OCT 2012

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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase book. From its Colonial heritage to being the focal point of four major Civil War battles, it could be said that Freder- icksburg, Va., has more ghosts than any other city in America. Among the attrac- tions, groups can take a candlelight ghost tour. book. INSIDER'S GUIDE By Ashley Wright D.C. Metro Area As politics heat up in Washington, DC, the folks just outside of the capital say there is one clear message. Groups will find a treasure trove of historically significant buildings, museums and pathways that merge with the latest and greatest technologies, hippest nightlife and tastiest modern cuisines. And for groups looking for a destination with easy accessibility and affordability, the DC Metro areas in Northern Virginia are the place to be. "Weʼre located just across the Potomac from DC and easily accessible via air, rail or many of the East Coastʼs main interstates," said Cara OʼDonnell, public relations manager for Arlington Economic Development. "Whatʼs more, our rates average up to 20 percent less than those in DC, making Arlington a great value." Brian Forrester, vice president of sales for Holiday Cruises and Tours, works with many Military groups who plan reunions in the area, and says the region gets his vote. "Fairfax County is a desirable area because of the proximity to the Dulles airport, the great selection of hotel properties, their affordability and most importantly, their under- standing of the Military marketʼs needs and wants," he said. "Tie that in with working with a great team at Visit Fairfax and you have a great recipe for a success." ■ Schedule time for horse and carriage rides through historic Fredericksburg, Va. The city is located south of D.C. along Interstate 95. ■ 38 ConventionSouth OCTOBER 2012 www.con v CourtesyGreaterFrede CourtesyGreaterFrede ricksburgTourismPartnershiviaFace ricksburgTourismPartnershi viaFace G FTP v i a Fa c e b o ok

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