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    Tourism organizations honored at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne

    Today members of the tourism industry from all across Loudoun County met for the 18th Visit Loudoun Annual Meeting and Tourism Awards.

    The event coincided with National Travel and Tourism Week.

    Beth Erickson, president and CEO of Visit Loudoun, began the affair by speaking about the organization's efforts to promote tourism and travel in the county.

    In 2013 visitor spending in Loudoun County eclipsed $1.5 billion dollars, according to Erickson.

    Other key statistics Erickson mentioned were that running events like the Divas race and a half marathon brought in roughly 7,500 runners.

    She also gave a recap of the 2013 Epicurience Wine and Culinary Festival with an announcement that Nathalie Dupree, one of the founders of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival and a James Beard Award winner, would be in attendance at the 2014 iteration.

    "I'm expecting to see you at Morven Park on August 29," said Erickson.

    Bill Geist, the president of Zeitgeist Consulting, was the guest speaker for the day.

    He spoke about trends and also mentioned that the fastest path from staff to management is the travel and hospitality industry.

    The afternoon ended with a raffle drawing by the Visit Loudoun Foundation and closing remarks.

    For more information visit the Visit Loudoun website at http://www.visitloudoun.org/.

    Winners from the event are listed below:

    2013 Tourism Event of the Year (Attendance Over 3,000) Aldie Harvest Festival & Duck Race

    2013 Tourism Event of the Year (Attendance Up To 3,000) – Middleburg Film Festival

    2013 Tourism Volunteer of the Year Peter Wood, Middleburg Arts Council

    2013 Tourism Front-Line Employee of the Year – Ramon Nawabi, team lead at Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North

    2013 Tourism Management Employee of the Year – Linda Boyer, Assistant General Manager Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

    2013 Humanitarian Award - Tom Sweitzer, A Place to Be

    2013 Partner of the Year – Lansdowne Resort

    2013 Judy Patterson Tourism Award – Sandy Lerner, Ayrshire Farm

    2013 Distinguished Service – Salamander Resort & Spa

    2013 Tourism Marketing Campaign of the Year – Doukenie Winery PR/social media/online marketing campaign, Benoit Marketing LLC
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