Kent County Tourism award winners honored

Wendie Westfall, left, gives Cindy Price of Home 2 Suites a hug after winning the Tourism Person of the Year Award to at the Rollins Center on Thursday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — With its newest vehicle for powering tourism parked right inside the room, Kent County Tourism awarded its top volunteers and partners in promoting “Delaware’s Quaint Villages” on Thursday during the annual Celebration of Tourism Luncheon and Awards.

Longtime hotel executive Cindy Price was named the nonprofit group’s Tourism Person of the Year for her significant contributions and tireless effort over the years.

Wendie Westfall, far left, and Gary Camp far right, present the Legacy Award to former Kent County Tourism Board members from left to right, Monica Weber, Anita Evans, Zack Carter, Dan Houghtaling, Tom Summers.

“This individual has taken the path of hard work, which opened many opportunties for her,” said emcee Mike Bagley, a Milford native and co-host of “The Morning Drive.” “Not only is she a highly effective manger, above all, she has the ability to connect with the people and make them feel welcome. ‘Whatever you need to get the job done’ is a regaulr email reply,” from Ms. Price, he said.

A volunteer with Toys for Tots, Santa for a Senior and the Rotary Club, Ms. Price is general manager of Home 2 Suites and has been honored with many awards from its parent company Hilton over the years.

Chesapeake Utilities won the Tourism Partnership award at the Rollins Center on Thursday.

As for Kent County Tourism’s new vehicle, the colorfully decorated “Villager” is a modified Ford Transit 250 that runs on compressed natural gas with gasoline backup. It was sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities, which was honored as Partner of the Year.

Wendie Westfall, left, and Gary Camp, right, present the Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award to Kristina Mujica of Faw Casson.

Wendie Westfall, left, and Gary Camp, right, present the Tourist Attraction of the Year Award to Chris Giacommucci of DE Turf Sports Complex at the Rollins Center on Thursday.

The van will travel to major events to promote all that Kent County has to offer and was on display inside the Rollins Center for Thursday’s luncheon.

“I love this mobile visitor center. It’s very forward thinking,” said Neville Bhada, of Tourism Skills Group, the keynote speaker who touted the importance of investing in tourism and its role in economic development.

Wendie Westfall, left, and Gary Camp, right, present the Tourism Champion of the Year Award to Dover City Councilman Fred Neil.

Also honored were Volunteer of the Year Kristina Mujica, Attraction of the Year DE Turf, Champion of the Year Fred Neil and Legacy Award receipients Anita Evans, Monica Weber, Dan Houghtaling, Zach Carter, Tom Summers and Dave Hill.

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