JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise SMERF PLANNING GUIDE gives them the option to continue the party without any additional cost to your client. Working with the same property frequently to plan events can build a mutually beneficial relationship and gives the property staff the opportunity to showcase their creativity. About The Author: Event and wedding specialist Gwendolyn (Winn) DeLugas has worked in the hospital- ity industry for two decades and this May, she joined the event staff at The Chat- tanoogan. Among her previous positions, she spent nine years as the director of catering/ conference management services for The Peabody Orlando. The Chattanoogan is Chat- tanooga, Tennessee's only Four-Diamond- rated hotel, offering three restaurants, a spa, and 25,000 square feet of event space. ■ EDUCATIONAL TREND: Teachers are finding that in Little Rock, Ark., they can develop educational lesson plans based around the cityʼs Central High School, a national his- toric site that tells the story of the 1957 desegregation crisis and the "Little Rock Nine." In 2007, a new visitorʼs center with exhibits opened and offers various programs for educational groups. Winn's Winning Tip: Don't forget about outdoor plazas or courtyards to host gatherings. At The Chattanoogan, we transform the grounds into a "sparkling oasis" for groups by hanging LED votive candles in the trees and place candles on tables to create a light garden. The LED votive candles can be purchased at several retailers and run about $10 for a dozen. Contact Meeting Success. With a View. Discover an exciting, new perspective on meetings and conventions at the Wilmington Convention Center, North Carolina's "New Center of Attention" that's complemented by the unique backdrop of the city's historic charm and the center's riverfront views. The Wilmington Convention Center is the largest convention facility on the North Carolina coast, boasting 107,000 square feet of space. It bears a sophisticated maritime décor and connects to the scenic two-mile Riverwalk lined with shops and cafés. Book your waterfront meeting at: >ÃÌ> iiÌ}à ÀÕ«°VÊUÊnääÈxääÈ{ÊiÝÌ°£Óx www.con v JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 19

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