Dutchess Hosts Annual Tourism Rally, Awards Of Distinction

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Celebrate the 33rd Annual National Travel and Tourism Week at the Dutchess Tourism Rally and Annual Awards of Distinction. 

The New York State Travel Industry Association recently recognized Dutchess Tourism for excellence.
The New York State Travel Industry Association recently recognized Dutchess Tourism for excellence. Photo Credit: Facebook

On Thursday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a free brochure exchange in the parking lot of The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. 

This event will include the following: 

  • Press conference to highlight tourism's economic impact
  • Updates on key events coming to Dutchess County in 2016 and how you can take advantage
  • Brochure exchange with other tourism businesses from Dutchess County. 

Bring a minimum of 200 brochures to share. Stick around for the second anniversary Luncheon at noon and the announcement of the winners of the Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction. Tickets are $50 and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit their website

This year's finalists are: The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction Dia:Beacon Crown Maple at Madava Farms Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College Arts Award of Distinction The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck Daryl’s House Restaurant & Music Club Wassaic Project Culinary Award of Distinction Main Street Hospitality Montgomery Place Orchards Oliver Kita Fine Chocolates Family Entertainment Award of Distinction Mid-Hudson Civic Center/McCann Ice Arena Spins Bowl Trevor Zoo History Award of Distinction Friends of the Irondale School House Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Wilderstein Historic Site Outdoors Award of Distinction Clearwater William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail NY-NJ Trail Conference 

Nominate someone on your team, who goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service, for the Hospitality Award of Distinction. Submit a brief description of why you think that they are a worthy recipient to Lydia Higginson. Entries must be received by April 13, 2016. RSVP to Lydia Higginson at 845-463-5547 or

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