Public Invited to Select 2014 Providencia Award Winner


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Public Invited to Select 2014 Providencia Award Winner
- Vote for the winner on now through October 26 -

THE PALM BEACHES, Fla. (October 6, 2014) - Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB) and its Providencia Committee of local tourism representatives announce the start of the three-week online public voting process to determine the recipient of the esteemed 2014 Providencia Award. The award is given annually to a local business, organization or individual with a record of making an extraordinary contribution to the vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach County as a desirable tourist destination.

As part of the selection process, the community is once again invited to cast their vote for the winner of the 2014 Providencia Award from October 5 - 26, 2014 at

This year's finalists include: Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, The Honda Classic, and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

"The 2014 Providencia Award finalists represent some of the incredible tourism assets that The Palm Beaches have to offer," said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. "We sincerely thank The Palm Beach Post for their continued partnership and their significant support of the Providencia Award process as a public forum."

Some highlights of the finalists' exceptional contributions to Palm Beach County's tourism industry include:

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative
The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) is entrusted with destination marketing efforts for the City of Delray Beach and the production of the City's largest events, such as the Famous 100 Foot Christmas Tree, First Night and July 4th. These events attract anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 people generating an economic impact of $8 million per annum. As for tourism marketing, the DBMC generates over $1 million in media value and contributes $12 million in economic impact.

The Honda Classic
The Honda Classic brings the world's best PGA TOUR players to Palm Beach County and consists of a week of entertainment for the entire community. The economic impact was over $43 million in 2014; over $200 million since 2007. The tournament consists of 144 golfers competing over 72 holes, draws over 193,000 spectators for the week, and is broadcast live nationally on NBC and Golf Channel, simulcast throughout the world and featured on various televised sports networks (ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports, etc.), as well as being highlighted by local affiliates.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium imagines a world of positive change with science education. The Science Center attracts more than 175,000 visitors annually. More than 78,000 visitors saw the Titanic exhibition during its 5-month run. During high volume vacation periods, visitors from out-of-county zip codes exceeded 60% of total visitors. Visitors have traveled from 45 of 50 states as well as visitors from Canada, The Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

The 2014 Providencia Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 DTPB Marketing & Sales Plan presentation on November 5 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

"This is our third year supporting the Providencia Award, and we're delighted with the partnership," said Tim Burke, publisher of The Palm Beach Post. "Giving our readers and the local community a voice in the vote makes the process just that much more exciting."

Following the application process completed by 8 award nominees, 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 The Palm Beaches as a premier tourist destination.

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.