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

Many of the featured CVBs, centers, and tourist boards are also winners, by the vote of our readership, of our coveted Inner Circle Award for 2006 (see listing below). Readers of Association Meetings magazine chose these winners based on their high level of service, flexible function space, and the quality of food and beverage.

Check out pages 58 through 92 for a look at some of what's new with our highlighted CVBs, tourist boards, and convention centers.

CVBs and Tourist Boards

Visit Charlotte (N.C.)
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Experience Columbus (Ohio)
Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greensboro (N.C.) Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Irving (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jamaica Tourist Board
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitor's Association
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention Centers

Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta
COBO Conference/Exhibition Center, Detroit
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, Va.
Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu
Las Vegas Convention Center
Lexington (Ky.) Convention Center
McCormick Place, Chicago
Oncenter Complex: Convention Center, War Memorial, Civic Center Theaters, Syracuse, N.Y.
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade
Center, Washington, D.C.
San Diego Convention Center
Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center
Toronto Congress Centre

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