Meetings Department Voted Among Best in U.S.

Leading industry publication honors VSPC team with Gold Service Award

Thursday, July 23, 2009

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (July 23, 2009) – For the second consecutive year, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s Meetings & Conventions department took home the Gold Service Award from one of the industry’s top publications. 

Meetings & Conventions magazine recently announced the winners of its annual award, which recognizes top Convention & Visitors Bureaus for excellence in service to meetings professionals.

—To repeat as a Gold Service Award winner says a lot about our staff, our partners and the entire 
destination,” said Suzanne Scully, director of Meetings & Conventions for VSPC. —In a time when many destinations are experiencing a lull in activity, we’ve been fortunate in that we’ve continued to see a steady stream of business.”

Two high-profile tradeshows secured by the Meetings team---Successful Meetings University in August at Clearwater Beach’s Sandpearl Resort, and Florida Encounter at Innisbrook Resort in November---are expected to bring top-tier meetings planners and future business to the St. Pete/Clearwater area later this fall.

This year the readers of M&C awarded 91 domestic and 11 international CVBs with the Gold Service award distinction. Relying on their extensive industry experience in both corporate and association markets, M&C’s readers made selections based on key criteria, including: professionalism of staff; support on hotels and site inspections; assistance with ground transportation planning; guidance on local attractions; and liaison with local venders and services.

—To continually provide quality service to clients sets these superior bureaus apart. All our Gold Service winning CVBs know the value of creating a lasting impression can never be understated,” said Bernard W. Schraer, Meetings & Conventions’ Group Publisher. —The 2009 Gold Service winners continually excel in many valuable areas of service, and they continue to focus on effective working partnerships with meeting professionals,” he added.

Winning CVBs will be featured in Meetings & Conventions’ Gold Awards issue published this November. 

Meetings & Conventions is a division of NORTHSTAR Travel Media LLC, publishers of worldwide directories, periodicals, electronic products, and destination information services for the travel, meetings and hospitality industry.

Also this week: St. Pete/Clearwater’s Fort De Soto Named One of Ten Best —Dog-Friendly” Beaches.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

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For more information:
Contact: CVB Assistant Director David Downing:
Phone: 727.464.7213

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