This week, hundreds of Vermont hospitality industry professionals from across the state, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT for the 68th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference. During the conference’s awards ceremony, VTIC honored the Town of Killington for excellence in marketing; Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution, for Vermont Travel Person of the Year; and Morgan Goodyear, junior at Johnson State College, as recipient of the VTIC Scholarship.After a series of educational and motivational workshops led by industry specialists representing hotels, state tourist attractions, PR and marketing firms and more, the opening day, May 12, concluded with an awards banquet honoring some of the great people and projects in Vermont hospitality. The first award presented was the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence. As Master of Ceremonies, Josie Leavitt, owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, told the audience, the award is given to ‘a tourism-related business, region, or association that has shown a clear understanding of the Vermont Brand and has successfully incorporated it into one or more marketing initiatives.’ The award also gives recognition to the ‘ongoing commitment to Vermont’s tourism industry.’ The judges were asked to base their votes on the following criteria: strategy, creativity, innovation or utilization of a new approach, and achievement of stated bbjectives. The nominees were each unique and excellent in their own way and choosing just one proved to be an incredibly challenging task but the winning project successfully met all of the criteria for marketing excellence. Through their rebranding initiative, the Town of Killington, winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence, developed a strategy from the grassroots level that collaborated events, marketing & special projects. They successfully were able to reach multiple audiences via various channels of communication and relied heavily on the public for private partnerships to leverage additional resources. The Town of Killington used Vermont’s intrinsic qualities while still retaining elements unique to Killington. Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Killington accepted the award. Honorable mention for the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence was given to the Vermont Convention Bureau for their meeting planners guide ‘ a beautiful, comprehensive directory of the Vermont’s event and convention facilities; Ski Vermont for their 5th Grade Passport Program, a project designed to get kids involved in snow sports, and to encourage their allegiance to Vermont products, and again to Ski Vermont for their Digital Travel Initiative, a unique mobile phone application. The second award presented was the VTIC Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1994 to enable Vermont college students to further their education in a tourism-related field. The VTIC Scholarship Award helps a deserving student become a future leader of the Vermont hospitality industry. The 2011 scholarship recipient, Morgan Goodyear, is a junior at Johnson State College and currently works part-time as Conference Planning Assistant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe. The final award presented was the Vermont Travel Person of the Year. This award honors a member of the Vermont community who exemplifies and ongoing dedication to what makes Vermont such a special place to visit. The Vermont Travel Person of the Year award is presented to an individual who contributes significantly to Vermont’s travel & tourism industry, enforces the Vermont brand, helps position Vermont as a friendly and fun place to visit, promotes the value of tourism to the state’s economy, and exemplifies what is good within the travel industry and within our local communities. The 2011 Vermont Travel Person of the Year award was presented to Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution and Chair of the 2011 Vermont Travel Industry Conference. Bill’s services, as his nominees stated, ‘have become an integral part of the marketing plan of travel related businesses throughout Vermont.’ With over two million brochures distributed last year in hundreds of locations across the state, Bill has made a living promoting and supporting what is good in Vermont. For more information on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference, please visit the website at www.VTIC.org(link is external) or the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VTIC802(link is external).
