MEETING PACKAGE: Ballantyne Resort Offers First Quarter Savings, Incentives in Charlotte, N.C.

To help planners cope with the current economy, the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, N.C., has announced a limited-time promotion for groups meeting there in 2009.

Available to groups booking meetings at Ballantyne by March 31, 2009, and actualizing them there by the end of the year, the promotion includes the following deals and discounts:

• 3 percent off the master bill
• 10 percent off on food and beverage
• 20 percent off on audio/visual

In addition, planners will earn a signing bonus of up to 100,000 starpoints as part of the Starwood Preferred Planner loyalty program.

"Today's volatile economic climate makes holding meetings more essential than ever as an effective way for companies to connect face to face with employees or clients," General Manager Steve Kalezynski said in a statement. "A meeting offers an opportunity to discuss strategy and generate ideas to increase business, providing an open forum for two-way communication so that everyone can be heard."

For more information, or to book, call 1-704-248-4070 or visit www.ballantyneresort.com.