The Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau (MBCVB) announces that the City of Mobile will host the 2012 National Convention of the Marine Corps League. The convention, which is held annually at locations throughout the U.S., will bring between 4,000 and 5,000 Marine Corps League and Auxiliary members and guests from throughout the nation to Mobile for the weeklong event. It is scheduled for August 12-18, 2012, and will be hosted by the Mobile based P.L. Wilson Detachment #447 of the Marine Corps League. “It is a tremendous opportunity and privilege to be able to host the 2012 National Convention in the great city of Mobile,” commented Cal Walters, Chairman of the Local Convention Bid Committee.
“This is a first not only for Mobile, but the entire State of Alabama, and we are excited to show off all that the Mobile area has to offer in 2012.” With an estimated economic impact of between $17 and $18 million, this convention has been on the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau’s radar for quite some time. Leon Maisel, President and CEO of the MBCVB, remarked “This is the perfect example of the ideal convention and meetings business that we go after. Hosting a convention of this size in what is typically one of our slower months for both business and leisure visitors translates into a tremendous opportunity for many businesses throughout our city to experience a marked increase in sales and activity.”
The Battle House and Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotels will serve as anchor hotels for the event and due to the size of this convention many other local hotels will help to house a portion of the attendees as well. The Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center will be the site of the group’s business sessions, exhibits and training sessions. The week’s events will include daily business meetings for both the League and the Auxiliary, a memorial service in remembrance of fallen members, and a Friday evening banquet and awards ceremony. Attendees will also be treated to numerous excursions and activities throughout Mobile County and the surrounding area. “We’re certainly pleased that the Marine Corps League has selected Mobile for its upcoming convention,” Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said. “The city is a perfect site to host this convention, which highlights the value and importance of the men and women in the Marines. We welcome their visit and applaud their decision to be in Mobile.”
For more information on the Mobile Bay CVB please see www.mobile.org.