The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), which markets all of the state as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events, has been named a winner of Smart Meetings magazine’s 11th annual Platinum Choice Award. The CTCSB is the only convention bureau in New England to be honored with this award. Smart Meetings magazine is the industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals.


“We are very gratified that our Bureau’s intensive work to bring meetings, conventions and sports events to Connecticut has been recognized by so many in our industry nationwide,” explains H. Scott Phelps, Interim President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “The millions of dollars in revenue generated by this business is important to our State and local economies, and greatly benefits the residents of our state.”


This prestigious award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. An additional category recognizes outstanding services by destination marketing organizations and convention and visitor bureaus across North America. Winners earn this recognition by setting exemplary standards in a range of categories, including ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, meeting packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining facilities, and technical support. The honorees are chosen by Smart Meetings readers, who vote for their favorites, with additional input from editors and industry experts.


 “The 2014 winners reflect the diversity of destinations and properties available to meet the needs of meeting planners,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and publisher. “These organizations, hotels and resorts exemplify the professional standards expected by event professionals and attendees. We are proud to honor industry leaders that celebrate excellence, innovation, exemplary service and facilities to help make meetings and events extraordinary for planners and attendees.”


The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and the other honorees will be celebrated in the December 2014 issue of Smart Meetings magazine and on For the complete list of 2014 winners, go to


The Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau (CTCSB) works in partnership with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and surrounding communities to market all of Connecticut – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. The public-private partnership is funded by dues from members and by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Office of Tourism. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. For more information about the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, visit or call 860-728-6789.


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