Provided by Discover Prince William & Manassas
Discover Prince William & Manassas, the destination marketing organization for Prince William County & Manassas, hosted elected officials, local tourism industry professionals on Friday, May 5 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. This event celebrates the $608+ million in economic impact and $10.1 million in local tax revenue generated by tourism in Prince William County & the City of Manassas.
Guests listened to remarks from the Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Corey Stewart (At-Large), Board of County Supervisor Ruth Anderson (Occoquan District), Manassas City Councilwoman Pamela Sebesky prior to the dynamic keynote presentation by Bill Geist, of DMOPROZ, Inc.
Other distinguished guests included U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (Virginia’s 10th Congressional District), representatives from United States Senator Tim Kaine’s Office, Congressman Gerry Connolly’s Office (Virginia’s 11th Congressional District) and Pat Pate, City Manager of the City of Manassas.
“We are fortunate to promote and sell a destination that is not only a wonderful place to live, but is also an incredible place to visit and stay due to our iconic attractions and many things to do,” added Ann Marie Maher, President and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. “I look forward to this event annually to honor the award recipients for their dedication to travel and tourism and for making Prince William & Manassas one of the top 10 leading travel destinations in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” she added.
This year’s Award Winners and registered Congressional Record recipients included:
- Tourism Champion: Simon Property Group’s Potomac Mills
- Tourism Leader: Thida Win Love of IMG Hotels
- Stellar Service Award: Erin Beckman of Historic Manassas, Inc.
- Tourism Influencer: Nicole Warner, Media and Partner Relations Specialist, Discover Prince William & Manassas
The luncheon also unveiled a new video that highlights the destination that will be utilized for upcoming advertising campaigns. The video link to view and share can be found here: bit.ly/PWMVideo
Luncheon guests also learned details about the new Prince William & Manassas Steins, Vines & Moonshine Trail that will be a new marketing initiative to promote the destinations many craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Along with the introduction of the new trail, a grand prize raffle basket valued at over $550.00 was sent home with, Clarice Lelle from 2 Silos Brewing Co. The giveaway included promotional items from all of the breweries, wineries and distilleries throughout Prince William County & the City of Manassas that will be participating in the new Steins, Vines & Moonshine Trail.
Across Prince William & Manassas, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce of nearly 7,000 front line and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. Tourism also supports related sectors such as construction, services, manufacturing and finance.
National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual celebration coordinated by the U.S. Travel Association during the first week in May which unites communities from across the country to commemorate the impact of travel and how it relates to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.