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14 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 J ust a few hours into the conference, delegates were whisked off to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario for a Super Bowl party on the floor of the arena. It featured delicious stadium-type food and drinks and what turned out to be one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. It was shown on arena video boards and screens on the floor. Delegates sat in comfy couches, as if watch- ing at home. Fans wore their favorite NFL jerseys and, of course, Patriots and Falcons fans stood out. "Does the Ontario CVB know how to throw a Super Bowl party or what," Joe Cappuzzello, conference president and CEO, asked the crowd. "I just loved the football game but was sorry we lost," said Falcons fan Barbara Bowen of Barb's Travel Club in Cedartown, Georgia. "The party was wonderful and the food so good. I enjoyed every minute of it and stayed to the end." Jessica Tibbetts of the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, New Hampshire, was im- pressed, too. "The Super Bowl party was incredible. It was fun to walk in on the red carpet and be on the arena floor with all the big screens." The second night's dinner and entertainment was sponsored by the Greater Louisville Con- vention and Visitors Bureau, which will host the conference in 2018. "We believe there is no better way for us to sell Louisville as a destination to group tour planners than to have them first experience Louisville themselves," said the CVB's Nicole Twigg. A live band prompted delegates to hit the dance floor for a night of fun. Other mealtime en- tertainment during the conference included Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable imper- sonators. Delegates also enjoyed Spanish guitar players and singers and a youthful jazz band. A N D T H E E N T E R T A I N M E N T DERBY SHINE SUPER BOWL BY DAN DICKSON

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