MAR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A R C H 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 22 ANNUAL CVB ISSUE unforgettable experiences for attendees," said Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE, director of sales for the Greater Raleigh CVB. "When you add to that 180 miles of hiking and greenway trails, 10,000 acres of parkland, the most-visited state park in North Carolina and the fifth-oldest oper- ating amusement park in the U.S., Raleigh thrives on blending great outdoor experiences with transformative culinary ones and is a very special place to visit right now." In October 2016, the Wildlife Society held its annual conference in Raleigh at the Raleigh Con- vention Center. "The local host committee did an awesome job of connecting attendees to local activities, tours, nightlife, etcetera," said Harrell. "The planning committee for The Wildlife Society Annual Conference particularly enjoyed highlighting craft breweries and local restaurants in Raleigh and our guests were not disappointed," said John Ann Shearer, certified wildlife biologist and coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in North Carolina. Alpine Helen/White County, Georgia If you've ever wanted to visit Germany without leaving the U.S., you can make your wish come true by traveling to Helen, Ga., and the rest of White County, according to Jerry Brown, TMP, executive director of the Alpine Helen/White County Georgia CVB. About an hour north of Atlanta, the Bavarian-inspired destination has much to offer. Downtown Helen has shopping, a candy store, a German bakery, and many restaurants and beer gardens. Hofer's of Helen is a bakery and café started by Horst Hoffer, a certified master baker and pastry chef who immigrated from Schwabach, Germany, in the late 1950s. Nacoochee Village offers winery and grist-mill tours, attend paint-your-own-pottery classes or enjoy shopping and dining. White County Wineries: Arrange for winery tours, private tastings and dinners with wine pairings at Yonah Mountain Vineyards, home to Georgia's only wine cave; Cottage Vineyard and Winery, a beautiful vineyard with 360-degree mountain views in the North Georgia Moun- tains; and Kaya Vineyards and Winery, with a 2,000-square-foot deck positioned 1,600 feet atop a ridge, offering exquisite panoramic mountain views. Mississippi Gulf Coast "We at Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast love to show- case the plethora of outdoor activities that this region has to offer," said Anna Roy, public/media relations manager for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. "Some group activities that we have pre- viously organized include fishing charters, paddle boarding and kayaking our many waterways, Biloxi Schooner trips, shrimping trips and boat tours. The Mississippi Gulf Coast also boasts 13 award-winning golf courses, which provide the perfect excursion for a group of golf aficionados looking to tee off in South Mississippi. From land to sea, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers of all ages. Zip'N Fun Adventure Park offers visitors a view from above as they make their way through a tree-to- tree obstacle course, while nature enthusiasts can explore the region's astounding natural beauty, which is home to several rare species." n For further coverage of Fun CVB Itineraries For Groups, visit Water Adventures: Eco-tours and charter fishing trips can be arranged by the Daytona Beach Area CVB. Daytona Beach Area CVB Pirate Melee is a popular group activity in St. Augustine, Fla. Gary LeVeille / Courtesy

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