MAR 2018

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M A R C H 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 Annual CVB Issue! Sponsored Content articipants at conventions in Birmin- gham get a taste of an assortment of entertainment—in cuisine, live music, shopping, the arts, good places, good times—that brings them back time and again. Folks in Birmingham love to cook and love to eat. Bouillabaisse and barbecue. Fried okra and foie gras. Sushi, sweet tea and seven-layer salad. Ribs and rack of lamb. Martinis and meat & three. None of these necessarily in combi- nation, of course. Just a wide wonderful range of dining decisions in a city where food writers from around the world congregate because of its foodie reputation. Variety goes beyond cooking and cuisine, as does Birmingham entertainment. Water recrea- tion and Wedgwood collections. Science centers and skate parks. Mountain biking and museums by the dozen. Pubs and public golf. Boutiques, breweries and baseball. Topgolf was recently added to the entertainment menu, with a new facility adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. With strong local roots, music is plentiful. Jazz, blues, gospel, alternative, rock, country, bluegrass, classical and reggae---all live, all the time. By nature, variety and diversity brings to mind the diversity of our people. Long known as a city of civil rights conflict and reconcilia- tion, Birmingham has matured into a city that embraces the impact of our past, both negative and positive. We preserve that history in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, now a national monument. It is variety that is the city's greatest strength and strongest appeal. And it is this city's charm and amenities that make loyal guests out of first time visitors. n P If Variety Were A Place, It Would Be Birmingham Plannermonial: "Birmingham is that city that makes you feel like you are very special and treats you that way. —Steven Ganzer, President Security Energy Environmental Solutions, LLC " See Ad On Page 60 Steve Pierson, Director of Convention Sales (205) 214-9234 or (800) 458-8085 meeting-planners Birmingham has an international foodie reputation. Charm and amenities bring planners back time and again. Greater Birmingham CVB

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