The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will host its 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Reception at The Event Centre in downtown Beaumont on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The CVB will recognize and honor the meeting planners who chose Beaumont as their host city for reunions, sporting events and conferences during the previous year.
"The staff and I feel the Hall of Fame Reception is the most important event of our year because it's a time where we can share our thanks and appreciation with the local planners who work hard to bring their events to Beaumont," said Dean Conwell, CDME, Executive Director of the CVB.
The Hall of Fame Reception is a time for the CVB to honor inductees as well as extend gratitude to meeting planners for contributing to the success of tourism in Beaumont during 2012. After the recognition ceremony, the CVB will present this year's Service Award to a local citizen who has shown extreme dedication to enhancing tourism in Beaumont. The Annual Service Award recipient is kept secret and revealed at the close of the reception to a surprised guest of honor. A list of past winners can be found here.
Entertainment for the event is provided by DJ Josh Yawn from Joshua Productions and Southeast Texas Disc Jockey. Guests will also be able to have their picture taken at the onsite photo booth provided by Kevin Herrin of Photo Booth Photo Shoot, http://www.photoshootphotobooth.com.
Each year the CVB works diligently to entice groups, conventions and meetings to choose Beaumont for their meeting destination. Groups impact the local economy through hotel occupancy taxes and tourism dollars that significantly affect the economic development of Beaumont. Tourism dollars are "new money" brought into the local economy and groups of all types found Beaumont to be the ideal meeting destination in 2012. For more information on Hall of Fame, click here.
In 2012, Beaumont hosted 166 events, welcomed 132 organizations and 79,008 convention delegates. Meetings mean business. The direct economic impact on Beaumont's economy from convention business is estimated to be more than $22.3 million* for 2012. Events drawing the largest numbers of overnight stays include the following:
- Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star: 1,800 people, 1,690 room nights
- US Fastpitch Association: 4,490 people, 1,277 room nights
- Texas Amateur Softball Association, Pixy Tournament: 3,150 people, 730 room nights
- Southern Black Softball Association, World Tournament: 1,400 people, 968 room nights
The Beaumont CVB is the premier marketer of Beaumont. Our mission is to entice groups, conventions and leisure travelers to choose Beaumont as their meeting or travel destination. Media contact is Stephanie Molina, Director of Marketing, at (409) 880-3749, toll free at (800) 392-4401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The economic impact is calculated using a formula provided by the Texas Travel Industry Association.