Welcome to our special section — highlighting notable convention and visitors bureaus, as well as convention centers — containing essential information for association meeting planners.

Many of the highlighted CVBs and centers are also winners, by the vote of our readership, of our coveted Inner Circle Award for 2002 (see listing below). Readers of Association Meetings magazine chose the winners based on their high level of service, flexible function space, and the quality of food and beverage.

Check out pages 44 through 67 for an overview of what's happening with CVBs and convention centers across the country.

INNER CIRCLE 2002 Award Winners

  • Convention and Visitors Bureaus

    Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
    Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Jamaica Tourist Board
    Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
    New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Portland Oregon Visitors Association
    San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
    St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

  • Convention Centers

    COBO Conference/Exhibition Center, Detroit
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
    Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome, Indianapolis
    Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville
    Las Vegas Convention Center
    McCormick Place, Chicago
    Toronto Congress Centre, Ontario, Canada
    Oncenter Complex: Convention Center, War Memorial, Civic Center Theaters, Syracuse, New York
    Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.