NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 Southern Sites Offer Logistical Advantages For Meetings That Educate & Inspire By Shannon Rasmussen Youth & Faith-Based Meetings Planners must prioritize cost, accessibility and safety while they create meetings that educate and inspire. To that end, second- and third-tier cities offer a variety of advantages for youth and faith-based meetings, not the least of which is the cost savings for attendees. Given that affordability is always an important consideration, John Bickham, founder and chairman of Hot Hearts Regional Evangelism Conference in Texas, appreciates working with the Beaumont CVB because the staff there understands the need to keep costs low. "They recognize that we are a not-for-profit event and they customize their offerings to help us out as much as they can," Bickham said. "They feel like this is their event as well and they just want us to be successful." Beaumont sits about 80 miles from Houston and is home to the Texas Energy Museum, Gator Country, botanical gardens and a variety of other historical sites, according to Rebecca Woodland, convention sales manager for the Beaumont CVB. The city is affordable, accessible and it boasts a variety of activities for groups that host meetings there. It also serves as a great hub for groups that want to access Gulf Coast beaches or Houston. "When you visit Beaumont, you're the big fish in our pond," Woodland said. "Though Beaumont is active in the meeting space, we're very friendly to our groups. We issue press releases to acknowl- edge your visit and you'll see signs around town welcoming your group." Beaumont is also home to Ford Park Entertainment Complex, a 221-acre entertain- ment venue that includes a 34,000-square-foot arena, a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, baseball and softball fields, a 14,000-seat pavilion, and Sponsored by: MARKET SEGMENT REPORT: Biking in Peachtree City, Ga. Peachtree City CVB

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