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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bloomington Recognized as Sports Destination to Watch in 2009

Categories: press releases

February 17, 2009

Media Contacts:
Eric Marvin, 812.355.7726 or eric@visitbloomington.com
Tosha Daugherty, 812.355.7726 or tosha@visitbloomington.com

Bloomington Recognized as one of 41 Sports Destinations to Watch in 2009

Bloomington joins Indianapolis as the only two destinations in the state to receive this honor.

Bloomington – Bloomington has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation among sports event organizers as a destination for all kinds of athletic events and tournaments. That reputation was reinforced with the city’s recent recognition as one of 41 Destinations to Watch in 2009. The list was compiled by SportsEvents Magazine based on nominations from their readers within the sports event planning industry.

Sports event planners were asked to nominate only the very best destinations for these readers’ choice awards, focusing on recognizing destinations known for excellence in exhibiting outstanding professionalism, creativity and dedication in the sports event planning industry. A statement released by the magazine said, “We believe the following select group of destinations and fields and facilities not only meet, but exceed the high demands of sports event organizers today – in both physical attributes and commitments to hospitality and service.”

The 41 recognized destinations represented a total of 17 states. Bloomington was one of only two destinations within the state of Indiana to receive the honor, the other being nearby Indianapolis. Eric Marvin, director of sports development for the Hoosier Sports Corporation was excited to receive the honor, but quick to share the credit. “This award represents a collaborative effort among many different entities in the city of Bloomington. It takes working together as a team to put on highly successful events and fortunately Bloomington has many great team members who regularly participate in producing excellent sporting events." The Hoosier Sports Corporation is the sports marketing division of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A complete list of award recipients is below:

Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission

Greater Birmingham, Ala. CVB & Sports Marketing

Tuscaloosa, Ala. CVB

Mesa, Ariz. CVB

Scottsdale, Ariz. CVB

Tempe, Ariz. CVB

San Diego, Calif. CVB

San Jose, Calif. CVB

San Jose, Calif. Sports Authority

Colorado Springs, Colo. CVB

Central Florida’s Polk Co. Sports Marketing

Central Florida Sports Commission

All Tournament Players Park, Ga.

Atlanta, Georgia Sports Council

Cobb County, Ga. CVB

DeKalb County, Ga. CVB

Gwinnet County, Ga. CVB

Bloomington, Ind. CVB

Indianapolis, Ind. CVB

Rockford Area, Ill. CVB

Ashland Area, Ky. CVB

Platte County, Mo. CVB

St. Louis, Mo. Convention & Visitors Commission

St. Louis Sports Commission

Greater Raleigh, N.C. CVB

Visit Charlotte, N.C.

Positively Cleveland, Ohio

Greater Cleveland, Ohio Sports Commission

Warren County, Ohio CVB

Travel Portland, Ore.

Myrtle Beach Area, S.C. CVB

Landmark Resort, S.C.

Bryan-College Station, Tex. CVB

Denton, Tex. CVB

Frisco, Tex. CVB

San Antonio, Tex. CVB

San Antonio Sports Foundation

Virginia Beach, Va. CVB

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The BMCCVB’s mission is to maximize and grow the economic impact of visitor spending in
Monroe County through the promotion of the area as a destination for all kinds of travelers.