JUL 2014

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C O V E R S T O R Y Winston-Salem, N.C. Walk On Down The Road In cities like Winston-Salem, N.C., you can find one central convention district where meeting sites and entertainment is all within walking distance. The folks in Winston-Salem call it their "Twin-City Quarter," where you can meet, play, stay and eat. This down- town area is home to the Benton Convention Center, an Embassy Suites and a Marriott, as well as Fourth Street's Restaurant Row and the Downtown Arts District. Pictured left: Graze Restaurant is one of several dining establishments located near the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem's Twin-City Quarter convention district. ❃ Preserve The Past & The Land With city growth occurring at a slower pace, smaller markets are often proactive when it comes to preserving their natural and historical areas as well as employing smart practices when it comes to building new struc- tures. For example, along Florida's Emerald Coast, the beach communities of Walton County are home to "new urbanism," a type of development plan with strict building codes that includes the economical use of land, the discouragement of driving and the preservation of large areas of open space. Pictured right: Seaside, Fla., one of the destination's 16 beach neighborhoods along the southern stretch of Walton County, was one of the country's first new urbanism communities. ❃ Seaside, Fla. w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m From free parking that's accessible to hotels and meeting venues to being the big fish in a small pond, the advantages of meeting within second- and third-tier destinations far out- number any downfalls. So next time you're seeking a new meeting site, think about feeling good at one of the South's hundreds of smaller markets. Here are some of the many reasons why you'll be glad you did: Feel Good Settings Big Rewards in Small Markets ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 4 14 *10-17 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 2:12 PM Page 14

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