Hospitality Association names officers, presents awards

Around 120 community members gathered from the Greater Hot Springs Area Chapter of the Arkansas Hospitality Association to honor local businesses and individuals with seven awards for outstanding efforts in tourism, hospitality and excellence during the annual Installation of Officers dinner on Jan. 24.

Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, said the association accepts nominations from hospitality members to select the recipients awarded at the annual dinner, which was held this year at the Embassy Suites Hot Springs -- Hotel & Spa.

"Hot Springs is a very important community for travel and tourism in the state of Arkansas. It has a great base of industry people and it's important for the economy in the Hot Springs area; it provides a lot of employment," McNulty said.

She said the dinner was at capacity as they enjoyed the night supporting and recognizing the great work of local business leaders in Hot Springs and the surrounding areas.

The chapter announced the following new officers for 2018: president, Cora Easterday, Visit Hot Springs; vice president, Jacob Cornish; and secretary/treasurer, Amy Stanley. Both Cornish and Stanley are with Oaklawn Racing and Gaming.

Leaders in the lodging, travel and restaurant industry were recognized with the following awards:

• The Waters received the Golden Key Award for outstanding efforts in lodging.

• Mountain Harbor Subway received the Salut Au Restaurateur Award for a restaurant for excellence in food service.

• The Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic received the Silver Cup Award for outstanding efforts in tourism.

• Superior Bathhouse Brewery received the Purveyor of the Year award for a vendor who is "a true friend of the hospitality and tourism industry."

• Charles J. Cella, of Oaklawn Racing and Gaming, was awarded the Cindy DeWitt Award posthumously for continual service to the hospitality and tourism industry.

• Diana Bratton, of Taco Mama, received the President's Award for many years of dedicated service to the industry.

• Trinity Taylor was awarded the Student of the Year at National Park College.

"This year the students in her class selected the student of the year, Trinity Taylor. Her professor gave a glowing tribute and Trinity was a big leader in response to their teacher going through a personal struggle," McNulty said.

"We are very proud of what these businesses do for the quality of life in Hot Springs, and celebrating that is what this event is all about."

Local on 02/14/2018

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