Hard work, dedication and innovation pay off! San Diego Tourism Authority has been honored with a highly distinguished award by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine. The 2015 Gold Service Elite award was established to acknowledge the “best of the best”—the Top 5 convention and visitors bureaus—as measured by total votes cast – among all Gold Service winners.
“We are honored by this accolade from the industry’s most discerning audience. Meeting planners have many choices and we appreciate their acknowledgement of our dedication and service to their needs,” says Margie Sitton, Sr. Vice President of Sales for San Diego Tourism Authority.
M&C‘s readers, relying on their overall industry expertise, nominated and selected 97 domestic and international CVBs to earn the 2015 Gold Service award, with only five reaching the Gold Service ‘Elite’ distinction. The voters used a strict set of criteria for their selections: professionalism of staff; support on hotels and site inspections; assistance with ground transportation planning; guidance on local attractions; and liaison with local vendors and services.
“Consistently exceeding expectations, and providing the highest-level of service and professionalism truly has set these exceptional bureaus apart. M&C readers recognize the value the partnerships provided by these ‘Elite’ bureaus can provide to the overall event experience,“ states David Blansfield, Executive Vice President/Group Publisher, Northstar Meeting Group.
“Excelling above their peers, the 2015 Gold ‘Elite’ winners and their staffs should be commended by the entire industry for setting the standard for service. M&C’s entire staff joins our readers in congratulating the five superior CVBs who have strived to develop working partnerships with meeting professionals.”
San Diego Tourism Authority is now part of a select group of Gold Service winners who have earned the distinguished Gold Service “Elite” status.