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CONTACT: Sara Webster, Marketing/Public Relations Manager
Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tel: (413) 755-1345/E-mail: Sara@valleyvisitor.com

GSCVB Accepting Nominations for 2015 Howdy Awards

Springfield, MA-- (January 5, 2015)—The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting 20th Anniversary of the Howdy Awardsnominations for the 20th Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page.  There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.

The awards program was created by the GSCVB in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers. “This is the twentieth annual Howdy Awards program, and we want it to be bigger than ever,” said Greg Chiecko, chairman of the Howdy Awards Committee.  “We want to hear about the many frontline hospitality industry superstars in the Pioneer Valley, and the only way we can honor these people is if we receive nominations from the public.  So when you’re out and you are wowed by a terrific waitress or sales clerk, jump online and nominate them!”

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 Howdy Awards is February 1, 2015.  Submissions received after that date are automatically entered into the running for the following year.

Each year the Bureau collects nominations for the awards, which honor frontline people in the service industries who work at hotels/motels/inns, restaurants, tourist attractions, retail locations, transportation and more.  Finalists are selected by committee and three hospitality industry professionals from outside the Pioneer Valley serve as judges and select the winners, whose names will be announced at the 2015 Howdy Awards Gala Dinner on May 18 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

The Howdy Awards program not only recognizes accomplishments, professionalism and service in the local hospitality industry; it also provides career-enhancing credentials for winning recipients and additional marketing exposure for the businesses and services whose employees excel.

Sponsors for the 2015 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence include; Baystate Health, Global Spectrum, Yankee Candle Village, Aladco Linen Co., MA Convention Center Authority, Freedom Credit Union, The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House / The Delaney House, Masslive.com, Performance Foodservice, Mix/WHYN/Newstalk560, Eastern States Exposition, The Republican, WWLP TV-22 and Yuengling.

The GSCVB, an affiliate of the Economic Development Council of Western MA, is a private non-profit destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley for meetings and conventions, group tours, sports and leisure travel. For more information on the GSCVB, visit www.valleyvisitor.com or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/valleyvisitor and follow us on twitter using handle @PValleyvisitor. Engage with us using #pioneervalley or #westernma.

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