The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau has been named among the best destination marketing organization in Southern California by readers of California Meetings + Events Magazine.

The visitors bureau was honored as the best destination marketing organization in Southern California for areas with less than 100,000 in population during a recent award ceremony held by the magazine.

“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition from the meetings and events industry, which is comprised of our valued clients, colleagues and partners,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“We look forward to celebrating this award with our local community because it is only through collaboration with our board of directors, hospitality industry, city and many other local partners that we are able to serve our clients and promote Santa Monica as the premiere beach destination that it is.”

The recognition comes on the heels of a number of recent accolades received in Santa Monica by the destination and its businesses, including “Top Ten Beach Cities in the World” by National Geographic, one of “America’s Best Downtowns” by Forbes and “Best Farmers Market in America” by Travel + Leisure.