New Conference, Rendezvous South, to be held in Shreveport-Bossier, Dec. 2-4, 2013

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Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel Shreveport partnered along with five destination cities across the South to create marketplace for meeting planners

Shreveport and Bossier Mayors, Stacy Brown, Sam Voisin, Talty O'Connor and Mike Green "seal the deal" for the Rendezvous South tradeshow.

Shreveport and Bossier Mayors, Stacy Brown, Sam Voisin, Talty O'Connor and Mike Green "seal the deal" for the Rendezvous South tradeshow.

“It takes creativity and a good working relationship between a destination’s bureau, venue and host hotel to create and execute a successful initiative such as this," said Sam Voisin, SMG general manager.

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, along with its partners the SMG/Shreveport Convention Center and Hilton Shreveport are pleased to announce a new conference that will take place, Dec. 2-4, 2013, at the Shreveport Convention Center and host hotel Hilton Shreveport. ConventionSouth Magazine is the presenting sponsor of the event.

“Rendezvous South was the brainchild of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport Convention Center and Hilton Hotel Shreveport,” said Stacy Brown, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau president. “We wanted to create our own tradeshow tailored especially to meeting planners looking for a one-stop-shop booking experience with similar convention destinations. It also provides a unique opportunity for planners to exchange ideas with their peers in a Town Hall format.”

Some 35 meeting planners, who are currently or would consider in the future holding an event at a minimum of two participating destinations, will attend the conference. Additional qualifications for the planners include that their event must utilize a minimum of 200 hotel room nights and utilize a minimum of 45,000 square feet of event space. Participating destinations include: Shreveport-Bossier, Baton Rouge and Kenner, Louisiana; Irving, Texas; Savannah, Georgia; and Jackson, Mississippi.

“Rendezvous South will be a one-of-a-kind, Town Hall format and educational tradeshow for meeting planners who book destinations in the South,” said Talty O’Connor, publisher of ConventionSouth magazine, one of the event sponsors. “Our organization is honored to team up with Rendezvous South, because we know that the Town Hall format enables planners to be in the driver’s seat and suggest topics, ask questions and hear suggestions from their peers.”

This conference, unlike other convention tradeshows, will put all the decision makers (e.g. venue managers, convention and visitors bureau sales managers, and the host hotel sales managers) face-to-face with the meeting planner during 15 minute appointments.

“It takes creativity and a good working relationship between a destination’s bureau, venue and host hotel to create and execute a successful initiative such as this. There are many challenges in the meetings industry at present. Rendezvous South was created to assist meeting planners with matching events with southeastern destinations, SMG managed venues and host hotels in a one-stop shop,” said Sam Voisin, regional general manager at SMG/Shreveport Convention Center.

Rendezvous South has launched a new website http://www.RendezvousSouth.com which features information and resources for meeting planners, including details about each of the participating cities’ destination, meeting venue and host hotel. The site also includes a host-buyer qualification form, tradeshow information, and hot deals that meeting planners can take advantage of.

“Rendezvous South provides the partner cities with the uniqueness of the smaller, intimate, one stop shop opportunity to speak to meeting planners with one united and common message about the destinations,” said Mike Green, general manager of the Hilton Shreveport.

To learn more about the conference visit, http://www.RendezvousSouth.com. For media inquires contact Deann Jewell, communications coordinator, at djewell(at)sbctb(dot)org or 318-429-0645. To learn more about Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or view the online visitor’s guide.

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