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Shreveport-Bossier Conv. & Tourist Bureau Honored with ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award

ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, honored the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist 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 the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist 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 the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is among 300 convention and visitor bureaus, 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!

 “Our colleagues and industry peers validated that Shreveport-Bossier is a tremendous meeting and convention destination by voting for us,” said Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “We are incredibly honored to win such a high award and it only affirms our commitment to keep providing quality customer service and unparalleled hospitality.”

Since creation in 2001, this is the third time that Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau has received the award, making it an even greater honor to present it with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist 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.

 “One of the best things about hosting meetings in our area is that no matter how diverse of a group, everyone is sure to find something to fall in love with in Shreveport-Bossier,” said Sandra Haynes, senior area director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Hotel by Shreveport-Bossier. “Between the amazing casinos, unique festivals, eclectic music and arts scene, the city’s rich history, the delicious Southern cuisine, and the diversity and friendliness of the people, it’s no surprise that Shreveport-Bossier has seen growth in the meeting industry over the past few years. Many visitors come initially for the affordable prices, but they come back again and again for the Southern hospitality.”

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.

The Tourist Bureau offers up to $3,000 to new business clients for hosting meeting in Shreveport-Bossier through a rewards program. For more info about hosting meetings and conventions in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/meetings or call (800) 551-8682.


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