FEB 2013

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��� Kentucky International Convention Center (Louisville, Ky.) A DramaticFlair Convention Center D��cor That Transforms These Mega Venues Expectations are high and drama is desired, so convention centers are raising the bar to help you create that memorable experience. The folks at Global Spectrum, a global facility management company with nine convention and civic complexes in the South, recognize the need for adding a dramatic flair, especially at convention facilities. ���By dressing up an event, it adds to the ambiance that turns into an experience,��� explains Shura Lindgren-Garnett, CFE, regional vice president for Global Spectrum. ���D��cor also allows for customized branding or theme-setting to affirm that the rented space is in fact theirs.��� And she added that many venues ���have an inventory of equipment such as up-lights, gobos, table centerpieces, floral, draping and suspended ceiling items that can be made available to clients rather than outsourcing them from a vendor.��� 12 ��� ConventionSouth ��� F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 3 3 Fashionable Ways To Add Drama: Set The Mood With Lighting. Shura said the use of lighting has become an important component to d��cor due to its ability to transform the mood of an area in a very inexpensive way. For example, to take a venue from a corporate meeting to evening banquet, effective use of lighting can minimize the need to do a complete ���makeover��� or move equipment once in place. Dress Up The Exhibit Hall. Groups are using the exhibit hall to ���create a banquet or special event space through the use of carpet, drape and suspended lighting,��� Shura said, noting that this concept works well for smaller convention centers that need the space of the exhibit hall to host a large banquet or party. Let Them Lounge Around: ���We are also seeing a trend of creating several smaller lounge and seating areas throughout the banquet space similar to what you might find in a traditional lounge,��� Shura said. By Selena Chavis ec tru m FEATURE A function for the Nursing Organizations Alliance was recently hosted at the Kentucky International Convention Center and featured a vibrant, contemporary flavor, said Senior Sales Manager Margie Washburn, who noted the room was anchored with an over-the-top white baby grand piano, and showcased spandex tablecloths and chair covers with bold neon colored accents. Table centerpieces were made of vases and lamps that contained battery operated lights. ��� lS ba Glo Here��s a look at how some convention centers across the South are turning the volume up on d��cor to leave a memorable impression on attendees. ��� w w w. c o nve n t i o n s o u t h . c o m p

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