Hello readers,

You’re invited—to a special experience in our state capital. The Springfield CVB has put together a “Walk Where Lincoln Walked” tour just for meeting planners. This behind-the-scenes tour is led by local experts that will provide a flavor of the historic city and all it has to offer for conferences, small meetings and big events.

Gina Gemberling, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Acting Director, said, “With all we have going on this year, we thought 2015 presented an opportunity to invite planners for hosted one-on-one tours of the city and our facilities. They can observe us doing what we do best, and we will match them with a member of our team to take them on personalized tours of our newly renovated convention center, lodging facilities, off-site venues and, of course, our world-class historic sites and attractions.”

It’s these cost-effective amenities and convenience that have encouraged 10 national organizations to bring business to the city in 2015, including the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, the American Association of Meat Processors, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Maine-Anjou Association, the American Baptist Association, the International Station Wagon Club, the W.P.C. Restorers Club, the 25th and 4th Infantry Divisions Associations, the U.S. Police Canine Association and the SSR Fanatics.

The meeting planner tours will focus on the newly renovated Prairie Capital Convention Center, layout of 4,000 hotel rooms, local dining and the many Abraham Lincoln historic sites, of which the city boasts more than any other place in the world. This year is also the 10th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which is offering special programs, theater performances and exhibits all year long. Meeting planners who would like to take part in this behind-the-scenes tour of Springfield should contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-545-7300. It’s offered throughout all of 2015, though some blackout dates and restrictions may apply.

Also stay tuned for a special Springfield CVB spotlight in Illinois Meetings + Events summer issue!

Happy planning!

Selena Fragassi
Illinois Meetings + Events

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