If planners should know one thing about Greenville, South Carolina, says Diane Wilson, religious sales manager at VisitGreenvilleSC, it’s that this small city does big meetings really well. But beyond its recent buzz—ranking on lists of America’s quirkiest cities, best downtowns and must-visit places by brands like Travel + Leisure and MSN Travel—South Carolina’s sixth-largest town does a lot of other things really well too. Take waffle cones, for example. Greenville takes its ice cream vessels seriously, something you’ll catch a whiff of while strolling down Main Street, where the scent of freshly baked cones wafts out the doors of a half-dozen local shops.
Another area in which Greenville excels is shuttle service. Its convention center doesn’t have a designated convention hotel, but it does have an excellent shuttle program that can get attendees from exhibition floor to hotel room door in 10 minutes flat (plus, the Krispy Kreme directly behind it bodes well for premeeting fuel). Even better for planners: The city can do incentive funding for shuttles for groups using two or more hotels, says Wilson. See what else makes this South Carolina star a fit for faith-based events.