Chattanooga CVB Honored
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau was awarded Successful Meetings magazine’s 2012 Pinnacle Award and the Chattanooga Convention Center was awarded ConventionSouth magazine’s annual 2012 Readers’ Choice Award. Meeting planners voted and gave feedback based on their professional experiences.
“We were extremely pleased to have received this outstanding award for the eighth time. Our Convention department, hotels, restaurants, attractions and airport all work seamlessly together, going above and beyond, to ensure that the needs of our clients are met. This is an extremely high honor and speaks volumes of our hospitality industry,” said Bob Doak, president & chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Pinnacle award celebrates hospitality excellence by identifying the convention & visitors bureaus, hotels and conference centers that set the standards for others to follow. The awarded organizations have done an outstanding job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year.
Ed Dolliver, vice president of sales at the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau added, “What makes this award so significant is that the Chattanooga CVB was nominated by the loyal readers of Successful Meetings based on their ‘successful’ meeting experiences. It’s great to have such an incredible Chattanooga team to work with and to receive such great acknowledgments from our clients.”
For a full list of CVB’s that received the 2012 Pinnacle Award, visit www.successfulmeetings.com/article.aspx?id=15013
Chattanooga Convention Center’s Readers’ Choice Award
The Chattanooga Convention Center is among 100 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive the ConventionSouth magazine 2012 Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provided exemplary service for group events. The nominated properties were then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals were asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 1,500 voters participated in the selection process.
“ConventionSouth readers have nominated and voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Chattanooga Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth publisher J. Talty O’Connor. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who book events held in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that the Chattanooga Convention Center indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”
Mike Shuford, director of the Chattanooga Convention Center said, “It’s truly an honor to be selected for this prestigious award. It affirms that meeting planners are acknowledging Chattanooga as a first-class meetings destination and our commitment to providing top-notch, quality service to our clients. Our team would not have been able to receive this award without the collaboration of our partners who continuously help us sell Chattanooga for conventions, reunions and sporting events.”
A complete list of award winners can be found online at:
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As a share of the economy, CBO says this year's deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years.
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union had no immediate comment.
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