ConventionSouth honors Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Park Vista

convention southBy Cindy Dupree

The publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, recently presented 11 Tennessee tourism entities with 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.

“The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South, “said J. Talty O’Connor, ConventionSouth publisher.

Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau, Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Hilton Knoxville, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, The Park Vista, DoubleTree by Hilton, The Peabody Memphis and Visit Knoxville are among 180 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award.

Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 5,000 voters participated this year in the selection process – the highest vote count ever recorded.

All winners will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2015 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This issue will also showcase some of the most talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting Professionals to Watch” designation.

Celebrating more than 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals who book meetings held within the South, according to O’Connor.

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