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> destination planner For the fourth year, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Charleston the No. 1 Top U.S. City. Meet Charleston Plan your next event with the host city of the 2015 GSAE Annual Meeting. AN AWARD-WINNING, WORLD-CLASS destination, Charleston meetings have 10-15 percent more attendance on average than meetings in other locations. With an easily accessible airport, beautiful beaches, historic surroundings, highly acclaimed restaurants and shopping, your attendees will find it easy to get to, but hard to leave. For the fourth year, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Charleston the No. 1 Top U.S. City. Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, Charleston also ranked No. 2 Top City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. "The people of Charleston are honored to once again be named Condé Nast Traveler's, Readers Choice No. 1 Top U.S. City," says Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. "To be recognized for the fourth consecutive year is truly a testament to Charleston's vibrant culture, genuine hospitality and wonderful people, who make it such a special place to both live and visit." Charleston first appeared on the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Top U.S. Cities in 1993 with a sixth place ranking. It achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2011 and has hung onto the top slot for four years running. "In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest's experience. Many islands have nice amenities. What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors. They truly feel welcome," said Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. "Being named the No. 1 Top U.S. Island and No. 2 Top Island in the world speaks to Kiawah's pristine natural beauty, sensitive development, best-in-class amenities, and the overall quality of life for both residents and guests," said Chris Randolph of Kiawah Partners. Historical Housing Options In addition to the No. 1 Top City ranking, Kiawah Island ranked No. 1 Top U.S. Island and the No. 2 Top Island in the World according to readers. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked No. 17 on the list of the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S. If experiencing the historical side of the city is more in tune with your members' preferences, check out the Wentworth Mansion, which ranked No. 25 on the list of the Top 25 Hotels in the U.S. Built in 1886 as a private residence, this inn features 21 rooms and suites of unparalleled drama and beauty in the Historic District. Nearby, the Francis Marion Hotel, which is also the host property for the 2015 GSAE Annual Meeting, features 235 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of function space in a historical setting with unparalleled views of the city's church steeples, antebellum mansions and famous harbor. Freshly renovated in 2015, the guest rooms are elegantly appointed and feature the perfect bedding for a great night's sleep. Also located in the heart of historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is Charleston's premier Charleston boasts an easily accessible airport, beautiful beaches, historic surroundings, highly acclaimed restaurants and shopping. Belmond Charleston Place is Charleston's premier hotel just minutes from famous homes, museums and churches. Top Golf and Beach Amenities 26 Winter 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Improve Outcomes with Data-Driven Decisions
Member Surveys: Getting Back to Basics
Your Data Tells You What Members Want; Use It
Hacking for Your Mission
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE events
Destination Planner: Meet Charleston
Choices: The Data Are In?
Index of Advertisers
Advertiser.com

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