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).
“We received the results earlier than expected. We received information from Jakarta that the result is negative,” Tomasoa said. “We have yet to receive the written results, but we received the information directly from the lab.”Edwin said BN was in good condition and that the 19-year-old no longer showed symptoms of being sick.Read also: University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku“He is no longer having difficulty breathing, he has no fever or back pain as he did before when being treated at the hospital,” he said.BN arrived in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon in poor health on Feb. 7, following a visit to Malaysia, which has had a number of confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the Magretty Saumlaki public hospital in the Tanimbar Islands since last Wednesday. (gis)Topics : A university student identified as BN who was quarantined at Magretty Hospital, Maluku, after showing symptoms of the new coronavirus, has tested negative for COVID-19, a local health agency has announced.According to Tanimbar Islands Health Agency head Edwin Tomasoa, tests on BN’s sputum samples sent to the Health Ministry’s laboratory in Jakarta showed that BN was not infected by the deadly coronavirus.He added that he had expected the test to take five days. read more
Boss Nigel Pearson admits Leicester have been “trying to forget” their Manchester United heroics ever since they beat them 5-3. Leicester have failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the table after the run, despite winning two and drawing one of their last four league games. And Pearson, who guided the Foxes to a 2-1 FA Cup win at Tottenham last week, insists they must ignore the reminders of the past and focus on the present. He said: “We’ve been trying to forget about it ever since. It was great but until we beat Hull (in December) that was the last time we won. “I think the best thing for us to do is concentrate on what we are doing at the moment. “I don’t know if it has affected anything. It obviously has as the question has been asked. “I don’t spend much time looking at those angles. The game at our place was a very good result for us, we had a very good second half and scored at vital times. “But those are not the sort of events that happen every week.” Van Gaal admitted United looked unbalanced during their defeat at the King Power Stadium, where they played a diamond, and fans have called for him to shelve his preferred 3-5-2 formation and switch to 4-4-2. Pearson has sympathy for the Dutchman and insisted van Gaal’s United overhaul will take time. “I’ve never been in any doubt their manager will play the way he wants to,” he said. “But it may be a situation where he gets all his players in before the way he totally wants to play. That happens with everyone, it happened with us. “I would hope whoever we play have a healthy respect for us. But his track record as a manager is outstanding and he’s proved many times over the years he is capable of building sides. Over the initial building period there is rebuilding to do. “I can only speak from my own experience but you have to get enough results while you’re going through the building process to keep people on side or keep your job.” The Foxes face a rematch with United when they go to Old Trafford on Saturday. Their 5-3 win against Louis van Gaal’s side in September was their standout victory of the Barclays Premier League season – but it sparked a 13-game winless streak. Press Association read more
(BBC) – WING Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as hosts Japan got their World Cup campaign under way with a 30-10 victory against Russia.Russia took an early lead through wing Kirill Golosnitskiy, but Matsushima replied for the hosts.He grabbed his second to put Japan ahead just before halftime and Pieter Labuschagne broke away to add another after the break.Matsushima then ran through to claim a four-try bonus point for his side.Japan, in Pool A with Scotland, Ireland and Samoa, are aiming to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said before the tournament that “rugby mania” was going to captivate the nation and Japan’s comeback in front of a vociferous crowd gave the tournament an early boost.In Shibuya, home to Tokyo’s famous crossing, there is only an occasional sign that a World Cup is taking place just an hour away.But travelling to the stadium, the train filled with more and more Japan shirts while every metro stop and the nearest station to the venue was awash with red and white.Once inside the near 50 000 capacity venue, supporters watched an opening ceremony like no other in rugby – reflecting the World Cup’s first visit to Asia – and cheered it on enthusiastically at every stage.In 2015, Japan were the first team in history to win three World Cup games and miss out on the quarterfinals and coach Jamie Joseph has made it clear that their objective is to make it out of the pool stages this time around.But they will be competing with Ireland, Scotland and Samoa for one of the top two spots in Pool A to achieve that goal and there will be no room for any more nervous starts. read more