Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Bloomington Recognized as Sports Destination to Watch in 2009
Categories: press releases
February 17, 2009
Eric Marvin, 812.355.7726 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tosha Daugherty, 812.355.7726 or email@example.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.