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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tourism Cares to Induct Three Industry Leaders into the Tourism Hall of Fame

 Tourism Cares, the leading U.S. philanthropy supported by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce the induction of three outstanding industry leaders into the Tourism Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel in New York City.  The event is set to coincide with the organization’s 10th Anniversary celebration of its annualTourism Cares for America volunteer project that will help to restore Coney Island following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

The Tourism Hall of Fame recognizes and honors individuals who, among other industry accomplishments, have made significant personal and professional contributions to travel and tourism through philanthropic, volunteer and mentoring activities.  This year’s inductees are Phillip Gordon, Chairman of Globus Family of Brands of Littleton, CO; Steve Gorga, President and CEO of Travel Impressions of Farmingdale, NY; and Robert Sullivan, Executive VP and Group Publisher of Northstar Travel Media, parent company of Travel Weekly and Business Travel News of Secaucus, NJ,.

To learn about the Tourism Hall of Fame, purchase tickets or a table for the event and pay tribute to the inductees, go to http://www.tourismcares.org/tourism-hall-of-fame.

The three honorees will join an impressive circle of  previous Tourism Hall of Fame inductees that include J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Marriott International; Arthur C. Tauck, Jr.,  Tauck, Inc.; Bob Dickinson, Carnival Cruise Lines; Gil Haroche, Liberty Travel; Bill LaMacchia, The Mark Travel Corporation; Dan Sullivan, Jr., Collette Vacations; and John Stachnik, Mayflower Tours. 

A portion of the proceeds from the reception and dinner, which will also feature a silent auction, will benefit nonprofit tourist sites affected by Hurricane Sandy that devastated the Northeast in the fall of 2012.  The dinner is scheduled in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary celebration of Tourism Cares’ highly regarded and well attended travel industry volunteer program, Tourism Cares for America.  The program, which benefits important historic sites that are in need of care and rejuvenation, began at Ellis Island in June of 2003, and since that time has conducted more than 20 volunteer events that have brought together more than 3,800 travel industry volunteers who have donated 31,189 hours at a value of $600,000. This year’s volunteer give back program proudly returns to New York and will take place May 30th and 31st at New York City’s famous Coney Island, a tourist attraction that was wracked by Hurricane Sandy.