Memphis International Airport. Tennessee New Hotels And Green Space CHATTANOOGA—Along with new hotel properties in progress, downtown Chattanooga is adding more recreational areas. Accord- ing to the city's convention and visitors bureau, the city is rede- signing Miller Park, Patten Park- way, MLK Boulevard and Miller Plaza to create the new Miller Park District, which will make ➤ across the Lowery L o w e r y r ORLANDO—In late October, NBC Sports commentators Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya joined top sports figures to celebrate the grand opening of the NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk. Located just outside the entrance of Universal Studios Florida, the new venue features a 120-foot-wide HD stadium screen that towers over the entrance of the restaurant, playing some of the greatest moments in sports history. Additionally, there are 100 HD TV screens and several open-fire grills throughout the facility, allowing guests to watch sports and cooking. The menu includes such items as the Grand Slam burger and a Big Banana Cake, while the bar offers more than 100 unique beer selections, includ- ing 862 Orlando, which is exclusive to NBC Sports Grill & Brew. n NBC Sports Grill & Brew Opens

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