Montgomery Chamber CVB receives prestigious tourism award

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Montgomery, AL - The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) was honored during the Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Fall Meeting on September 10, 2009. The CVB received the Shining Example Award of Visual Excellence for a newly created tourism promotional video.

The 2009 Shining Example Awards program was part of the 26th annual fall meeting of STS. It was held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga. "Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow," said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.

The Visual Excellence Award is given to the nominee who shows the best use of video or photography for a destination. Through the creation of the new film, the Montgomery CVB's vision was for the attractions to the story of Montgomery, in their own words. Who better to share the journey Montgomery has traveled than its historians, city leaders and attraction directors?

The fifteen minute video, Visiting Montgomery, is played every quarter hour in the Visitor Center Theatre. DVDs of the video have been distributed to meeting planners throughout the country. The video is posted on the CVB's newly re-designed website and an abbreviated version (10 minute version) of the video is shown on the CVB's YouTube channel. These outlets are all integral to the marketing efforts of the CVB - to bring tourists, meetings and groups to the Capital City. In addition, several of the hoteliers in Montgomery are broadcasting the video on their local hotel channels, to entice their guests to enjoy all Montgomery has to offer.

Courageous. Visionary. Rebellious. These are words depicting Montgomery's personality and character in the CVB video. But, the voices of impassioned historians and life-long residents portray a greater story. They describe a journey of national change that began over 150 years ago - and invite visitors to experience the work and legacies of the many heroes who walked the streets of the Capital City.