It’s time to vote! No. No. Not a political vote. Every year, The Cedar Valley recognizes outstanding businesses and organizations that excel in their commitment to customer service and enhancing the quality of life in our community. Because of this dedication, they have contributed to the local tourism industry by significantly increasing the number of visitors to The Cedar Valley. You have an opportunity to vote for a local business or organization who you think has achieved this in 2014.
The difference that tourism-focused businesses and organizations make to our community is substantial. The average Iowa travel party of 2.5 people spends $285.47 daily. In 2013, visitors spent $338.51 million in Black Hawk County. That spending generated $52.53 million in payroll, employment for 2,810 people, generated $13.83 million in state tax receipts and $4.47 million in local tax receipts. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
Our electronic ballot (at the link below) lists the nominations in each of five categories: Attraction of the Year, Event of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Lodging Establishment of the Year, and Business/Organization of the Year. Below are photos of last year’s award recipients and a description of each category.
Please make a difference and cast your electronic ballot before April 29!
Ask your friends to vote,too!
Attraction of the Year: A local attraction that substantially contributed to the local tourism industry by bringing in a significant number of visitors and enhanced the quality of life in our community.
Event of the Year: A hallmark event or festival that created significant economic impact, attracted substantial out-of-town visitors, generated positive media attention, and/or positively promoted the Cedar Valley as a visitor destination.
Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that exhibits excellence in service, a positive attitude and attentive staff, quality menu items, ambiance, and ability to provide visitors with a memorable dining experience.
Lodging Establishment of the Year: A lodging establishment that exhibits excellence in service, a positive attitude and attentive staff, an availability of outstanding facilities, ambiance, innovation, and the ability to provide visitors with a memorable stay.
Business/Organization of the Year: An organization that offers a unique product or service that contributes to the local tourism industry. The organization excels in product and service innovation, quality of product experience, and supports higher quality of life and tourism-related goals.
Mark your calendar! Everyone is welcome to attend the Cedar Valley Tourism Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 7, at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre in Waterloo.
Questions? Feel free to call the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau at 319-268-4266 or the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau at 319-233-8350.