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, center, declared that bilateral ties with neighboring Peru are at their strongest. The fraternal gesture came at a state visit to Lima in June where Correa and Peruvian President Alan García, left, signed an agreement to open a Peruvian interest section in Ecuador’s embassy in Switzerland and an Ecuadorean interest section in Peru’s embassy in Algeria. The leaders also inked agreements governing defense and transborder issues. The agreement closes a chapter in the conflicted history of the two countries, which went to war three times in the 20th century over their Amazonian border. A final peace accord between the two countries was signed in Brasilia in 1998. By Dialogo July 01, 2010 How wonderful that brother countries maintain good relations this is the basis for the South American union to move forward, they are countries with the same customs they don’t argue or enter into war with each other just peace and dialogue all the time I ask God to keep the countries of south america united Great! Hopefully in the future no South American government will ask for handouts from Empires and remain united for full development. MERCOSUR and UNASUR should be strengthened. Peruvian resident in Buenos Aires, Argentina They have no idea how much relations have changed between Peru and Ecuador; less than 10 years ago it was unthinkable that the Ecuadorian and/or Peruvian police could cross regularly over the borders to shop and it is now common to see them, or for example in case of fire the firefighters from both sides come to the rescue. And all that has just transpired some 15 years after the last conflict which killed dozens of soldiers on both sides. I’m sure that the same commitment to peace exists between Peru and Chile and relations will be at the same level between our peoples. Greetings read more
It is unknown how many people are involved or if anyone is injured. CONKLIN (WBNG) — New York State Police and the Binghamton Police Department are investigating a shooting early Friday morning. State police say there is no threat to the public at this time and it is believed to be an isolated incident. New York State Police say part of the road is blocked off. Police say they responded to shots fired on Conklin Road in Conklin around 12:20 am. This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further updates. read more
Advertisement Comment Advertisement Wojciech Szczesny has some tales from his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Wojciech Szczesny has been unveiling all sorts of stories about his former Arsenal teammates and has gone as far as suggesting that Alexander Hleb’s career suffered due to alcohol.Szczesny has slammed Robin van Persie as ‘arrogant’ and called Samir Nasri a ‘gangster’ and now he has given his opinion on Hleb.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe Belarusian played for Arsenal from 2005-08, racking up 130 appearances in all competitions and scoring 10 goals.He went on to play for Barcelona, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, among others, and is still playing for BATE Borisov at 37-years-old, but Szczesny believes that drinking cost him even more success.ADVERTISEMENT Alexander Hleb is still playing for Bate Borisov (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘He [Hleb] could have achieved more in football, he still had a great race ahead, but he liked to drink,’ the Polish goalkeeper told Foot Truck.AdvertisementAdvertisementHleb admitted in 2014 that he should not have left the Emirates when he did: ‘Of course I regret leaving Arsenal,’ Hleb told the Guardian.‘I was playing every week for one of the most exciting sides in Europe, a team which was always in the top four in the Premier League and were Champions League contenders.’ Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal teammate’s career suffered due to drink Hleb in action for Arsenal in 2007 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Szczesny did not stop at Hleb in his attempts to grass up his former colleagues, also telling a story about Jack Wilshere having a few too many at his wedding.‘My best friend, alongside [Grzegorz] Krychowiak.‘At my wedding he got so drunk, we were looking for him everywhere for two hours and found him sleeping in bushes.’More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerThe Pole is now first choice keeper at Juventus, winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia last season with the Turin giants.MORE: Jurgen Klopp reveals the reason Sadio Mane is outperforming Liverpool teammate Mohamed SalahMORE: Man Utd, Chelsea and PSG set to battle for Juventus’ Douglas Costa Phil HaighWednesday 20 Mar 2019 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link125Shares read more
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, April 23, and Saturday, April 27. Crimes against a personAt 1:41 A.m on April 27, a student reported that a suspect punched him in the eye when he attempted to intervene in an argument outside Sigma Delta Tau sorority. The suspect then fled on foot and could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.Crimes against propertyAt 4:22 P.m. on April 27, loss prevention officers monitoring Superior Market observed a student pick up two bottles of alcohol and place them in a bag containing other items he had already purchased. The officers detained the student when he exited the store without paying for the alcohol and he was taken into custody by DPS officers who responded to the scene. The student was then arrested and transported to 77th Station for booking.at 7:33 A.m. on April 23, a manager at Del Taco reported that he observed several subjects dumping sand bags in the restaurant’s trash bins. The subjects drove away in a truck when the manager attempted to talk to them, but he was able to obtain a vehicle license plate number, which he subsequently provided to DPS officers for further investigation.Miscellaneous incidentsat 7:47 P.m. on April 26, DPS officers responded to a student who collided with a university vehicle while riding his bicycle near Gwynn Wilson Student Union. The student was not injured and there was no visible damage to his bike or the university vehicle.at 7:35 P.m. on April 25, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspicious unattended bag outside Fluor Tower and while they were investigating, an RA advised them that it was a laundry bag that was dropped off for the building’s faculty advisor. The officers then cleared the scene. read more