Columbia, SC Wins 2008 Best Block Award At The Annual SCSAE Tradeshow

January 28, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – January 28, 2008 – Representatives from the Columbia region to include the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC), Embassy Suites Hotel, the Clarion Downtown Hotel, the Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC, the Hilton Columbia Center, the Marriott Columbia City Center, the Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, and the Hyatt Place won “2008 Best Block” at this year’s South Carolina Society of Association Executives (SCSAE) Trade Show which was held Thursday, January 24, 2008 at the CMCC.  The trade show featured more than 85 exhibitor booths including three blocks.

Crystal Morris, director of sales for the Columbia CVB recounted, “Working together with hospitality partners for the Columbia Metropolitan area is always enjoyable. From our first SCSAE tradeshow meeting to the conclusion of the show everyone contributed to our booth the “2008 Best Block”. Upon hearing we won the award we knew our effort had paid off!”

SCSAE is an organization of chief executive officers and professional staff who manage a variety of trade, professional and nonprofit associations as well as companies that provide products and services to the association community. Organized in 1963, SCSAE now has more than 250 association executives, meeting planners, association staff members and business partners as members.  The mission of SCSAE is to promote and enhance the achievement of association management professionals.

The mission of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling the region, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel and by working cooperatively with the hospitality community providing informative materials and assistive services that enhance and promote the desired image of the Columbia Riverbanks Region. To visit the bureau’s comprehensive website, logon to

The mission of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is to provide a first-class venue offering superior operations management and state-of-the-science amenities for the successful coordination of meetings, conventions, tradeshows, entertainment and other special events utilizing the facility; enhancing the economic viability and image of the Columbia Riverbanks Region. To learn more about the Convention Center, visit or call (803) 545-000.