SEP 2014

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 37 The historic port city of Mobile offers a colorful, international flair, with numerous historic districts, architecturally significant homes and buildings, beautiful gardens and numerous waterways to explore. The city rests along Mobile Bay and its unique estuary eco-system that includes rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. The bay separates Alabamaʼs two coastal counties: Mobile and Baldwin. On the east side of the bay, in Baldwin County, groups will find charming "Eastern Shore" communities. Throughout this coastal region there are dozens of seafood restaurants preparing local favorites like gumbo, oysters on the shell and shrimp PoʼBoys. The summer months are, of course, filled with beachgoers, but the winter also brings an energy like no other as Mobile is home to Americaʼs original Mardi Gras celebration. ■ Those of you that booked meetings in Virginia Beach, Va., know the name Al Hutchinson. Formerly the Vice President of Convention Sales and Service at the Virginia Beach CVB, Al is the new President and CEO of the Mobile Bay CVB. He comes to Mobile with nearly 25 years of experience in the hospitality and destination marketing industry—and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. "There are several key selling points for Mobile Bay: history, port city, water, golfing, seafood, Mardi Gras, architecture, key infrastructure such as the convention center and the people," Hutchinson said, noting that he will work to further let visitors know why Mobile is a "must-see" destination. ■ Welcome Home Al Hutchinson ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E Mobile Top Image: Welcome From Mobile's Azalea Trail Maids Middle Image: Reception a top the USS Alabama Far Right Image: Bar hop in downtown Mobile 3 ideas:

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