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”.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.