APR 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase ConventionSouth April 2012 Cover: 10 18 12 24 Crack Down On The Clown For this monthʼs cover story, we tackle the recent excessive spending scandal by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The agency is accused of spend- ing more than $800,000 on its Western territory convention along with other expenses on incentive trips. In this article, we hear from industry leaders in reaction to the story and from a former govern- ment planner who shares her insight on how meeting pros should keep similar incidents from happening to them. Features: The New Corporate Meeting Corporate meetings are rebounding and expected to have stable growth throughout the remainder of the year. However, at the same time, these meetings are being reinvented. Theyʼre now shorter and more focused on content. Find out what corporate meeting planners are doing differently as Corporate America continues to rebound. Green Meetings Guide This section features an article from Green Meetings Guru Nancy Zavada, CMP, on neat ways that you can cut down on your paper usage at events while enhancing the attendee experience. And, read about four destina- tions in the South with eco-friendly options for groups. Plus, on our website, youʼll find a guide to CSR meeting sites in the South. Adventure Awaits At Gaming Hot Spots ConventionSouthʼs Contributing Editor Marcia Bradford explores the wide range of enticing amenities and activities at the hottest casino resorts— noting that the excitement at the Southʼs premier gaming destinations goes far beyond the blackjack tables, slot machines and roulette wheels. 4 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 In Every Issue: Perspectives 6 7 8 16 58 Commentary from Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock. Making Headlines News From Across The South Meet The Planner The lives & times of meeting & event pros just like you! Advertising Reference Guide www.con v VOLUME 28 • NUMBER 9

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