In conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, yesterday, Visit Bucks County handed out awards during its Travel & Tourism Annual Awards breakfast.

The program honors industry employees and organizations for their accomplishments, service and leadership. The awards included Hospitality Leadership Award, Guest Excellence Award, Community Service Award and the Rising Star Award.

One of this year’s winners was Natalie Blumberg, director, sales and marketing, Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Quakertown, Penn., who received the Hospitality Leadership Award, which goes to the person who has all of the qualities needed to be a good leader, while also directs and motivates his or her staff, ultimately driving tourism and increasing visitation to Bucks County.

“She is truly passionate about her role in the hospitality industry,” said Tara Ditt Betz, regional director, hotel operations, Wankawala Organization, Philadelphia, which owns the property. “Natalie continues to prove herself time and time again.  She is a true professional who goes out of her way to create the exceptional guest experience.  We are very lucky to have her on our team”.

Ultimately, the awards help to instill pride in those who work within the industry and give them acknowledgement of the hard work they do each and every day.

“With tourism as the second largest industry in Bucks County, generating $895 million in economic impact and supporting 11,670 jobs, it is important to recognize those in frontline and mid-management positions who interact directly with visitors,” says Paul Bencivengo, vice president, Visit Bucks County. “The men and women here today represent the outstanding talent, dedication and service of Bucks County”.

North of Philadelphia, Bucks County is celebrating their record-breaking amount of visitors.  

In 2018, the county welcomed 8.15 million visitors, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2017 and achieved a record-breaking $1.1 billion in total economic impact. With such numbers, the hospitality industry is taking full advantage.  

As Bucks County tourist status rises, for the travelers who are searching for a local experience, Bucks County is filled with breweries, independent restaurants, and hidden gems to visit.  

 

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