May 8, 2013
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation received a tourism achievement award.
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) presented the 2013 Tourism Achievement Award on Wednesday afternoon at the Trump Winery in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, received the award for being the lead organization and initiator of the Presidents Passport partnership.
"It's all about more people, staying longer and spending more in our economy, said Ann Taylor, Executive Vice President at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation owns and operates Monticello.
The Presidents Passport guides visitors through the Charlottesville area, giving people a chance to see its culture and history.
"I think it's terrific to be recognized by our local tourism industry because partnerships are so important to a successful tourism marketing effort in our region," said Taylor. "There were many, many partners at Ash Lawn, Montpelier, Monticello, at the CACVB, and at Orange County."
One more presidential partner just joined. On Wednesday, the program announced it added George Washington's home of Mount Vernon and Alexandria to the Presidents Passport.
Presidents Passport is in its second year.
This is also the second year that the CACVB presented customer service awards. Audrey Jeffries, a server at Fellini's #9 in Charlottesville, received Best Server. Angelo Vangelopoulos, a chef at The Ivy Inn, received Best Chef. Best Customer Service in transportation services went to William Kerr of Camryn Limousine Service, and Best Customer Service in lodging went to Joyce Kasawandik of Guesthouse Reservation Services. This was Kasawandik's second year in a row to receive the award.
The Visitors Bureau's annual tourism reception and awards gives the hospitality community the chance to celebrate both its group work and the work of an individual's or group's work.