Small Market Meetings

DEC 2011

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December 2011 Vol. 12, No. 12 SMM Conference is a hit again, survey says Results of a postconference survey show that the 2011 Small Market Meetings Conference in Little Rock, Ark., met the professional needs and expectations of meeting planners and industry representatives who attended. Sixty-five percent of the Sept. 26-28 conference's more than 200 attendees responded to the survey. All of the meeting planners who took the survey rated their overall conference experience and the hospitality of Little Rock and Arkansas as good to excellent. Ninety-four percent said they would consider Little Rock for an upcoming meeting. All meeting planner respon- dents also said they would do business with a supplier that See Conference, page 4 By Vickie Mitchell $ Home to more than 40 craft breweries Portland, Ore., is the world leader in craft brewing. There are more craft breweries and brew pubs in the United States today than in the late 1800s, when the industry hit its height. Many are located in smaller cities. By Torsten Kjellstrand, courtesy Visit Portland CVBs full of ideas, itineraries for meeting goers' family members By Vickie Mitchell Small Market Meetings is a fount of ideas. The convention services manager for L the Overland Park, Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau has a long list of ooking for ways to entertain family members who tag along at meet- ings and conventions? Krista Porter entertaining itineraries, developed over the past two years for the Kansas City suburb and neighboring areas, including Kansas City. There's her Chocolate Tour, with stops at five to six Kansas City-area chocolate makers, including a chocolate pizza company. Porter's Foodie Tour takes in a culinary center, a spice shop, a cider mill and an olive oil merchant. She's also developed tours highlighting two of the region's prides: art and agri- culture. "I based it on what I would want to do if I was visiting a city. I like to eat; one of the things I always seek out when I visit a city is where the locals go to eat good food," said Porter. "I love See CVBs, page 8 Inside . 329oermit NP unction KY Lebanon J dtandarted SesorrP ostageU.S. P AIDP nc.ublishing, Iioneer P P t.igh S301 East H Lexington, KY 40507 A new spin ■ A new hotel and downtown redevel- opment bring new business to Lubbock, West Texas' hub. See page 14. Small Market Meetings nnette Wallace was look- ing for more than a nice place to have a reception as she planned the Missouri Governor's Conference on Economic Development in Springfield, Mo., recently. Wallace, a Certified Meeting Professional with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, wanted a venue that spoke to her audi- ence — a place that showcased local products and ingenuity. She opted for Springfield Brewing Co., a craft brewery housed in a brick building in downtown Springfield. Her group of 200 had the brewery's second floor to itself, enjoying the beers made there and hearty pub fare during a two-hour, casual reception. "It was a huge hit," Wallace said. "It was an opportunity for people to sample the local flavor and get a taste of Springfield." For a local vibe, brewpubs and craft breweries can be hard to beat. And, because of growing interest in locally made brews, the number of breweries See More, page 6 A taste of the Empire State Log on at Big Cedar ■ Like its parent Bass Pro Shops, lakeside Missouri resort puts an emphasis on the outdoors. See page 10. Wide-open spaces, interesting places Page 17 Texa Mee ing Guid Page 17 TexeTexass MeeettiingGuid g Guiide

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