GULF SHORES, Ala. — It is with honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award.

ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 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 hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

“We are so appreciative of the meeting professionals and fans who voted for us,” said Vicki Fitch, Executive Director of the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our staff works diligently with our area attractions, hotels, restaurants and other tourism partners to make sure our visitors have a wonderful experience while they are in Bowling Green. Our variety and quality of meeting sites makes Bowling Green a desirable destination for conventions and group events, and we are happy to showcase all that Bowling Green has to offer.”

The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,, is the perfect starting place for meeting planners looking to learn more about Bowling Green convention and meeting venues. The Bowling Green Area CVB’s staff is available at 270-782-0800 to help event organizers find the places and spaces that will be right for them.

Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is among 300 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), 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. With over 6,000 voters participating in the selection process and the highest social media interaction to date, this has been the most successful and engaging year yet!

Since creation in 2001, this is the first time that Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has received the award, making it an even greater honor to present it with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2017 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine.

This exciting 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. “Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2017, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” O’Connor said.

Celebrating over 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 located across the country who book meetings held within the South, according to O’Connor.

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