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Bureau Partners Receive Tourism Awards for Outstanding Achievements in 2016

Published: Mar 30, 2017

Annual evening of honors & accolades rally local tourism partners for the region’s approaching prime time summer tourism season.

HARRISBURG, PA (March 30, 2017) — Tourism Officials with the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) recognized individuals and local Partner organizations for their outstanding achievements in tourism in the past year during the Annual "Partners In Tourism Awards" held tonight at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

Approximately 150 bureau Partners and tourism supporters attended the event that bureau officials say has become the unofficial launch of the region’s prime tourism season.

“We look forward to this annual event as a time to recognize bureau Partners and honor local tourism stakeholders who have made great strides in the past year,” said Mary Smith, President and CEO of HHRVB. “And it has become an evening of celebration for our Partners who are all ramping up for another busy tourism season.”

Over the years, Partners have expressed to bureau officials how this annual event in the spring offers the rare opportunity for those in the busy tourism industry to reunite with their friends and network with fellow tourism professionals within the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

The evening began with the bureau recognizing eight (8) businesses with “Keepin’ It Fresh” certificates for those who completed or initiated renovations, expansions and improvements this past year.

The bureau also recognized nine (9) Partners with “New Biz On the Block” certificates for opening a tourism-related business within the region in 2016.

The evening’s main event was the announcement of the ten (10) Partners In Tourism Awards” which recognized a variety of individuals, organizations, and events for their outstanding accomplishments in 2016.

Each award winner in this category was honored with a short video produced by the bureau to highlight their achievement.

See a complete list of winners below with photos and links to their Tourism Award Video.

KEEPIN’ IT FRESH & NEW CERTIFICATES 2016

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh Certificate - Armstrong Valley Winery

ABOVE: Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery – Keeping It Fresh with their Expanded Wine Tasting Area & Renovations that have greatly enhanced the tasting experience for guests.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh Certificate - Hershey Lodge

ABOVE: HERSHEY Lodge – For their new 30,000 square-foot Indoor Water Works Pool Complex for Lodge Guests, featuring Twizzlers Twists Water Slides & Reese's Water Walk.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh Certificates - Chocolate World

ABOVE: Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction – For their Reimagined Chocolate Tour attraction with NEW photo & queuing experience, updated storytelling, state-of-the-art animated figures, and a NEW Social Media-Enhanced Finale.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh - Historic Acres of Hershey

ABOVE: Historic Acres of Hershey – For the completion of their 6,000-Square-Foot All-Season Pavilion and Renovations to Expand Event Space in Their Large Rustic Barn.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh - Holiday Inn

ABOVE: Holiday Inn Harrisburg East – For Keeping It Fresh with their Complete Hotel Renovations and NEW On-Site Full-Service Restaurant “IKE’s.”

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh Certificate - The Millworks

ABOVE: The Millworks – For their NEW Small-Batch Brewery & Rooftop Biergarten, providing a gorgeous view of the city skyline while also doubling the seating capacity of the indoor dining area.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Keepin It Fresh Certificate - Troegs Independent Brewing

ABOVE: Tröegs Independent Brewing – For their NEW Splinter Cellar wood-aging dream space and the New “Art of Tröegs” Gallery.

PHOTO UNAVAILABLE:

The Boro Bar & Grill Riverview – For their Riverfront Expansion which enclosed their patio area, creating an all-season dining space with scenic views of the Susquehanna River.

NEW BUSINESS CERTIFICATES 2016

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - Boneshire Brewery

ABOVE: Boneshire Brew Works – This is a brand-new brewery along Derry Street in Swatara Township with a tasting room featuring an open view of the brew house.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - Greystone Public House Restaurant

ABOVE: Greystone Public House – A new dining experience serving a sophisticated yet familiar menu within the completely renovated 18th Century Historic fieldstone home previously occupied by the Mount Hill Tavern along Colonial Road in Lower Paxton Township.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - Outside the Box Escape Room

ABOVE: Outside the Box Escape Room – Harrisburg’s New Escape Room Complex on North 2nd Street has challengers cracking codes, seeking for hidden clues, and working in teams to solve puzzles to escape one of several themed rooms.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - South Mountain Carriage Company

ABOVE: South Mountain Carriage Company On City Island – The newest addition to Harrisburg’s City Island Entertainment Complex offers Elegant Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on the Island or along Harrisburg's Riverfront Park.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - The Lost Pint Pub Crawl Through History Guided Tours

ABOVE: The Lost Pint: Pub Crawl through History – A new guided tour service or “Mobile Classroom” pours over local history, literally, for anyone wanting to learn about the area.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - Walnut Grove Smorgasbord

ABOVE: Walnut Grove Smorgasbord – This family-friendly All-You-Care-To-Eat Restaurant, with seating for up to 240 guest, takes pride in serving dishes “made from scratch” daily.

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business Certificate - Hershey Perplex Escape Room

ABOVE: Hershey Perplex Escape Rooms – This NEW Escape Room Experience in Hershey can be customized to any customer’s skill level – from the novice beginner to the expert escape artist.

