News for the Hospitality Executive
Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Honors 18 Leaders in the
Tourism Industry for their Contributions, Leadership
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 7, 2008 - Governor Edward G. Rendell has inducted the first 18 Pennsylvanians into the Keystone Society for Tourism, the highest honor the commonwealth presents to leaders in the tourism industry.
The Governor bestowed the honor during the first Governor's Conference on Tourism in Gettysburg, which was created to focus on preserving the distinctive character of a community while building economic development through cultural and place-based tourism.
"Small towns do not need to become cities to create a more robust economy.
Our quaint farming communities should not lose their rustic nature to attract
tourists. And, our urban communities do not need to dilute their strong
cultural heritage to share it with others," Governor Rendell said. "This
conference has provided practical examples of how tourism has spurred economic
development while taking preservation into account."
This is the inaugural year for the Keystone Society for Tourism. Inductees were selected by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office in consultation with the Governor's Tourism Partnership. The society honors Pennsylvania visionaries in destination leadership and community development.
"The tourism opportunities in the commonwealth would not be as strong or as diverse without the contributions of these inductees who, through their inspiration, leadership, enterprise, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit, have enriched the experience of visiting the various regions of the commonwealth," Governor Rendell said.
"While it is clear these visionaries have had the foresight and motivation
to create new products and tourism opportunities and have done so while
creating new family-sustaining jobs in the commonwealth," the Governor
said. "They are the keystones of the tourism economy."
Michael Chapaloney, Tourism
Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
|Also See:||Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association Names Phillip Murray, Historic Gettysburg Hotel, General Manager of the Year / May 2005|