Discover The Palm Beaches Announces Open Call for 2014 Providencia Award Nominations



Discover The Palm Beaches Announces Open Call for 2014 Providencia Award Nominations

THE PALM BEACHES, Fla. (September 8, 2014) - Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), formerly the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Providencia Award, which is awarded to a local business, organization or individual that is making an extraordinary contribution to the vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach County as a desirable tourist destination. Nominations may be made online through September 26 at

All nominations will be reviewed by the DTPB Providencia Committee, comprised of tourism professionals throughout the county, ultimately narrowing the list to three final candidates. The public will be invited to select the 2014 Providencia Award winner by voting online at, beginning October 5 through October 26. This year's Providencia Award winner will be announced on November 5 in conjunction with the 2015 DTPB Sales & Marketing Plan presentation.

"Travel and tourism is Palm Beach County's No. 1 industry," said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. "The presentation of this award allows us to spotlight one of the many key contributors to tourism in The Palm Beaches. We are elated that the community is involved again this year in helping to select the winner of this prestigious award."

Nominations are based on several criteria: contributing to the growth of the local tourism industry; implementing innovative sales, marketing, public relations and social media initiatives; and creating awareness of Palm Beach County as a premier tourist destination.

Palm Beach County has tremendous potential for further growth in visitation and tourism activity. Based on data from the 2012 Economic Impact Study, an attainable 10 percent increase in visitors would add a 5.5% increase in hotel occupancy, $550 million in additional visitor spending, 5,000 new jobs and $82 million in additional state and local taxes.

The Providencia Award is named after the Spanish ship that sank off Palm Beach's coast in the 1880s. Its crew salvaged the cargo of 20,000 Trinidad coconuts and sold them to local residents, who planted them along the waterfront, eventually inspiring the town's name.

Previous winners of the Providencia Award include International Polo Club Palm Beach; Mr. James Ponce; Delray Beach International Tennis Championships; The Colony Hotel Palm Beach; Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Marathon of the Palm Beaches; South Florida Fair; Mr. Patrick Rooney, Sr.; and Norton Museum of Art.

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts in Palm Beach County, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $30 million dollars in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.


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