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The nation's top meeting planners again recognize the organization's commitment to professionalism, creativity, and service 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (November 5, 2015) - The official destination marketing organization for Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB), has been awarded a ConventionSouth 2014 Reader's Choice Award.

The CACVB is among 180 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year's Readers' Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 5,000 voters participated this year in the selection process - the highest vote count ever recorded.

This is the second time that Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau has received the award, making it an even greater honor to present it with a 2015 Readers' Choice Award. The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2015 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine.

"ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau has been selected to receive our annual Readers' Choice Award," said ConventionSouth Publisher J. Talty O'Connor. "The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States' top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require."

The CACVB's Executive Director, Kurt Burkhart, is thrilled with this new recognition.  "Our team is humbled by this recognition, provided to our organization for a second year in a row" he said.  "A main focus of our organization is to encourage group travel to Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  Our destination is a wonderful place for small to mid-size meetings and conventions, and for our Bureau to be recognized by meeting planners nationwide, is testament to our pledge to offer the best assistance possible."

ConventionSouth is an award-winning publication aimed at meeting planners nationwide, presenting industry-relevant content such as destination, green meetings, and site inspection guides.  A production of Covey Publications, the monthly magazine also boasts a comprehensive website.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as a destination, have racked-up numerous accolades that continue to motivate travelers to visit, what is commonly referred to as, Jefferson's County.  Livability named the destination one of 10 Best College Towns, 100 Best Places to Live and more recently, Top 10 Places to Retire, while Good Housekeeping magazine proclaimed Charlottesville to be the Happiest City in America.  Forbes Magazine named our area the Locavore capital of the world; Go Green Go Travel chose Charlottesville as their #1 destination for agritourism; and Wine Enthusiast Magazine proclaimed Charlottesville as one of America's 5 New Foodie Cities and Virginia as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world. With its burgeoning arts and entertainment scene, Charlottesville remains a draw for visitors who attend our array of festivals and events that celebrate music, theater and innovation, not to mention food & wine.  A complete list of accolades can be found here: .



About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB):
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination.  CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."  CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch'd Rd), as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  In addition, the organization manages powerful social media channels; ExperienceCharlottesville on Facebook, @VisitCVille on Twitter, CVilleVA on Pinterest, and @CharlottesvilleVA on Instagram and Vimeo.

About ConventionSouth

Celebrating over 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South, according to O'Connor. A complete list of award winners can be found online at:


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