For those in the hospitality industry, work-life often moves at a more than hectic pace with little thanks along the way. However, on Wednesday afternoon the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau took a moment to slow down and thank a few individuals and organizations that make tourism a special part of the community.
“For many front line workers or folks that work so hard to give a great experience to visitors, many times their efforts to make the small details perfect go unnoticed or un-thanked,” says BCSCVB President/CEO Shannon Overby. “So we use this luncheon to take a second to slow down, look back and appreciate what everyone has done.”
More than 100 people were in attendance at the annual luncheon, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in College Station. Awards were handed out in seven different categories, including the “Exceptional Service Associate” award given to a person who has done something exceptional for customers or visitors to the area, and the “Hometown Hero” award given to a community member who has gone above and beyond in the hospitality area.
“Every nomination we received this year could be honored with an award,” says Sydney Murrell, who works in sales and servicing for the BCSCVB and organized this year’s luncheon. “We’re just amazed at what people do in our community to make travel and tourism here one of the best experiences in the state. Our awards selection panel definitely had hard work cut out for them this year!”
The luncheon is the last event in the month of May, which the BCSCVB celebrates as “Tourism and Travel Month.” The first week of May is national recognized by CVB’s across the country as National Travel and Tourism week, highlighting the impacts that tourism has on a community. All month long the BCSCVB has done various things to highlight what tourism means to Bryan and College Station, such as distributing informational flyers, or greeting visitors at Easterwood Airport, or hosting the annual Community Celebration.
2015 Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospitality Award Recipients
Outstanding Service Provider: La Quinta College Station
Exceptional Service Associate: Emily Parsons – Hilton Hotel
Exceptional Service Associate: Michael Broussard – Messina Hof
Hometown Hero: Royce Hickman – Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives
Tourism Impact Award: WorldFest
Sports Impact Award: Dawn Forest – Youth World Cup
Convention Impact Award: Marie Barringer – Texas Court Clerks Conference
Media Partner Award: Insite Group