Charleston CVB Honors Local Tourism People’s Choice Award Winners

17May 2016

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.