JUN 2012

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Home acrossthe Alabama Montgomery Says It's A 'Cool Capital City' So We Put It To The Test MONTGOMERY—Capital COOL is the catchphrase behind a new image campaign just released by tourism and city leaders in Mont- gomery. "At the very heart of this message, we're telling the world that if you haven't seen Mont- gomery lately, you haven't seen Montgomery, Alabama," said the city's Mayor Todd Strange. He em- phasized that the campaign high- lights the city's cool spots such as the new convention and entertain- ment district along the banks of the Alabama River. Planning Directory south The Shores Resort and Spa, the only Four-Diamond oceanfront resort in Central Florida, is now providing complimentary trans- portation services for groups. A stretch limousine and two 14- passenger vans are available to transfer meeting guests to and from Daytona International Air- port, and between a variety of area locations, including the conven- tion center, LPGA golf courses, Daytona International Speedway and Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, among others. We sent ConventionSouthʼs Kim Lang to visit Montgomeryʼs riverfront downtown to experi- ence just how cool it really is. "Attendees will be amazed at the awesome tourism corridor the city has built up right along the river. The convention center and the Renaissance Montgomery hotel, right along the banks in downtown, are surrounded by hip entertainment options. The AlleyBAR has a chic atmosphere with a quirky menu that offers 50 different martinis. And, the barʼs Upper Room and Back- ALLEY rooms are designed for energizing off-site events. Yes, Montgomery is capital COOL!" Florida Shores Resort Offering Free Shuttles Via A Stretch Limo Or Van DAYTONA BEACH SHORES— 8 ConventionSouth JUNE 2012 Event Planning Tools Added To Convention Center's Website FORT WALTON BEACH—Every- thing you need to plan a convention or special event along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast is now available at your fingertips on the Emerald Coast Convention Center's new website, www.EmeraldCoast A live beach cam, e-postcards, 360-degree virtual tours of the meeting spaces as well as an interactive guide are available. Plus, www.MyEmeraldCoast offers an interactive itinerary planner with listings of local accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Groups can cus- tomize their agendas by clicking the "Small Events" or "Large Events" tabs to select venues appropriate for their business. visit: emeraldcoast Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a behind-the- scenes tour for its 50th anniversary year, allowing visitors inside the Launch Control Center. anniversary year and through the end of 2012. Groups can look inside the 525-foot-tall Vehicle As- sembly Building (VAB), where the Apollo rockets and space shuttles were assembled, and the Launch Control Center. Group Tours Now Available At Kennedy Space Center KENNEDY SPACE CENTER— NASA is offering visitors rare access to several key areas of Kennedy Space Center during its 50th Expected to open in July 2013 is a 65,000-square-foot Atlantis exhibit that will provide guests a unique vantage point to view Atlantis up close, while telling the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program through a number of hands-on, interactive and immersive mediums. Perry Takes Over SMERF Sales At Westin Imagine ORLANDO—The Four-Dia- mond Westin Imagine Orlando has promoted Erica Perry from sales administrative assistant to group sales manager. She's now responsible for the SMERF (Social, Military, Education, Religious/Reunion and Fraternal) market segments. Prior to joining The Westin Imagine Orlando, Perry was on the Rosen College Research Team for Visit Orlando, where she worked on a marketing research project with meeting planners. Perry Georgia Kaval Heads Up Catering, Ballroom To Reopen ATLANTA—Charles Kaval has joined Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta as Director of Catering. In his position, he is overseeing all private, wedding and social events at the hotel and will also be instrumental in the reopening of the hotel's Grand Ballroom, this fall. Kaval spent the last five years as Director of Catering at Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York. www.con v Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Kennedy Space Center On Site Report

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