Winners Will Be Honored at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala January 28, 2013 in New York

Macon, Georgia- The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will recognize The Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MBCCVB) with a Gold Adrian Award for digital marketingexcellence for its winning entry in the 56th annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally.

This year's contest attracted more than 1,100 entries from around the world, with entries judged by top executives from all sectors of the industry.  On January 28, 2013, HSMAI will pay tribute to the MBCCVB during the annual HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala, a black-tie affair attended by more than 1,000 hospitality, travel and tourism marketing executives at the New York Marriott Marquis.

"We are very excited to receive this prestigious award and recognition. The new website design is more user-friendly, visually appealing, and allows for easier navigation for anyone planning a meeting, tour, or visit to Macon. We saw an immediate and positive reaction to the new look, and believe that the overall site is a better reflection of the city and region" said Monica Smith, MBCCVB President & CEO.

 "The bar is continuously set higher each year in regards to the quality of Adrian Awards submissions we receive," said Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president. "This year's winners in travel advertising,  public relations, and digital marketing exemplified marketing innovation that led to outstanding results, and demonstrated the power of marketing integration across all channels.  We look forward to celebrating all this exceptional work with the industry and recognizing the remarkable winners at the Adrian Awards Gala."

In addition to celebrating the MBCCVB's award-winning work, the Gala and dinner reception honors lifetime achievement, as well as the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing." for more information on the event and competition.

About HSMAI | The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. HSMAI provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI's MEETAdrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. For more information about HSMAI, visit

About MBCCVB |The mission of the MBCCVB is to unify and lead our community in marketing the Macon Bibb County area as a superior visitor and meeting destination. Focusing on the Leisure, Group Tour, and Meetings markets, the MBCCVB is the non-profit destination marketing organization of Macon and Bibb County. For more information about the MBCCVB, visit