Planner Testimonials


"The support that NCaeyc receives from the incredible staff of [Visit Raleigh] has proven to be essential to our success!... We are deeply appreciative of our relationship with the [Visit Raleigh] staff who know we have a lot riding on our annual conference! [Director of sales] Malinda Harrell[, CMP, CASE,] and [director of services] Julie Brakenbury[, CGSP®,] encourage us, celebrate with us and share their insights and expertise to help us plan innovatively and act strategically for success and impact. And although we are a small nonprofit, we receive the greatest care and attention from [Visit Raleigh] staff. They understand and are responsive to our needs. They connect us to people, resources and ideas that help make our annual conference a tremendous success..."
Lorie Barnes, Executive Director, N.C. Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc)

"Stephen Jackson, CMP, is one of the best CVB sales managers that I have had the pleasure to work with! His follow-through is consistently awesome."
Doralen Mcclincon, Global Account Executive, ConferenceDirect

"In 2006, during a web search for potential sites for our annual statewide conference, I stumbled upon the website for the proposed Raleigh Convention Center and [Visit Raleigh]. After meeting the staff, a discussion began between their leaders and my stakeholders. What came out of those initial meetings was a new vision for our event focused on growth and convenience to our guests. [Visit Raleigh] did that! Their leadership, vision and networking has allowed us to not only double our attendance, but continue to grow over the past nine years. [Visit Raleigh] has provided the highest degree of professionalism, courtesy and innovative strategies insures that our event's home is in Raleigh for years to come."
Jason Davis, State FFA Coordinator, N.C. FFA Association

"I can't thank you enough for your work in putting together the proposals and tour; the number of hours and headaches you saved me (and Angela) is remarkable, and we are excited to continue working with the Bureau as we move forward with contracts and planning."
Dr. J. Reaser, North Carolina State University Department of English

From a meeting planner commenting on RDU International Airport: "[Terminal 2 is] a beautiful terminal. I didn't realize there were so many direct flights to Raleigh. I'm really impressed with your airport and will be going there more often than not from now on."

"Your service and commitment to provide quality to patrons of Raleigh is second to none! Thank you for the hospitality."
Shlondra Amacker, Meeting Planner, Mid-Atlantic Alpha Kappa Alpha

"On behalf of the Executive Council, staff and members of ASALH, thank you for everything you did to attract ASALH to your city and then to help open the city of Raleigh to us for our 95th Annual Convention. We have received nothing but high marks about not only the convention, but our being back in Raleigh.... Again, thank you for helping us pull off a smashing success in Raleigh." 
Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director, and Marvin Pittman, Local Arrangement Chair, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.

"Our Conference attendees loved your city, the Convention Center, and the Marriott. They were also impressed with the number of Raleigh dignitaries ... who took time to welcome us on Wednesday. The people appreciated the friendliness and hospitality of all employees at the Convention Center and those in catering. Overall, we had a wonderful conference."
Sr. Kateri Mitchell, SSA, Executive Director, Tekakwitha Conference

"I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for all your support last week and the past year.... You came through with everything you promised and helped make our event a successful one.... Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you in the future."
Paul J. Gornie, Executive & Professions Event Support, IBM CHQ, Human Resources

"Thanks so much for your help as we planned and implemented our recent conference in Raleigh. The Bureau's support was most welcome. I really enjoyed working with you.... The conference was productive and enjoyable. I really liked working in the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday. The facility is so bright and airy and was a nice change...."
Bette Worley, President, National Student Exchange

"I just want to say thank you for all you guys did to make our meeting such a success. We have had great comments. It helps so much with [Visit Raleigh] providing the information desks... I think the team in Raleigh is just outstanding. I will certainly recommend Raleigh and the convention center to anyone I come across planning a meeting..."
Meg Murphy, Director of Facilities & Meetings, Sigma Xi

"In speaking with many attendees and a lot of regulars of WordCamps the overall feeling was that this was a very successful and enjoyable event. Newcomers to WordCamps said they would attend more, and regulars said it was one of the best they had been to. In fact many people tweeted that WordCamp Raleigh was better than WordCamp San Francisco which is the signature event of the year.... Everyone loved Raleigh and the location downtown could not have worked better for us."
Steve Mortiboy, Organizer, WordCamp Raleigh

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