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For the fourth year, the readers of Condé
Nast Traveler have voted Charleston the
No. 1 Top U.S. City.
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
"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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2015
Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
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
Destination Planner: Meet Charleston
Choices: The Data Are In?
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Winter 2015