DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is celebrating National Tourism Week and 32 years of helping the tourism industry in Dutchess grow.
Over the years, tourism has become a major contributor to the economy of the Hudson Valley region. In 1984 visitor spending was $94 million, generating $950,000 in sales tax. By 2014, that figure had jumped to $508 million in spending and $35.9 million in local sales tax.
In recognition of those who have helped along the way, the agency presented the Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction at the May 5 celebration. The Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction Finalists are:
- The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Dia: Beacon; Crown Maple at Madava Farms, and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College;
- Arts Award of Distinction: The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck; Daryl’s House Restaurant and Music Club, and the Wassaic Project;
- Culinary Award of Distinction: Main Street Hospitality; Montgomery Place Orchards, and Oliver Kita Fine Chocolates;
- Family Entertainment Award of Distinction: Mid-Hudson Civic Center/McCann Ice Arena; Spins Bowl, and Trevor Zoo;
- History Award of Distinction: Friends of the Irondale School House; Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome and Wilderstein Historic Site;
- Outdoors Award of Distinction: Clearwater; William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, and the NY-NJ Trail Conference;
- Hospitality Award of Distinction: Krista Borrero, Hilton Garden Inn, Fishkill; Anna Petersen, Hampton Inn, Fishkill; and Kerri Travis, Crown Maple at Madava Farms.
Before the awards luncheon there was a Brochure Exchange, Tourism Rally Day and Press Conference in the parking lot of The Grandview. This is the 33rd Annual National Tourism Week, celebrated from May 1 to 7. Learn more from the US Travel Association at this link.
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