APR 2013

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COVER: Corporate Meetings a webcast or mobile app for larger events, incorporating technology has become a focal point." And Stuebe says the company is freshening up the meeting rooms to increase attendee participation. "We are looking at new meeting room setups such as more stadium seating or high-top classroom, to get out of the standard classroom or theater slump." Getting creative with the chef to choose, healthier, off-menu items for breaks and meals can also help keep attendees more alert and interactive throughout a meeting, Kemp added. Kemp suggested that companies leverage partnerships with vendors as a way to add value to the participant experience and keep costs down. By allowing vendors to bring something creative to the table, meeting planners can create unique agendas while remaining fiscally conservative. "You have to go back to the basics. Relationships are the key to success," Kemp said. "Know your vendors and how they can assist you with your vision and mission." ■ 18 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ APRIL 2013 Editor's Hot Picks For South's Best Boardrooms Here are some of ConventionSouth's Editor's Hot Picks for the South's Best Boardrooms, all of which offer executive-level décor and amenities. Editors selected these boardrooms in February 2013 based on nominations from meetings sites across the South. To find out more about these and for a complete list of the South's Best Boardrooms, visit The Westin Birmingham Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel Hotel Sorrella, Houston Columbus (Ga.) Trade Center w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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