Macon, Georgia- The Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MBCCVB) will host its 35th annual meeting Thursday, January 21st at Middle Georgia State University from 12 - 2 p.m. The MBCCVB annual meeting will serve as the official launch of our new destination and community brand “Where Soul Lives”. The meeting will also include a tourism awards ceremony and presentation of year-end results for the leisure, meetings & convention and group tour markets.

The 2015 Otis Hughes Tourism Spirit and B.J. Cain Top of the Line awards will be presented during the tourism awards ceremony. The Otis Hughes Tourism award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to the Macon tourism industry and has given unending time, talent and skill to support Macon’s tourism growth. The B.J. Cain Top of the Line award is presented to a person who works directly with a visitor at an attraction, restaurant and/or lodging property and goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide an exemplary experience for the visitor.

The meeting will also include a community branding panel discussion featuring Donna Carpenter, President & CEO of Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marcy Jarrett, Executive Director of Visit Enid and Randy Newcomb, Executive Director of Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. The panel will be moderated by Charles Aiken, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Middle Georgia State University.    

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. For more information, please visit