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Convention South Announces 2014 List of “20 Group-Friendly Gems”  –  Small Markets With Surprising Attributes For Meetings & Events
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ConventionSouth‘s editorial research team announced their list of “20 Group-Friendly Gems,” which they say are small, third-tier markets that many meeting planners may have not heard of, yet are especially well suited for small- and/or mid-sized meetings.

This surprising list of small-sized cities gives meeting planners the opportunity to get to know some of the most unique destinations in the South–all of which offer:

  • an active tourism bureau with event planning services and trained personnel,
  • one or more dedicated meeting facility, and/or
  • hotels with on-site meeting spaces,
  • provide a “big fish in a small pond” experience,
  • offer more personalized attention,
  • welcome groups with open arms,
  • charge and tax less for services, and
  • provide a location where logistics are more easily managed.

“We’re very proud to have our peers at Convention South recognize Pearland as a unique destination,” according to Kim Sinistore, Executive Director, Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “Pearland is placed within close proximity to Houston and Hobby Airport and offers planners personalized service , unique venues, and access to shopping, dining and area attractions while visiting.”

The entire list of cities in alphabetical order includes:

  • Brenham, Texas
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Conway, Arkansas
  • Enterprise, Alabama
  • Florence, Alabama
  • Florence, South Carolina
  • Helen, Georgia
  • Houma, Louisiana
  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Mount Sterling, Kentucky
  • Ocala, Florida
  • Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Pearland, Texas
  • Salisbury, Maryland
  • Shenandoah, Texas
  • Victoria, Texas
  • Woodward, Oklahoma
  • Wytheville, Virginia
  • Yazoo City, Mississippi