Charleston CVB Honors Local Tourism People’s Choice Award Winners
The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) honored local employees and businesses in the tourism industry Tuesday evening during an awards ceremony at the Bully Trap.
“Each year we come together to celebrate the value of tourism in our community and recognize our tourism industry partners who help make our city an appealing destination - one that is attractive to citizens and visitors alike,” said CVB President/CEO Alisa Bailey.
For the fourth year, the CVB asked residents and visitors to nominate and subsequently vote for their favorite restaurant, lodging, specialty drink and dish, attraction, retail outlet, dessert shop, nightlife spot, family activity and event for its Tourism People’s Choice Awards.
Winners in each category, include:
• Favorite Restaurant – Bluegrass Kitchen
• Favorite Attraction – Capitol Market
• Favorite Event - FestivALL
• Favorite Family Activity - Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
• Favorite Specialty Drink – Sangria, Lola’s Pizza
• Favorite Food Dish – Deep Fried Feta, Adelphia
• Favorite Dessert Shop – Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
• Favorite Retail – Taylor Books
• Favorite Lodging - Embassy Suites
• Favorite Nightlife Spot – Sam’s Uptown Café
In addition, the CVB also honored frontline tourism industry staff members, whom were nominated by their employers and colleagues, as individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in the workplace. Category winners include:
• Best Hotel Employee - Sean Evans
• Best Restaurant Employee – Brian Hutchinson
• Best Frontline Ambassador – Chris “Brewhead” Morris
The Mayor’s Choice Award, reserved for particular service to the tourism industry, will be awarded at the CVB board meeting on May 18, 2016, at noon.
In her remarks, Bailey noted that Charleston will have enjoyed more than $200 million in tourism infrastructure improvements between 2013 and 2018, including new restaurants, park improvements, new and renovated hotels and an expanded and improved convention center.
“With all of these improvements the city is well poised to greet thousands of new visitors,” Bailey said. “But when they get here we have to deliver superior customer service. The employees and businesses honored today do just that.”
Tourism has a $550 million economic impact in Kanawha County, supporting 4,400 jobs and generating $45 million in taxes.