Discover The Palm Beaches Announces Open Call for 2015 Providencia Awards

09/14/2015

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Discover The Palm Beaches
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Discover The Palm Beaches
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Discover The Palm Beaches Announces Open Call for 2015 Providencia Award Nominations
Award honors an organization that has significantly impacted tourism in Palm Beach County

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 14, 2015) - Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), the official tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Providencia Award. The award is presented 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 Friday, October 2, 2015 at PalmBeachFL.com/Providencia.

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 2015 Providencia Award winner by voting online at PalmBeachPost.com, beginning Monday, November 2 through Thursday, November 19. This year's Providencia Award winner will be announced on Thursday, December 3 at the Discover Connections event at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

"Tourism is Palm Beach County's top economic driver, and the forecast for 2,500 additional hotel rooms in new projects reaffirms its central role in job creation moving forward" said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for DTPB. "We are proud to offer this prestigious award, which allows us to recognize one of the outstanding leaders or entities contributing to tourism's success in The Palm Beaches."

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.

The county is experiencing a record-breaking year for tourism, with 3.7 million tourists visiting The Palm Beaches in the first half of the year. The tourism forecast for 2015 is expecting to finish even stronger than first predicted.

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 Providencia Award winners include the following: The Honda Classic, 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 the Norton Museum of Art.
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About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, produces $42 million in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supports more than 60,000 jobs.

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