PHOTOS UNAVAILABLE:

Black Horse Tavern – This new Hometown Tavern in historic Middletown has a menu to match almost every appetite, and a signature Bloody Mary & Beer concoction that is sure to cure whatever ails you.

Escape Room Hershey AND Hershey Biergarten – This new experience in Hershey is the ultimate in interactive fun with Multiple Themed Escape Rooms & Craft Biergarten.

PARTNERS IN TOURISM AWARDS 2016

“Above & Beyond” – Ralph Vartan, Vartan Group/Cafe 1500

View Above & Beyond Award Video (2:08)

Ralph Vartan - Tourism Award Winner 2016 - "Above & Beyond"

The Above and Beyond Award says - you are not 9-5. It says when your day job is done, you’re first in line to volunteer your personal time, resources and skills to develop, advance and improve local tourism in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“V.I.P – Very Involved Partner” – Nancy Gates, Antique Auto Museum

View VIP Award Video (2:12)

Nancy Gates - Tourism Award Winner 2016 - "VIP Award"

The V.I.P. award says you network like a champion. It says if it’s tourism-related – You. Are. There. It says we can count on you to be active and engaged in HHRVB events and seminars. That your hand is in the air to volunteer at bureau-sponsored booths or exhibits, comp visiting media and assist with sales familiarization tours and client visits in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“Bring It Home”- Colette Silvestri – USA Memory Challenge Championship

View Bring It Home Award Video (2:18)

Colette Silvestri - Tourism Award Winner 2016 - Bring It Home Award

The Bring It Home Award says you know it’s silly to travel to your organization’s yearly meetings when we have the best facilities right here. It says you’ve played a critical role in securing a new annual - or one-time meeting, convention, sporting event, special event or group that has a significant economic impact on the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“Milestone Award”Kipona Festival – 100th Anniversary

View Milestone Award Video - Kipona Festival (2:14)

Kipona Festival - 100th Anniversary - Devan Drebik & Megan Roby - Milestone Award

The Milestone Award says this accomplishment deserves to be recognized. And the positive impact you will continue to have on the Hershey Harrisburg Region is worthy of celebration. Pictured above is Devin Drebik & Megan Roby accepting Milestone Award on behalf of the City of Harrisburg.

 

“Milestone Award”John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion – 250th Anniversary

View Milestone Award Video - John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion (2:17)

Tourism Awards 2016 - Milestone Award - John Harris Simon Cameron Mansion 250th Year

The Milestone Award says this accomplishment deserves to be recognized. And the positive impact you will continue to have on the Hershey Harrisburg Region is worthy of celebration.

 

“Excellence In Programming"Spring Gate Vineyard

View Excellence In Programming Video (2:11)

Tourism Awards 2016 - Excellence In Programming - Spring Gate Vineyard

The Excellence in Programming Award says you're an innovator. You’ve shown exceptional effort in programming events that educate, entertain, and enhance the visitor experience in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“Best New Event”Dino-Mite Summer

View Best New Event Award Video (2:05)

Tourism Awards 2016 - Best New Event - Dino-Mite Summer

Tourism Awards 2016 - Best New Event - Dino-Mite Summer - Dino Selfie

The Best New Event Award says you ran with an idea, swung for the fences, and hit it out of the park with a new annual or one-time event that brought significant economic impact to the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“New Business of the Year”Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works

View New Business of the Year Award Video (2:01)

Tourism Awards 2016 - New Business of the Year - Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works

The New Tourism Business of the Year Award says you've made an impression. It says, that your investment in our region deserves to be recognized and that your continued success is important to the tourism industry in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“New Attraction of the Year”Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens

View New Attraction of the Year Award Video (2:13)

Tourism Awards 2016 - Best New Attractions - Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens

The New Attraction of the Year Award says you've created something special, something unique, something to see & do. It says you embrace the power of progress and that you're clearly committed to the future of tourism in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

 

“Tourism Business of the Year”Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC), John Traynor - Owner

View Tourism Business of the Year Award Video (2:06)

Tourism Awards 2016 - Tourism Business of the Year - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC) - Traynor w Rep Patty Kim

ABOVE: (L-R) Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC) owner John Traynor with State Representative Patty Kim.

Tourism Awards 2016 - Tourism Business of the Year - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC)

The Tourism Business of the Year Award says you've earned a loyal following of visitors and locals alike. It says your business contributes significantly to our area as a tourism destination while also enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

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ABOUT THE HERSHEY HARRISBURG REGIONAL VISITORS BUREAU    

The HHRVB is the official non-profit partnership-based Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) leading economic growth for Pennsylvania’s Hershey & Harrisburg Region through destination marketing and tourism development. The organization, accredited by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) since 2010, is committed to actively marketing the tourism assets in Dauphin & Perry County to business and leisure travelers both domestic & international. The bureau also leads regional sales efforts to attract meeting & event organizers, sporting event producers, and group tour leaders. For more information go to VisitHersheyHarrisburg.org or call 877-727-8573. Media can use #HHRVB and #HHRVB4Media when tagging stories and social media posts related to the region.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Rick@HersheyHarrisburg.org
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Cell: 717.884.3328

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