Williamsburg to host tourism society meeting

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Southeast Tourism Society will host its annual spring meeting April 1 to 3 here.

Activities taking place the first morning include a tour of historic Williamsburg and golf and tennis tournaments.

Buses will depart from the hotel at 10 a.m. for the local tour.

The cost is $40 per person and includes lunch.

The golf and tennis tournaments also are scheduled for 10 a.m.

The price and location of the golf tourney is to be determined; the tennis competition will be held at the Williamsburg Marriott.

The price is $12 and includes lunch.

The opening session takes place at 4 p.m.

General session topics for the meeting include Blending Traditional and Nontraditional Attractions; Marketing a Culturally Enriched Destination -- Making the Most of Your Tourism Marketing for Efforts for Increased Visitation; 2001 and Beyond: What Does the Latest Data Tell Us About Cultural, and Heritage Tourism and No Budget? Looking for $$ in All the Right Places.

The host property is the Williamsburg Marriott, and the rate offered to delegates is $125 per night, single or double.

For reservations, call (800) 442-3654.

Delegates will be split into two groups for the opening night dinner, which will be held at two Williamsburg pubs.

The closing lunch will be sponsored by North Carolina, which is the location for the fall meeting set to take place Sept. 6 to 9.

The registration cost for members attending the spring meeting is $245; spouses, $150.

The Southeast Tourism Society, which was founded in 1983, promotes and develops tourism throughout the Southeast.

Member states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, hotels, motels, resorts, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, airlines, car rental agencies, newspapers, travel publications and other travel-related entities.

For additional details, call (404) 364-9847 or visit the organization's Web site at www.southeasttourism.org.

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