Pensacola’s Patriotic Spirit Lands It A Spot On ConventionSouth’s Top Ten Best List

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Pensacola’s Patriotic Spirit Lands It A Spot On ConventionSouth’s Top Ten Best List
By: Kelly Woodard

ConventionSouth Magazine, the leading resource for meeting planners who book all types of events, conventions, conferences and group travel in the south, has named Pensacola to the 2014 Top Ten list of the “South’s Five-Star Destinations for Military & Public Service Groups.”
According to a press release, the chosen cities made the list based on their “all-American patriotic spirit, appreciation discounts, patriotic festivals and attractions, and local public-service organizations such as veteran legions and law enforcement fraternal orders.”
Visit Pensacola’s Operations Manager
and retired command sergeant major in the United States Army, Larry Orvis, works closely with military outlets here along the gulf coast to plan reunions, concerts, and other various gatherings for military personnel and their families. Orvis believes that Pensacola’s deep military roots and patriotic attractions played a major role in Pensacola being awarded a spot in the list.
In a written statement on Tuesday, Orvis said, “Places like the National Naval Aviation Museum, Veteran’s Memorial Park, our historic district and a welcoming community make the Pensacola Bay Area a perfect reunion location for our military heroes.”
In addition to the actual locations Pensacola has to offer for military and public service groups, Orvis said that events like the upcoming Blue Angels airshow and homecoming show have helped boost Pensacola’s appeal to the magazine. “Even if you aren’t personally involved in the military, it’s hard not to feel its influence on our community,” he said.
Lieutenant General Duane D. Thiessen, USMC (Ret) President and CEO of the National Aviation Museum Foundation added, “Pensacola has always been a harmony of local citizens, local businesses, and the military in the perfect setting. It would be hard to beat our beaches, our weather, and the cohesive society, which we all enjoy in Pensacola. If you are Military stationed in Pensacola, if you live in Pensacola, if you work in Pensacola, or if you are just passing through….you are blessed.”
Based in Gulf Shores, Ala., ConventionSouth Magazine is the leading meeting planning resource and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South.
For more information about the Pensacola Bay Area or to request a 2014 Visitor Guide, call Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234 or (850) 434-1234. You can also view the guide online at VisitPensacola.com.