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What's New & Improved?
Meeting in Macon?
You'll have a new option right
in the middle of the proposed
$50 million mixed-use downtown
development that's being called
the Exchange Block Project. Flying
under the Hyatt Place flag, the hotel
plans to highlight the city's music
heritage, with a fa├žade that will
incorporate elements thereof-along
with a courtyard to serve as
an intimate setting for musical
performances. The property will
sit prime on Poplar Street, offering
140 rooms, an adjacent garage, a
workout facility, lounge area, rooftop
bar and, of course, meeting space.

Updates in Athens
The University of Georgia may
be keeping the 1957 footprint of its
Center for Continuing Education
and Hotel, but its oldest features
are about to undergo $14 million
in renovations. Upgrades to the
center's "Classic Wing" will go
beyond exterior and mechanical
to include hotel rooms, corridors

and food services. Lighting,
bath fixtures, floors, walls and
technology are among the features
to be improved upon.

Doubletree Upgrades in the A-T-L
Fifteen miles from downtown and
30 from Hartsfield, the refurbished
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta
Perimeter Dunwoody is ready to
be back on the association radar

following its extensive $12 million
renovation. The property boasts
250 rooms; Southern Grove, a
Southern-inspired restaurant;
and 12,000 square feet of meeting
space. The latter includes
the 5,700-square-foot Azalea
Ballroom. Complimentary shuttle
service to locations within a
five-mile radius make off-site
events convenient, as well.

Tech Trends: Virtually There
THE HEADSETS ARE getting less
clunky. And honestly, most people
still haven't even tried it. But
virtual reality tech has been
making headway at events and
even in the realm of telecommuting
(you can get that warm, fuzzy
cubicle feeling while staying home
in your jammies!) and that trend is
only going to continue as the tech
gets better and more affordable. So
how can you begin to integrate it
into your meetings?

Holy Hologram!
After you and everyone you
know sends the "Help me,
Obi-Wan, you're my only hope"

message, it's time to use this
technology for something less
frivolous. With 3D imaging
getting increasingly better,
speakers will likely be doing
away with PowerPoints in favor of
holographic presentations.

Site Seen. Sorta.
Imagine being able to eradicate
the travel time and expense
associated with far-off site
inspections! Facilities are already
using VR to give planners and
clients comprehensive tours
of their venues. Sure, in the
end you'll need to head out to
your final selection, but the

whittling-down process can
happen from just about anywhere.

Teleconferencing 2.0.
A recent Wall Street Journal
article tackled this topic with
aplomb and raised an interesting
question: Will avatars at office
meetings make people feel more
connected? The jury is still out as the
tech continues to evolve but it will
certainly be a powerful tool, if not an
all-out replacement for face-to-face
interaction. Experts say as VR gets
increasingly "realer," everything from
eye contact to body language -even
smells and touch-could make the
experience eerily accurate!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Summer 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Lori K. Spear, CAE, Ragan Cohn, CAE, Karl Kirsch, CAE
A Win/Win Week for Restaurants and Their Customers
Meetings Thought Leadership
6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Media Coverage
Standing Out Among the Clutter
GSAE Rock Stars Gather in Macon for the 2017 Annual Meeting
Summer Luncheon
Destination spotlight: Savannah, Jekyll Island & St. Simons Island
Choices: A Taste for Online Groceries?
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Index of Advertisers/ Advertiser.com
Connections - Summer 2017 - Intro
Connections - Summer 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Summer 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Summer 2017 - cover1
Connections - Summer 2017 - cover2
Connections - Summer 2017 - 3
Connections - Summer 2017 - 4
Connections - Summer 2017 - 5
Connections - Summer 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Summer 2017 - 7
Connections - Summer 2017 - 8
Connections - Summer 2017 - 9
Connections - Summer 2017 - 10
Connections - Summer 2017 - New Members
Connections - Summer 2017 - Living Legends: Lori K. Spear, CAE, Ragan Cohn, CAE, Karl Kirsch, CAE
Connections - Summer 2017 - 13
Connections - Summer 2017 - 14
Connections - Summer 2017 - 15
Connections - Summer 2017 - A Win/Win Week for Restaurants and Their Customers
Connections - Summer 2017 - 17
Connections - Summer 2017 - 18
Connections - Summer 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Summer 2017 - 6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Media Coverage
Connections - Summer 2017 - 21
Connections - Summer 2017 - Standing Out Among the Clutter
Connections - Summer 2017 - 23
Connections - Summer 2017 - GSAE Rock Stars Gather in Macon for the 2017 Annual Meeting
Connections - Summer 2017 - 25
Connections - Summer 2017 - 26
Connections - Summer 2017 - Summer Luncheon
Connections - Summer 2017 - Destination spotlight: Savannah, Jekyll Island & St. Simons Island
Connections - Summer 2017 - Choices: A Taste for Online Groceries?
Connections - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers/ Advertiser.com
Connections - Summer 2017 - cover3
Connections - Summer 2017 - cover4
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