DEC 2017

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 53 The AWARDS Issue! Readers' Choice Award Winners • Bartlesville Area CVB • Choctaw Casino Resort • Cox Business Center • Cox Convention Center • Doubletree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown • Downstream Casino Resort • Embassy Suites by Hilton – Norman Hotel & Conference Center • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa • Muskogee Chamber of Commerce & Tourism • Oklahoma Aquarium • Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Spa, See Ad On This Page Honorable Mention Award Winners • 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City Oklahoma spa and fitness center, tennis, two outdoor pools with poolside dining and cabana rental, and six restaurants, including the AAA Four Dia- mond-rated Diplomat Prime Steakhouse. Recently, the Diplomat announced its hotel partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lau- derdale in honor of its 60th anniversary. Both the Diplomat and the Museum were founded in 1958 and will be celebrating their milestone oc- casions in 2018. Located 20 minutes from the re- sort, the museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, situated midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lau- derdale's active Arts and Entertainment District. "As Hollywood begins to boom, so does the art and culture scene and we wanted to offer that component to our guests," Walls said. "We plan to hold several special events on site with the Museum, host intimate dinners at our signature restaurants, including, Monkitail, Diplomat Prime and Point Royal to honor the museum's executive board members, and offer our guests enticing art-related hotel packages." Observations About Today's Meeting Industry ConventionSouth recently asked Walls to offer some observations about the meetings industry: CS: What was the most interesting event you worked on this year? A: "The reopening of the Diplomat Beach Resort. The 'Grand Reveal' included an opening party with synchronized swimmers, Grammy nominated entertainment and ribbon cutting, followed by a weekend activation of the entire resort and restaurants." CS: What do you see as the biggest chal- lenges in the events industry? A: Doing more with less. Very high expecta- tions for planners and suppliers with limited or stretched budgets. CS: What advice can you give to other event professionals. A: Continue to find new and creative ways of making meetings meaningful for attendees. What was good 10 years ago no longer meets the ex- pectations of today's attendee." n

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