Honors Roll In for Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Todos Santos Fountain, Concord, California

Smart Meetings enjoys great relationships with convention and visitors bureaus throughout North America, so it’s always exciting to see our friends in the news. This month is turning out to be a rewarding time for a few of our favorite CVBs.

As its slogan suggests, “Diablo Valley, Defying Expectations” did just that when its headquarter city of Concord, California, was ranked as one of the top 10 places in the world to retire. Our friends at the Diablo Valley CVB have been working hard to get their name and venues in front of planners, and its recent accolade should certainly help with promoting the San Francisco Bay Area region.

Here’s what Conde Nast Traveler wrote about Concord:

“Located only 30 miles east of San Francisco, Concord is a big little city, home to farmers markets, excellent health care facilities, and free community activities throughout the year. Other bonuses are its location on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system, and a crime rate below that of San Francisco, despite its proximity and connection to the city. Concord is also one of the few U.S. cities to have a working drive-in theater, which is perfect for indulging in an evening of nostalgia.”

Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau

Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) got some great news when its latest advertising campaign won a national Telly Award. The theme of the video is “Now Serving Omaha.”

The video series showcases Omaha’s unique contribution to the national food scene. In addition to airing the videos on dozens of websites, the OCVB shares these videos through digital and social media platforms. Click here to view the “Now Serving Omaha” videos.

“Our No. 1 job is to tell Omaha’s story and convince people that Omaha is worth a visit,” said Keith Backsen, executive director of the OCVB. “A big part of that story is Omaha’s phenomenal local dining scene. Our local restaurants are a huge selling point and they make Omaha stand out from the crowd.”

The Telly Awards honor the very best in film and video productions. The 36th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau has launched a new and improved website. Meeting planners will find the design easy to navigate; just click the “‘Meetings’’ button found at the top left of the homepage or go directly to convention materials at the dedicated URL: Shreveport-Bossier.org/Meetings.

“We proudly invite meeting planners to spend some time exploring our new website,” said David Bradley, vice president of convention and group tour sales and service at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “The new site is a great-looking, user-friendly way for today’s travelers and meeting planners to find out about the most interesting things to see, taste and experience in Shreveport-Bossier.”

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