The Editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South, have officially announced their Hot Picks for the 2013 “Southern Hospitality Cities.” The list is comprised of one city from each state in the South (15 states total) and cities were selected based on in-depth research that focused on the following categories:

  • Historical/Quintessential Tourism Areas
  • Service Standards, Politeness
  • Visitor-Friendly Traditions
  • Community Pride“It is with great honor to recognize Baton Rouge as Louisiana’s ‘Southern Hospitality City’ and one of 15 ‘Southern Hospitality Cities’ from across the South,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock. “Southern hospitality is a unique quality that destinations in the South have, and it’s more than just politeness, it’s a complete state-of-mind that collectively becomes a community-wide state-of-being. This includes a destination’s charming history and traditions. From its historical ambiance to its genuinely cordial people, Baton Rouge especially stands out as a destination with Southern hospitality. Meeting planners from across the country who are seeking a charming destination where true Southern hospitality makes their attendees feel safe and welcomed will find that Baton Rouge is an excellent option for their meetings and events.”

Following the announcement, Paul Arrigo, President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge said, “It is such a tremendous honor to be named “Southern Hospitality City” since we strive to deliver a warm and friendly experience to our visitors every day. Seven years ago, we launched a hospitality training program for our industry partners to provide front-line staff members in hotels, attractions and restaurants the most up-to-date information on what to experience in Baton Rouge and how to make visitors feel welcome in our city. We have trained over 1,200 front-line employees to deliver outstanding service to visitors for meetings and events. After all, this is our home and we want them to feel at home too!”