The Sullivan County Visitors Association celebrated a fruitful 2015 at its Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration at The Sullivan in Rock Hill on Thursday, December 4th.
The agency hosted representatives from over 180 member businesses, to whom the SCVA presented information on its successes from the past year. Those successes included an estimated revenue of $372.1 million spent by visitors in Sullivan County in 2015 to date, which generated $24.6 million in local taxes for the year.
“The success we celebrate today is the result of cooperation between the SCVA, our member businesses, and our marketing partners,” said SCVA President Roberta Byron-Lockwood.
“I think everybody in this room kept the lights on,” said Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson.
The SCVA also honored local individuals and businesses for their contributions to the local tourism industry with its TOAST & STAR Awards. Honorees included:
- Duke Devlin, Official Site Interpreter for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (retired as of 2015)
STAR Award for Individual Achievement
- Alan Rosenblatt & Kurt Kreider, ECCE Bed & Breakfast
STAR Award for Business Achievement
- Roscoe Beer Company’s Josh Hughes, Shannon Feeney, and Tina Schlott
TOAST Award for Exceptional Hospitality
As a surprise for the evening, the SCVA also revealed the cover of its upcoming 2016 Travel Guide, an annual publication outlining activities and attractions throughout Sullivan County. The guide, whose cover dons a feline face with its eyes reflecting the Delaware River, is scheduled to be distributed soon.