Destination South Meetings + Events is the leading, fully-accredited powerhouse of destination management, event production and meeting management. Established in 1995 by our President & Managing Director, Cynthia Alford, DMCP, our goal is to provide innovative and transformative event experiences for our clients worldwide.

The professionals at Destination South have numerous years of experience in the corporate, association, and non-profit markets on events large and small—ranging from 50 – 40,000 attendees—as well as incentive programs in the Southeast and across the country.

Destination South Meetings + Events has become a recognized leader within the Greater Atlanta hospitality community, participating in local initiatives, industry programs and philanthropic activities.

We have the resources, experience and reputation that drives our position as the standard of excellence for destination, meeting and event planning services.

Our commitment to ethics and innovation, paired with flawless execution, makes Destination South Meetings + Events a nationally recognized leader in our field.

  • "Simply put, I am thrilled with Destination South and all they did for us! I'm so thankful for their involvement and look forward to many years of working with them on our now annual event!"

    -Atlanta Science Festival

  • "Destination South is the most operationally flawless event production company in the city- hands down. Our team can trust DSME with every detail so we can focus on meeting our objectives and achieve a successful event."

    -Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • "The creative approach of the DSME team ensures our events are the most talked about and attended in town, year after year."

    -Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • "The professionalism, expertise and composure the team exhibits at DSME has ensured that all of our collaborative events have been an outstanding success time after time."

    -Cancer Treatment Centers of America

  • "Destination South is an amazing company to partner with. They have passion, creativity, integrity, savvy negotiation skills and an incredible eye for detail.  I consider them to be the “best of the best” as they always deliver and they continue to exceed expectations."

    -Milligan Events

Our Top Ten Most Recent Accolades:

2017 Allie Award Best Team Effort – Microsoft Ignite Closing Attendee Party – Camp Ignite

2017 Allie Award Logistical Achievement in Planning – Microsoft Ignite Closing Attendee Party – Camp Ignite

2017 Allie Award Best Event Corporation/Association over $100K – Microsoft Ignite Closing Attendee Party – Camp Ignite

2017 Allie Award Best Themed/Unique Entertainment – Microsoft Ignite Closing Attendee Party – Camp Ignite

2017 Allie Award Best Entertainment Production over $20K – Microsoft Ignite Closing Attendee Party – Camp Ignite

2016 Allie Award Best Event Corporation Association – Hospitality Hall of Fame

2016 Allie Award Best Themed Unique Entertainment – Starwood

2016 Allie Award Best Event Production under $20,000 – Starwood

2015 GaMPI Planner of the Year – Cynthia Alford, DMCP

2015 GaMPI  Chapter Leader of the Year – Andy Williams, CMP, TMP

2015 Allie Award (ISES) for Best Public Fair or Festival – Mad Scientists Hit Downtown Atlanta – DSME

2015 ADMEI Best Public Event for The Atlanta Science Festival – DSME

2014 Eventeract Design Committee of the Year – Lorri McQueary

2013 Allie Award for Best Corporate Event for “Allure at the Aquarium”

2011 ADMEI Achievement Award Best Innovative Event $50,001-200K Microsoft MGX Closing Event

testimonials

“I would like to share my utmost satisfaction with our recent event, the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo. I believe the most important example of the amazing job that Destination South did was the last minute venue change. With impending bad weather, Destination South managed to keep everything organized enough that 16,000 people found their way through the maze of a convention center, to our event. The whole process was flawless.

Simply put, I am thrilled with Destination South and all they did for us. It was extremely important that our inaugural event be successful to ensure we could build it into an annual event in the city. With the help of Staci and her team, this event was beyond successful. I’m so thankful for their involvement and I look forward to many years of working with them on our now annual event!”

Meisa Salaita, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Atlanta Science Festival

“Staci, Lorri, Cynthia and the entire team at Destination South MANAGES events from conception to execution. The professionalism, expertise and composure the team exhibits at DSME has ensured that all of our collaborative events have been an outstanding success time after time. Our hospital has experienced tremendous growth over the last year, and in that time, our partnership with DSME has also grown. We consider the team to be members of our ‘family.’ They have invested time and effort into learning about our company’s unique culture, mission and values in order to ensure that each event is a reflection of who we are.”

Haley Freeman
Event Specialist, Public Affairs
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

We had our successful event in Atlanta last night. Destination South was a spectacular team member, helping to organize and produce the event. Traci, Mike, Constanza and Carolina described Destination South as going “way over the top”. Aside from providing the extremely sharp decor, Mike said, in keeping with the “back to school” theme, they had the barkeeps in lab coats, chalkboards all around, and other “touches”.  Destination South was extremely creative…The team delivered approximately 100 backpacks to 2 charities that help poverty-stricken and fatherless kids… Awesome team work!”

Darrell Tamosuinas
CEO
Teneo Hospitality Group

“The Starwood Global Sales Office in Atlanta has worked exclusively with Destination South Meeting & Events (DSME) for more than 10 years on all of our VIP client events and tradeshows. Their intuitive approach and “can do” attitude makes our jobs so much easier during the planning process. The creative approach of the DSME team ensures our events are the most talked about and attended in town, year after year. And I always say, Destination South is the most operationally flawless event production company in the city- hands down. Our team can trust DSME with every detail so we can focus on meeting our objectives and achieve a successful event.”

Lance Hornecker, CMP, CMM
Account Director, Group & Corporate Transient-North America
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

I often say, when I go into other cities, “I wish I could bring the Destination South team here.” They just get it. We trust them to ensure the event will be executed to perfection. We trust they will always be mindful of the budget. We trust they will represent us as a professional team of experts. We trust they will be responsive to our every need, no matter the time of day or night.

Destination South is an amazing company to partner with. They have passion, creativity, integrity, savvy negotiation skills and an incredible eye for detail. I consider them to be the “best of the best” as they always deliver and they continue to exceed expectations.”

Nancy Polichene
Milligan Events