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”.

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.