Winners Announced for Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction at National Travel Rally Day Celebration
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) celebrated National Travel Rally Day with the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction, Tuesday, May 7th in front of a sold-out crowd at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. Three finalists in each of seven categories were highlighted at a special, locally-sourced breakfast catered by Simply Gourmet that included premier products from Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Irving Farm Coffee, Hudson Valley Fresh dairy products and Soukup Farms maple syrup. Central Hudson was the event’s Platinum Sponsor.
Winners in each category (in bold) received beautiful, hand-crafted awards made by Hudson Beach Glass:
The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Fishkill Farms
Finalists were: 40 Cannon Street, Omega Institute
Arts Award of Distinction: Clove Creek Dinner Theater
Finalists were: BeaconArts, MJN – Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center
Culinary Award of Distinction: Terrapin Restaurant
Finalists were: Sloop Brewing Co. @ the Factory, Taste New York Store at Todd Hill/Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Family Entertainment Award of Distinction: SplashDown Beach
Finalists were: Four Brothers Drive-In, Lilymoore Farm
History Award of Distinction: Bannerman Castle Trust
Finalists were: Beacon Historical Society, Historic Red Hook
Outdoors Award of Distinction: Malouf’s Mountain Campground
Finalists were: Dover Stone Church, Orvis Sandanona
Hospitality Award of Distinction: Scott Koster, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
Finalists were: Janett Pabon, Hotel Tivoli & The Corner Restaurant, Djan Paunovic, Terrapin Restaurant
“Our awards of distinction recognize local businesses that go above and beyond, providing exceptional experiences to visitors, a hallmark of all that makes us Distinctly Dutchess,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “I congratulate this year’s finalists and winners, including Fishkill Farms, the winner of the County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction, and we thank all those recognized today for their dedication to telling the Dutchess County story. Each offers an incredible variety of high-quality programming and attractions – from every sector and corner of our county – and they showcase the myriad different experiences we have for travelers and residents alike here in Dutchess County.”
National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 5–11 this year, was established by a congressional order in 1983. The week-long celebration, and especially National Travel Rally Day, serves to champion the power of travel and the impactful contributions tourism makes to the US economy. Tourism supports 11,239 jobs in Dutchess and in 2017, tourists spent $601.5 million dollars in the county and contributed over $43 million in local sales tax. For more statistics and information on Dutchess Tourism's accomplishments over the past year, watch the 2018 Year in Review video.
“Even after six years, recognizing our exceptional tourism partners at our Annual Awards of Distinction never gets old. The reason we have so many repeat visitors and more and more new visitors each year, is because our lodging sites, restaurants and attractions work together to provide a truly unforgettable experience,” said Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “Congratulations to today’s winners; their unwavering commitment to exceeding the expectations of visitors, whether from abroad or across the street, is unprecedented.”
Preceding the Awards Brunch, there was a Brochure Exchange outside the FDR Library & Museum, where tourism-related businesses were given a free opportunity to network with other attractions, accommodations, organizations, event promoters and transportation firms. Participating businesses connected and collaborated with industry peers at the start of the busy tourism season.
Dutchess Tourism appreciates all the event sponsors in addition to Platinum Sponsor Central Hudson. Gold sponsors were Homewood Suites by Hilton, Moves Magazine, and J6 MediaWorks. Silver sponsors were the 40 Cannon Street, BBG&G Advertising & PR, Hudson Valley Renegades, Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, Hyde Park Brewing Company, Luminary Media, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Taconic Region, Poughkeepsie Galleria, The Culinary Institute of America, and Trevor Zoo. Bronze sponsors were Adams Fairacre Farms, Crush & Varma Law Group P.C., Fortress Financial Advisory, LLC, Hotel Tivoli & The Corner Restaurant, Hudson Valley Concierge, Mount Gulian Historic Site, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck, and Villa Borghese Caterers.
About Dutchess Tourism
Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 17 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess Tourism is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.
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