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Spectra, the providers of venue management and food services & hospitality to Kentucky’s Owensboro Convention Center, and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to announce that they have each received the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth, the national multi-media resource for planning events in the South.

ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau have been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” says J. Talty O’Connor, ConventionSouth publisher. “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 the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau both indeed display the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated meeting sites that 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 more than 7,000 voters participating in the selection process and the highest social media interaction to date, this has been the most successful and engaging year yet.

“It’s an absolute honor to receive this incredible recognition,” says Mark Calitri, president and CEO of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I’m very proud of our staff and the convention center staff for their commitment to world-class service and hospitality. This recognition is a perfect example that when our community works together as a whole, we can achieve amazing things.”

Since its creation in 2001, this is the third time that the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau have received the award, making it an even greater honor to present both with a 2018 Readers’ Choice Award.  The Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2018 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine.

“You must be nominated by an event planner to even be considered for the award and then the general public gets to vote,” says Spectra’s Laura Alexander, general manager of the Owensboro Convention Center.  “We are very thankful that our clients think Owensboro is a top notch location for conventions and hope to continue working with the CVB on bringing quality events to Owensboro.”

A complete list of award winners can be found online at: conventionsouth.com/awards/2018rcaawards.

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