- to Host Online Poll April 4 - 25-

THE PALM BEACHES, Fla. (April 3, 2013) - The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its Providencia Committee of local tourism representatives today announced the start of the three-week online public voting process to determine the 2013 recipient of the esteemed Providencia Award. The award is given annually to an individual or entity that has made an extraordinary contribution to the vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach County as a desirable tourist destination. As part of a new addition to the selection process, the community is once again invited to cast their vote from April 4 - 25 at and select one of three finalists for this prestigious honor.

We are excited to once again include a public polling period to our Providencia Award winner selection, which, after the successful implementation in 2011, we can now earnestly refer to as a fundamental phase of the overall selection process," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of the Palm Beach County CVB. "Thanks for our continued, successful partnership with

The Palm Beach Post, we're better able to showcase many of our incredible tourism assets, and recognize the significant contributions of those individuals and organizations in a public forum."

This year's finalists include: The Honda Classic, International Polo Club Palm Beach, and Lynn University. Some highlights of their exceptional contributions to Palm Beach County's tourism industry include:


 The Honda Classic

 The Honda Classic brings the world's best PGA TOUR players to Palm Beach County and PGA National Resort & Spa, and consists of a week of entertainment for the entire community. The 2012 economic impact was over $43 million and over $200 million since the 2007 tournament. The tournament consists of 144 golfers competing over 72 holes and drew over 168,000 spectators in the 2013 event. Additionally, it receives over 27 hours of domestic television broadcast on NBC Sports and The Golf Channel, and internationally the tournament is viewed in over 250 countries which is all direct promotion for Palm beach County. Over 1,500 volunteers donate enormous time to the Honda with the net proceeds benefiting South Florida children's related charities. In 2012, the event raised $1.85 million for charity including over $400,000 for the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.


International Polo Club Palm Beach

International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well

-equipped polo facility in the world. The 2013 Palm Beach Polo Season is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which opened on January 6 and concludes with the USPA 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on April 21. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $10. A variety of special and charitable events are held year-round at the International Polo Club; visit for more information.


Lynn University

Lynn University recently hosted the final 2012 presidential debate-one of the largest media events in the world. The October 22 event produced $13.1 million in immediate economic impact for the Palm Beach County economy. Additionally, it was watched by nearly 60 million people across the globe and obtained more than $63 million in publicity value for Lynn and the community, including more than $50 million for the City of Boca Raton. An estimated 99.9 million people knew that the debate took place in Palm Beach County and an estimated 4.7 million adults said they "absolutely" wanted visit the area after watching the debate.

It also enjoyed substantial local support, generating approximately $1.7 million in elevated spending by local residents. Moreover, 86 percent of those surveyed at debate-related events said the debate brought positive attention to Palm Beach County and 89 percent felt the county should host more events like a presidential debate.

The 2013 Providencia winner will be announced on Travel Rally Day (May 7), which is the nationally recognized day of observation for the tourism industry, sanctioned by the US Travel Association. The official announcement will be made in Downtown West Palm Beach during a CVB event to celebrate Travel Rally Day and National Tourism Week.

"The Post is honored to support the Providencia Award," said Tim Burke, publisher of

The Palm Beach Post. "This is a great opportunity to spotlight Palm Beach County's champions, and to share that excitement with our community."

Following the application process completed by 15 award nominees in early March, a committee of local tourism representatives selected the three finalists. Each nominee demonstrated excellence in contributing to the growth of the local tourism industry; implementing innovative marketing, PR and social media initiatives; and creating awareness of Palm Beach County as a premier tourist destination. The other submissions for this year's Providencia Award included: Allianz Championship, Flavor Palm Beach, Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Delray Beach's Arts Garage, Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, Palm Beach International Boat Show, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Organization, and Palm Beach International Raceway.


About the Providencia Award

The Providencia Award is Palm Beach County's most important symbol of recognition for the local tourism industry that employs more than 45,000 people, and adds $5 billion annually to the local economy. The Providencia Committee of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau bestows the Providencia Award annually to a local individual or an organization that has made an extraordinary and positive impact on local tourism.


About the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Fla., with a mission to increase visitation, deliver a one-of-a-kind visitor experience, and contribute to the overall economic development in Palm Beach County. As a non-profit organization, the CVB develops marketing and sales strategies to support tourism, which, as one of Palm Beach County's largest industries, generates an annual economic impact of $5 billion in the local economy, welcomes five million visitors a year, supports 45,000 industry jobs, and helps to ensure Florida remain a tax-free state.


About the Palm Beach Post


The Palm Beach Post -
in print and online -is the top local source of news and information in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The Palm Beach Post and sister publication Palm Beach Daily News, covering the island of Palm Beach, are subsidiaries of Cox Media Group, Inc. an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company headquartered in Atlanta.

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