Small Market Meetings

NOV 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 November 2016 Volume 17 Issue 11 Small Market Meetings Conference Report Attendees mix business and pleasure in Huntsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Over-the-Top Events Large-scale celebrations require special planning and attention. . . .15 Casino Amenities A mix of luxury, facilities and activities make casino resorts attractive for meetings. . . . .18 Savannah's Enduring Appeal This Southern belle is perennially popular with meeting planners. . . . . . . .22 Meet Murfreesboro This Middle-Tennessee city is a growing meetings destination. . . . . . .26 Iowa Meeting Guide Explore the major destinations and unique meeting venues in the Hawkeye State. . . .32 15 32 6 On the cover: Historic buildings and public gardens are the pride of Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Lisa Blue By Dan Dickson By Sasha Souza Courtesy Dubuque Area CVB

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