APR 2014

ConventionSouth magazine is the leading resource for meeting planners who book all types of events, conventions, conferences and group travel in the south.

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 18 ne of the best ways to conduct an unbiased meeting site inspection is to mystery shop it—that is—rather than tak- ing a "guided tour" by an official site representative. Thatʼs just what members of ConventionSouthʼs editorial team did! We mystery shopped over a dozen casino resorts from across the South. And, just like a site inspec- tion, mystery shoppers were armed with a detailed inspection form and were asked to assess various aspects of the casinos—from event spaces and the casino floor to amenities—even the bathrooms and security. Of the casinos that were shopped, 15 properties stood out as being excep- tionally well suited for meeting groups and as a result of their high assess- ments, editors awarded these facilities with the recognition of being a "Premier Gaming Resort For Groups." To provide you with a deeper insight on what these properties have to offer your meetings and events, weʼre exposing highlights from our mystery shoppersʼ assessments with you. Hereʼs a look at what we found: Mystery Shopped G A M I N G R E S O R T S Mystery Shopper: "Vegas-like atmosphere near the interstate. Upscale, meeting spaces, guest rooms and lobby area." Mystery Shopper: "Fun Louisiana decor & food such as crawfish and beignets. Nice hotel rooms and friendly staff." Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Mystery Assessment Score: ★★★★★ Event Space: ★★★★★ Gaming Area: ★★★★★ Public Spaces: ★★★★★ Guest Rooms: ★★★★★ Amenities: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica, Miss. Mystery Assessment Score: ★★★★★ Event Space: ★★★★★ Gaming Area: ★★★★★ Public Spaces: ★★★★★ Guest Rooms: ★★★★★ Amenities: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 08-22 CS APRIL 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 3:32 PM Page 18

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