OCT 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact INSIDER'S GUIDE By Barbie Perkins-Cooper Columbia, S.C. Described as "The New Southern Hot Spot," Columbia is a historical city offering an abundance of unique settings and Southern culture. "Columbia, South Carolina is a tier- two city known for its distinctive combination of Southern graciousness and vibrant, pro- gressive spirit," said Kelly Barbrey, vice president of sales and marketing for the Columbia CVB and the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism. "Groups are catered to as the big fish in a small pond. When larger conventions visit our city, they truly have the right to the city and will be greeted as such. Whether it is group rates at attractions, discounts at local restaurants and shops, or being welcomed at large events, groups visiting Columbia will be treated with special attention. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center thrives in the heart of the convention district, just blocks from the South Carolina Capitol Building." Barbrey added, "The history, charm, and culture of this southern city coupled with quality meeting facilities, hotels and convention support services qualify Columbia as a ʻperfect locationʼ for conventions and business meetings." ■ ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Here's an idea, ask your male attendees to wear bowties instead of a tie. In Columbia, the accessory remains a popular tradition. Bowties can be purchased at Brittons of Columbia. www.con v OCTOBER 2012 ConventionSouth 41

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