25th Annual Hall of Fame Reception to Be Held February 3, 2015 

The Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its 25th Annual Hall of Fame Reception at The Event Centre in downtown Beaumont on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The CVB will recognize and honor the meeting planners who chose Beaumont as their host city for conferences, sporting events and reunions 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 realize the financial impact their events bring to the economy of Beaumont and southeast Texas," said Dean Conwell, CDME, Executive Director of the CVB.

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 2014.

Last year Beaumont hosted 152 events, welcomed 114 organizations and 97,535 convention delegates. Meetings mean business! The direct economic impact on Beaumont's economy from convention business is estimated to be more than $21.7 million* for 2014.

Events drawing the largest numbers of overnight stays include:

  • Athletx National Tournament: 1,369 nights; 1,380 people
  • United States Fastpitch Association (2 tournaments): 1,319 nights, 5,500 people 
  • Williams Fire & Hazard: 935 nights, 400 people 
  • Stars Over Texas: 794 nights, 3,150 people 
  • Southwest Liturgical Conference: 699 nights, 1,200 people 
  • Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf: 497 nights, 300 people 
  • Texas Crime Stoppers: 470 nights, 375 people 
  • United Daughters of Confederacy: 341 nights, 285 people 
  • Skills USA District 7 Conference: 340 nights, 1,655 people

The Hall of Fame Reception will honor inductees and extend gratitude to planners and their committees for contributing to the success of tourism and the convention and meeting business in Beaumont during 2014. After the recognition ceremony, the CVB will present this years' Service Award to a local citizen. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the expansion of tourism and the convention and meeting business in Beaumont, Texas. The Annual Service Award recipient is kept secret and revealed at the close of the reception to a surprised guest of honor. 

Entertainment for the event is provided by Jazz Innovators. Guests will also be able to have their picture taken at the onsite photo booth provided by Kevin Herrin of Photo Booth Photo Shoot.