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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Local Tourism Organizations Awarded & Celebrated

Categories: press releases

May 19, 2010 For release May 20, 2010

Media Contact:
Mike McAfee, mike@visitbloomington.com, 812-355-7720

Local Tourism Organizations Awarded & Celebrated

Bloomington, Ind. – To celebrate National Tourism Week, the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a reception on May 19 at the Pictura Gallery in downtown Bloomington. This reception was attended by local tourism industry professionals, and awards were presented to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, and collaboration in the last year. The 2010 winners are:

· 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)
· 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)

The local tourism industry generates over $280 million in economic impact each year, bringing in two million visitors and creating nearly 4,000 jobs. This important industry is made up of hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries, shops and a variety of other attractions.

“Whether it’s someone visiting an IU student, attending a conference in town or simply here for fun, the tourism industry affects all of our lives because it positively stimulates Monroe County’s economy making it a better place to live, work and visit. We can’t thank all of our partners enough, including these award winners, every lodging property and hundreds of other stakeholders, for making this industry as strong as it is,” said Mike McAfee, Executive Director, Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The BMCCVB’s mission is to maximize and grow the economic impact of visitor spending in Monroe County through the promotion of the area as a destination for all kinds of travelers

More information is available at www.visitbloomington.com.