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Bridges to receive Fort Worth CVB award in 2017

Grammy-nominated artist Leon Bridges will be “Coming Home” to pick up an award from the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau at the organizations fourth annual meeting and breakfast on Feb. 1, 2017.

The 2017 FWCVB Hospitality Award will be presented to Bridges, who, just a few years back was working at the Del Frisco’s Grille in downtown Fort Worth. The award honors a person, company or organization that has made significant contributions to developing, marketing and delivering visitor experiences for Fort Worth’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Past recipients include Holt Hickman and the museums of the Cultural District.

Bridges is best known for his smooth, Sam Cooke-like soulful vocals. He is best known for his album and song of the same name “Coming Home”, which received regular airplay and was also a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

“Leon Bridges is an amazing ambassador for Fort Worth,” said Bob Jameson, FWCVB president and CEO. “People travel to destinations where there is a vibrant cultural scene, and music is an important part of Fort Worth’s story. Leon has helped put the spotlight back on Fort Worth music and share our story around the world. We are excited to honor him in his hometown.”

The breakfast meeting will take place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The meeting’s theme, “Things to Do,” will pay homage to the growing number of attractions and features that draw visitors to one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The meeting is presented by Pinnacle Bank.

The keynote address will be given by Jay Baer, the most retweeted person in the world by digital marketers. Baer is a five-time New York Times best-selling author and international expert on technology, marketing and customer service.

The meeting will highlight innovations in marketing to leisure, business and international travelers; tourism’s growing impact on the local economy and jobs; and recent initiatives such as Fort Worth Sports Marketing and the Fort Worth Film Commission.

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