JUL 2014

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Do Take It Personal With less cooks in the kitchen at CVBs for smaller markets, you'll find a tighter-knit team approach. In Rome, Ga., for example, the Greater Rome CVB prides itself on their ease and flexibility when organizing meetings. The experienced staff works closely with vendors throughout the county, so their knowledge of the area and access to important resources makes them a one-stop-shop for all-things-Rome. Pictured right: The folks at the Greater Rome CVB and all of the city's hospitality professionals work together to assist with group functions. ❃ Save Some Big Bucks From hotel rates and occupancy taxes to meal costs and more, things are often cheaper in smaller markets. For exam- ple, in Dalton, Ga., groups will find some of the best pricing for goods and services in the nation, as reported by Edge Magazine in Sept. 2013. The article noted: "Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that average prices paid by consumers for the mix of goods and services consumed in the area are about 15.3 percent below the national average." Pictured below: Sweet Cheeks Denim Boutiques is one of the many unique shops found in Dalton, Ga. ❃ Dalton, Ga. Explore Wide, Open Spaces Smaller markets like Amarillo, Texas, have wide-open-spaces for groups to expe- rience the outdoors. Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Amarillo has nearly 30,000 acres where groups can camp, hike, mountain biking and zip line. Pictured above: Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Amarillo, Texas, allows groups to spread their wings and experience the beauty of its undeveloped lands. Tip: Visit in spring while the wildflowers are blooming. ❃ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 15 Take It All In Attendees won't leave saying that they "didn't see anything" because they'll be able to easily "take in the city" when meeting within destinations like Savannah, Ga. There, trolley, segway and walking tours allow groups to experience varying segments of the city such as history, architecture or food. Pictured left: One of Savannah's many tour guides shows a group some of the city's historical architecture. ❃ Savannah, Ga. • Less Traffic • Less Crime • Less Rushing • Less Waiting In Lines • Less Distractions "Less is More" Reasons To Love Small Markets 5 Amarillo, Texas Rome, Ga. J U L Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ *10-17 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 2:12 PM Page 15

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