Convention and Visitor Bureaus Fire Up Creativity to Welcome Back Planners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2020 Sausalito, California: In an effort to help stimulate the hospitality industry, Smart Meetings ran a month-long Welcome Back video contest inviting Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVBs), along with hotels and venues, to submit a 20-30 second video inviting event and meeting planners back to their location. 

The main judging criteria for winning was putting together as creative a video as they could. 

After reviewing multiple submissions from all over the country, Little Rock Visitor and  Convention  Bureau came out as the top winner. See the winning video and article here. 

“We don’t know what the future will bring but we do know that Little Rock’s greatest strength are our people. We’re here and we cannot wait to welcome you back.” said  Gretchen Hall, President and CEO, Little Rock Visitors and Convention Bureau 

Coming in second place was Visit Santa Rosa, with Tourism Whistler in Third Place. Highlights from these and other entrants can also be viewed on Smart Meetings. 

“Congratulations to our winner and all of those who participated. We are all excited to get back to meeting and want to give a big thank you to the destination partners who are helping us do that safely. The creativity and welcoming spirit of these videos is a reminder of why we are more productive when we work together.” said Marin Bright, Founder, and CEO, Smart Meetings.


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