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  • AN Act of courage in Montgomery Sparked a National Movement... Montgomery is home to Mrs. Rosa McCauley Parks. Rosa Parks became a Civil Rights pioneer in Montgomery by courageously taking a stand and not giving up her seat which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum and Library is a tribute to that memorable movement.
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Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau Awarded Tourism Office of the Year

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Montgomery, AL (October 21, 2014)The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau (MCVB) has been awarded the Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Award for Tourism Office of the Year for tourism offices with budgets greater than $2 million.

MCVB was honored for its work to raise visitor numbers and awareness of Montgomery, Alabama as a tourism destination. Based on data research, the total dollars generated in visitor spending on a typical day in Montgomery equals an impressive $1,305,525.00.

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) presents Shining Examples Awards annually to salute achievements in tourism, which ranks in the top five industries in each of the 12 STS states. Presentation was at the STS Fall Forum in Charleston on Oct. 15.

"These Shining Example Award winners have produced some of the best tourism promotion work in the nation. They truly are shining examples for other tourism professionals," said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.

“This award acknowledges the hard work and worthwhile investment that the City of Montgomery and Montgomery Chamber of Commerce partnership has produced in the past year as visitor numbers and demand for hotel rooms in Montgomery continues to increase,” said Mayor Todd Strange.

Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Its headquarters are in Atlanta. The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, lodging properties, resorts, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, travel media and other travel-related organizations.

About Montgomery, “A Cool Capital City on the Move”
Centrally located along the Alabama River in the heart of the Southeast, Montgomery is steeped in the history of world-changing events and is in the midst of another change – a complete reemergence. From a revitalized downtown to an array of new museums, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, the riverfront capital city is quickly becoming one of the newest must-see travel destinations in the South. Learn more about all that Montgomery has to offer at