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Friday, May 15, 2009

Congratulations 2009 Hospitality Award Winners

Categories: Arts & Culture

It was a beautiful night to be outdoors in Bloomington last night. Thankfully, the weather cleared up and our annual hospitality awards reception was held in the courtyard at the new Showers Inn B&B at the corner of 9th and Washington Streets. The atmosphere was beautiful, the company was great and there was even live music from Sarah's Swing Set!

This was the 7th annual presentation of awards to honor outstanding attractions and individuals in the Bloomington/Monroe County tourism industry. Tourism in this area is a $250 million per year industry that employs approximately 4,000 people, making it the third largest industry in Monroe County. This year's award recipients consistently go above and beyond the call of duty in making sure that our visitors have a wonderful time in Bloomington. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!

Best Restaurant or Bar - Uptown Café

Best Art or Entertainment Attraction - SoFA Gallery

Best Festival or Event - IU Little 500 Bicycle Race

Best Outdoor Attraction - Bloomington Speedway

Best Uniquely Bloomington Attraction - Butler Winery

Best IU Attraction - IU Dept. of Astronomy, Kirkwood Observatory

Best Lodging Property  - Grant Street Inn

Hospitality Partner of the Year - Barb Heflin, Holiday Inn Express

Manager of the Year - Donna Brown, Indiana Memorial Union

Front Line Employee of the Year - Marc Tschida, John Waldron Arts Center

Behind the Scenes Employee of the Year - Melissa Clark, Century Suites

Best Local Host - Sarah Nagy, GLACURH Conference

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.