ConventionSouth

SEP 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 ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 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 32 ➤ Small group meetings value their privacy, says Ron Tarson, general manager of The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. "We offer meeting spaces set away from the bustling hotel and larger function rooms, allow- ing attendees to engage and interact with each other without distractions." Another way to limit distractions and keep small spaces from appearing busy is to keep spaces clutter free, Ron says, noting that simple table setups include pens, pads, mints, glasses and water. "Offer an open setting with plenty of room for other pres- entation materials and lap- tops." ➤ Small groups can take advantage of more unique spaces outdoors, say Doug Rollins, vice president of sales and marketing for the Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. "For groups that prefer to stay in the great out- doors, we have numerous out door set tings, includ ing the lush vine yards and a 16th- century-style French Chateau with its full-production win ery to pro vide a cre ative back ground for meetings. A quaint evening din ing al fresco under the stars allows small groups to try unique, locally grown foods and wines that are any- thing but mass pro- duced, Rollins added. Don't Just Sit There, #MeetOutsideTheBox Don't Be A Busy Bee, #CrowdControl I D E A S F O R S M A L L G R O U P S

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