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The inaugural Rendezvous South Tradeshow for meeting pros who seek a one-stop-shop for their convention planning needs was a resounding success!

Held Dec. 2-4, 2013 in Shreveport, La., the tradeshow brought together planners from across the country to meet with convention planning leaders from seven, like-minded destinations in the South: Shreveport-Bossier, Baton Rouge and Kenner, La.; Irving and Beaumont, Texas; Jackson, Miss.; and Savannah, Ga.

“Rendezvous South was a huge success, in part due to the quality hospitality presented by the team in Shreveport-Bossier, and also because the event is like no other in the meetings industry,” said Talty O’Connor, publisher of ConventionSouth magazine and Rendezvous South partner. “Meeting planners and suppliers came together for real business, real discussions and real relationship building. A key to providing that platform was the specific attendance qualifications that were placed on both sides—the hosted buyers and the partnering suppliers.” Click here to learn more about the qualifications.

Fannie Smith, of Meeting Professionals Expectations, attended and said, “The conference was well planned. I enjoyed the education, networking, food, tours and Southern hospitality extended by all of the suppliers.”

Tommy Keown of Arrowhead Conferences and Events, said, “All of the staff was exceptional! We could not have asked for more from you. Thanks for all of the attention to detail and for providing an excellent experience.”

Taryn Daigle of Woman’s Foundation Inc., also noted, “This was my first time attending a meeting planner event. It was a wonderful experience where very useful information and contacts were obtained.”

View the Rendezvous South – 2013 photo gallery here.

We’ll be announcing the destination and dates by May 1, 2014.
For more information, contact:

Laura English or Marlane Bundock at ConventionSouth
(800) 968-0712

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Working with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau was a dream. They assisted will all aspects of the conference from start to finish. Our attendees were amazed at the outstanding facilities and the variety of activities that the Shreveport-Bossier area has to offer.

Jan Graff, Louisiana Math and Science Teachers Association

After hearing about about Rendezvous South from Loretta Howard at the Irving, Texas CVB, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with representatives from several places, at one time in one place. This event will allow me to network not only with those involved in the facility but also with other meeting planners, without too much time away from my daily schedule. It will provide a much more efficient use of my travel expenses.

Selina Mirza, Projects Manager, Texas Floodplain Management Association