Macon lands 2011 recreation convention

Macon won its bid to host the 2011 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association annual conference, which is expected to bring in 1,150 hotel room bookings and more than $212,000 over the course of a week, the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Friday.

The last time Macon hosted the convention was 1973. Macon was one of four cities vying for the convention. The others were Jekyll Island, Athens and Columbus. The winner was announced Wednesday night in Jekyll Island.

The CVB, Marriott City Center Hotel and supporting hotels, and the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department worked together on the bid, the CVB said in a news release. CVB convention sales manager Beth Robinson led the effort at a trade show, where she pitched the city to convention delegates “and helped Macon win the votes needed to host this big piece of business,” CVB President and CEO Janice Marshall said in the release.

“Having 1,100 room nights during the month of August is a bonus,” she said.