No, SMERF is not the same thing as the little blue cartoons you see on television, but stands for social, military, education, religious and fraternal: which are all types of groups that meet in Beaumont, Texas.

Whether it’s a meeting of bird watchers, faith-based meetings, livestock shows, Veterans or a group of antique car collectors, the SMERF meeting market is wide-ranging and vital to smaller cities, just like Beaumont.

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) utilizes, sales manager, Rebecca Woodland, to focus on the SMERF market and to bring overnight business to Beaumont.

“I work with locals to host their district, regional or state meetings to help guide members through the meeting planning process from start to finish, “states Woodland.  “Working with the SMERF market allows me to interact with a variety of groups in the area that all come with different needs or wants for their meetings. My focus is to help the meeting planner get the best value they can get for their stay in Beaumont through the booking of hotel and meeting spaces to tour options and program resources tailored to that group.”

By offering carefully curated plans for each group, the CVB offers customized itineraries and experiences only found in Beaumont. Relationships play a large part in booking SMERF business, and we pride ourselves in keeping those strong within the community. Almost every niche or “hobby” group has a local chapter, church or congregation that works with the Beaumont CVB to host their meetings in Beaumont. By working with local hotel partners, attractions and restaurants, the Beaumont CVB can make the different groups’ stays in Beaumont the most enjoyable it can be.

A main goal of the Beaumont CVB is to make the meeting planning process as smooth as possible. We want the local groups who work with us to bring their meetings to Beaumont for years to come. Our city is special, and with the help of our partners, Beaumont’s economy continues to grow by hosting meetings in Beaumont.

SMERF Meetings Coming Up:

Antique Car Club of America – Car Show: EEI* $54,000

Diocese of Beaumont – Hispanic Ministry – Charismatic Leadership Retreat: EEI* $13,500

Hot Hearts Ministry – Annual Conference: EEI $300,000

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council – Featherfest Birding Tour: EEI* $9,900

Lions International – District 2-S1 Convention: EEI* $15,000

Sabrewing Nature Tours – Upper Gulf Coast Birding Tour

Vietnam Veterans of America – Texas State Council Meeting: EEI* $202,500

Hey Lollies Square Dance Club: EEI* $84,000

Tri – City Corvette Club – Annual Car Show: EEI* $30,000

*EEI - The economic impact is calculated using a formula provided by the Texas Travel Industry Association.