Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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Kelly Tyner 866-356-5128 kelly@grouptravelleader.com SMALL MARKET MEETINGS is published monthly by Pioneer Publishing, Inc., 301 E. High St., Lexington, K Y 40507, and is distributed free of charge to qualified meeting planners who plan meetings for groups of five to 500. All other meeting industr y suppliers, including hotels, conference centers, convention centers, destinations, transpor tation companies, res- taurants and other meeting industr y-related companies may subscribe by sending a check for $39 for one year to: Small Market Meetings, Circulation Depar tment, 301 East High St., Lexington, K Y 40507. Phone (866) 356-5128 (toll-free) or (859) 225-1452. Fax: (859) 253-0499. Copyright SMALL MARKET MEETINGS, Inc. All rights reser ved. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without the written consent of the publisher is prohibited. MAC T. LACY P UBLISHER /P ARTNER maclacy@grouptravelleader.com HERBERT SPARROW E XECUTIVE E DITOR /P ARTNER hsparrow@grouptravelleader.com BRIAN JEWELL E DITOR brianj@grouptravelleader.com DAVID BROWN A RT D IRECTOR production@smallmarketmeetings.com STACEY BOWMAN A CCOUNT M ANAGER sales@smallmarketmeetings.com KELLY TYNER A CCOUNT M ANAGER sales@smallmarketmeetings.com ELIZA MYERS O NLINE EDITOR CHRISTINE CLOUGH C OPY EDITOR RENA BAER P ROOFREADER www.smallmarketmeetings.com For Sales Call October 2016 Volume 17 Issue 10 Crafting Better RFPs These tips will help you get attention from meeting suppliers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Meetings at the Beach Coastal destinations add fun and sun to meeting agendas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 All About Akron This northeast Ohio city continues to innovate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Memorable Maryland Montgomery County is a Mid-Atlantic classic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 A Cowboy Classic Rancho de los Caballeros is a true Southwestern retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Illinois Meeting Guide Get to know Illinois' suburban destinations and unique venues. ......28 22 24 12 On the cover: The sun sets over the Atlantic coast at Cape Cod. Photo by John Greim Courtesy Outer Banks CVB Courtesy Montgomery Co. CVB Courtesy Rancho de los Caballeros

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