GULF SHORES, ALA. (NOV. 17, 2016)— The votes are in! ConventionSouth’s readers and Facebook fans have selected their top 10 picks for “The South’s Cool Spots for Summer Events.

In late October, ConventionSouth Editors compiled a Facebook ballot with a list of 35 meetings destinations that are well fit for summer meetings as they offer an escape from the summer heat.

“Meeting Planners and event organizers from across the country look for unique destinations in the South to hold their meetings and events. ConventionSouth’s 2017 list of the ‘South’s Cool Spots for Summer Meetings’ provides these planners with exciting destinations to cool off during the South's summer heat,” said ConventionSouth Editor Marcia Bradford. “By offering a place to stay cooler during the hot summer months, meeting planners can boost attendance and create a more comfortable experience for participants and therefore, increase the success of the gathering.”

The following 10 cities gained the top votes and will be featured in the January 2017 print and digital issue of ConventionSouth. Cities are in order by votes received:

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  2. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  3. Fairfax, Virginia
  4. Jefferson City, Missouri
  5. Greene County, Tennessee
  6. Annapolis, Maryland
  7. Jacksonville, Florida
  8. Columbia, Missouri
  9. Conway, Arkansas
  10. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Celebrating 30-plus years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South. 

The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, Hamilton County funded organization, formed to strengthen the area economy through the marketing and promotion of the Chattanooga area as a year-round destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events and leisure travel.