âThe tourism sector is one of the main drivers of Connecticut the economy, âGovernor Malloy said. âThe industry creates jobs, generates tax revenue and contributes to our high quality of life in Connecticut. It is an honor to recognize some of the key individuals who have helped make tourism a vital contributor to our state’s economy. “
The recipients of the 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards are:
- Responsible for the tourist heritage: Virginie kozlowski, executive director, visit New Haven, Connecticut Hosting association, REX DÃ©veloppement
Virginie kozlowski, a 25 year veteran of the hospitality industry, has dedicated his career to promoting tourism and business in Connecticut. Kozlowski has held various leadership roles, from restaurant controller and hotel general manager to president of the New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director of the Connecticut Lodging Association.
Over the course of her career, she has cultivated relationships with countless companies, associations, key stakeholders, legislators and other groups, forging a reputation as a true consensus builder and valuable resource. In doing so, Kozlowski helped advance the goals of the ensemble Connecticut the tourism industry and makes Connecticut a more desirable destination.
- Leader of the year: Jeff Andersen, director, Florence Griswold Museum
Under that of Jeff Andersen leadership, the Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme has been transformed from a hidden secret historic site to one of the state’s first cultural institutions – and one of the nation’s preeminent centers for American Impressionism.
As a steadfast advocate of the arts, Andersen has worked diligently to transform the historic guesthouse, grounds, facilities and collections, creating a world-class experience for artists, enthusiasts, students and others. In 2016, the museum acquired the last remaining parcel of the original Griswold estate, restoring the historic site to completion for the first time since its division in 1937. Andersen will retire in 2018 after 40 years of dedicated leadership.
- Partner of the Year: Connecticut Art Trail
Over the past two decades, dedicated members of the Connecticut Art Trail have worked tirelessly to promote Connecticut rich cultural history and lead tours in the state. Led by the President, Carey weber, the Connecticut Art Trail has grown to include 18 world-class museums and historic sites that jointly market their offerings to support tourism, culture, art and education.
The Connecticut Art Trail unveiled a new Art Passport this spring, which replaces the Art Pass. The Art Passport offers additional benefits, discounts, freebies and a raffle for anyone who visits the 18 member museums in one year.
- Volunteer of the Year: Durham Fair Volunteers
What started as a small event in 1916 has grown into the largest agricultural fair in Connecticut, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond. This growth was fueled by hundreds of volunteers – farmers, professionals, government officials, emergency responders, healthcare professionals, families, students and teachers – who devoted their time and passion to making the event a success year after year. year.
The 100% volunteer-led event, which reinvests a large portion of its profits back into the community, is a testament to the spirit of cooperation in Durham and the surrounding municipalities. Accepting the award on behalf of all these volunteers was Daniel Miramant, who has been president of the Durham Agricultural Fair Association since 2013.
- Rising star: Ben paletski, CEO, South Farms
Ben paletski is the driving force behind South Farms in Morris, one of New England’s premier agricultural destination sites. Over the past four years, Paletsky has expanded the property, which now includes “The White Barn” and “The Morris Marketplace”, attracting thousands of guests to the area each year for weddings, festivals and other events. community.
Paletsky, who is an active member of the business community in Morris and Litchfield County, also attracts a portfolio of complementary entrepreneurial businesses to co-locate on the property, including the state’s largest commercial hop operation.
More than 400 participants from tourism-related businesses, associations and municipalities across the state joined the governor in congratulating the winners. Throughout the day, participants also heard from leading experts in the tourism industry, including the keynote speaker Doug Lansky, and participated in business creation workshops and networking sessions.
Other highlights of the conference included a presentation of last year’s results Connecticut still revolutionary tourism marketing campaign. At the heart of the countryside was the official state tourism website, www.CTvisit.com, which relaunched in april 2016. The completely redesigned website attracted 4.2 million visits last year, an increase of 64% from 2015, and generated 2.2 million referrals for industry partners listed on the site. The state also reported a significant increase in social media engagement and public relations activities.
âThe conference is a unique opportunity for the industry to bring together, learn and celebrate the people and organizations who have devoted more time and energy to helping tourism in Connecticut grow and prosper, âsaid Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Tourist Board. “We look forward to working with every partner in the state to make 2017 an even greater success.”
SOURCE Connecticut Tourism Bureau