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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congratulations 2010 Tourism Award Winners!

Categories: Arts & Culture

Last night, the Bloomington/Monroe County CVB hosted our annual tourism awards reception to celebrate National Tourism Week. For those of you thinking that National Tourism Week was last week - you're right! We're celebrating a week late this year because the Dalai Lama was in town last week. and we didn't want to detract from his visit.

This year's reception was held at pictura gallery, located downtown on the north side of the courthouse square. A wonderful venue for a small reception, we were surrounded by photographic art in a comfortable atmosphere. Thanks pictura, for having us! The event was catered by the Scholars Inn Bakehouse and the food was incredible, so thank you also to Scholars Inn for helping us put on a very successful event!

Now, on to the winners! These are the best of the best in Bloomington's $280 million per year tourism industry. Congratulations to them all. Be sure to check them out next time you're in town!

         Best Restaurant or Bar- Upland Brewing Company

         Best Art or Entertainment Attraction- Cardinal Stage Company

         Best Festival or Event- 4th Street Festival

         Best Outdoor Attraction- Charles Deam Wilderness Area

         Best Uniquely Bloomington Attraction- B-Line Trail

         Best IU Attractions- Mathers Museum of World Cultures

         Best Lodging Property- Crowne Plaza

         Tourism Partner of the Year- Indiana Geological Survey

         Host of the Year- Skip Higgins, Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour

         Manager of the Year- Chad Rabinovitz & Gabe Gloden,  Bloomington Playwrights Project

         Front Line Employee of the Year- Jody Figg, Indiana Memorial Union

         Behind the Scenes Employee of the Year- Dan Kauffman, Markey's Rental & Staging inside the Bloomington Convention Center

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.