Destination: North Carolina Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Karen Misuraca
March 05, 2013
Large conventions and organizations come to North Carolina to enjoy superb weather and the feeling that they are the only game in town. During the Fourth of July week in 2012, Charlotte laid out the red carpet for 20,000 Shriners and their families who poured into town for the Shriners International Convention, Filling 5,000 hotel rooms and the charlotte Convention Center.
By Jessie Fetterling
July 26, 2012
This year, Charlotte, N.C., is finally getting the attention it deserves, playing the lead role in major pop culture and political arenas. It made its debut as the Capitol of Panem in The Hunger Games, which was largely filmed in and around the city. The Charlotte Convention Center was the setting for the underground scene between Katniss and her stylist Cinna, when they decide to dress her as “the girl on fire,” and the stage at the Knight Theater in Center City is where the tribute interviews were filmed.
By Nikki Gloudeman
March 30, 2012
It was the height of the opulent Gilded Age in the 1880s when George Washington Vanderbilt, youngest son of legendary tycoon William Henry Vanderbilt, decided he wanted a summer estate. Like his older brothers and sisters, he could have chosen to build in tony Newport, R.I., or Hyde Park, N.Y. But during visits to his mother, he fell in love with a small town brimming with unspoiled natural terrain: Asheville, N.C.
By Jessie Fetterling
February 27, 2012
One of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina is deep-rooted in tradition and history. Yes, it has Southern hospitality. Yes, it is still proud of its agriculture. And yes, shrimp and grits can be found in just about every corner of the state. But North Carolina is also seeing changes that the rest of the world is starting to notice.
By Erin Bernall
February 28, 2011
North Carolina is a meeting planner’s dream. Nearly half of Americans live within a day’s drive or a two-hour flight from the state’s major destinations. Conference facilities and hotels are first-rate, while pricing is comparable to second-tier locations. Cities are pouring millions of dollars into infrastructure improvements to make what they have to offer better than ever. And the settings range from oceanfront locales and mountain getaways to high-rise city skylines. No matter what you’re looking for, North Carolina has got you covered.
By Erin Bernall
October 01, 2010
The Carolinas contradict. In one moment, the landscape is shrouded in lush forest. At next glance, a labyrinth of waterways and islands punctuate the mid-Atlantic shoreline. Modern cities with sophisticated services remarkably complement historic landmarks that shaped the nation. For meeting planners, North and South Carolina offer great variety for any size event, any time of year.
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The quintessential southern beach area, the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina is dotted with coveted seaside locations. A favorite weekend getaway for residents inland, North Carolina’s sandy-white beach is geared entirely towards relaxation.
Although the region has a decidedly tranquil feel, the area is not one-note. The Outer Banks are a small network of islands right off the coast that tempers the waves before they reach the beaches. They are in themselves a destinations and a great area to explore the different natural offerings. From these islands, wildlife is prevalent and seeing porpoises and jellyfish are commonplace.
Also on the coast, the town of Wilmington has recently garnered recognition because of its recent turn in the lime light. Numerous television shows have started using the town as a shooting location, banking on its young college community and lush green coastal landscape to shine through on film.