April 6, 2009

Bloomington, MN – Meetings and Conventions Magazines has named Bloomington, MN one of the Best Value Cities to hold a meeting in the United States. After conducting in-depth research and consultation with several lodging research analysts, Meeting and Conventions magazine selected Bloomington, along with Alexandria, VA, Austin, TX, Durham, N.C., Indianapolis, IN and Savannah, GA to be honored with this distinction.

Planners are giving Bloomington a second look when choosing a meeting destination for numerous reasons highlighted in the article. With revitalizations projects planned and enhanced infrastructures, Bloomington has quietly enhanced a second-tier city in the shadow of two major downtowns, into a destination that is both meeting and family friendly with a wide variety of options to explore.

Dan O’Neill, Vice President of Strategy and Sales comments about the distinction, ”We are thrilled to get this honor we have known it for many years!. It is nice to get recognized.”

Bloomington is a mecca for shopping with Mall of America in the heart of the city, the convenient Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line which connects riders easily to the mall, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis and has over 8,000 acres of open green space including the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge.

Along with 36 hotels featuring over 75,000 square feet of meeting space, a new airline carrier entering the Twin Cities market and convenience, Bloomington is one of the best cities to host your next meetings. To read the complete article, click this link: http://www.mcmag.com/article_ektid24012.aspx?terms=*minnesota*.

The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official marketing organization for the City of Bloomington and aggressively markets Bloomington, Minnesota, area attractions, and the surrounding communities, to visitors around the world. Bloomington is located adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul, just minutes from the International Airport, is the home of Mall of America, and is a premier destination for meetings, conventions, and tourism. For visitor information, special offers and to book hotel rooms online visit bloomingtonmn.org.