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Friday, May 16, 2008

2008 Bloomington Hospitality Awards Presented

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     Mike McAfee, 812.355.7720 or mike@visitbloomington.com


     Tosha Daugherty, 812.334.8900 or tosha@visitbloomington.com


Annual Bloomington Hospitality Awards

Presented on May 16th


Several area businesses and individuals among those honored.


Bloomington – The 6th Annual Bloomington Hospitality Award were presented during an open house at the Bloomington Visitors Center on Friday, May 16. The Hospitality Awards are presented each year during National Tourism Week by the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to highlight the local tourism industry.  


Tourism is the world’s largest industry, and a vital part of this area’s economy, employing nearly 4,000 people in the Bloomington area. Each of these tourism industry employees works hard every day to ensure that visitors have a positive experience when they come to Bloomington. Visitors to Monroe County account for over $250 million in economic impact to the community each year. The Hospitality Awards are a way to recognize and thank local attractions and individuals that help make Bloomington and Monroe County a great place to visit. This year’s award winners are:


Meetings & Conventions                       

   Meeting Planner of the Year                           Michelle Smith, ACUI

   Host of the Year                                              Indiana DNR, NAAMLP Conference 

   Best Local Host                                               Amy Piper, Infant Toddler Specialists of Ind.



   Best Local Host                                               Brian Wilson, IU Fencing Club


Tourism Industry Awards                                

   Best Restaurant or Bar                                    Yogi’s Grill & Bar

   Best Art/Entertainment Attraction                 John Waldron Arts Center

   Best Festival/Event                                         Downtown GalleryWalk

   Best IU Attraction                                           Lilly Library

   Best Outdoor Attraction                                 Oliver Winery Gardens

   Best Uniquely Bloomington Attraction           Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

   Best Lodging Property                                    Homewood Suites

   Hospitality Partner of the Year                       Jennifer Harper, Hampton Inn

   Manager of the Year                                       Michael Fox, Lennie’s

   Front Line Employee of the Year                    Pam Feeney, Oliver Winery

   Behinds the Scenes Employee of the Year       Heather Elmore, Eagle Pointe Resort


As part of the celebration of National Tourism Week, the CVB also sponsored a tour of several local area attractions on Thursday, May 15th. The tour was open to employees from the area’s lodging industry and served to highlight attractions that hotel guests might be interested in visiting during their stay in Bloomington. Participants in the tour were able to visit attractions both in the community and on the IU campus to learn more about what visitors to the Bloomington area might experience. Attractions that provided tours to the group included the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, the Monroe County History Center, the Lilly Library, the IU Auditorium, the IU Art Museum, the Kinsey Institute and the Oliver Winery.


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