Dutchess Tourism presents awards of distinction

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The Award of Distinction winners with DTI President Melaine Rotkamp (back row - right)

HYDE PARK – Dutchess Tourism Inc. (DTI) held its ninth annual Awards of Distinction breakfast at the Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park on Thursday.  The annual celebration recognizes tourism-related businesses that make significant contributions to Dutchess County’s tourism industry.

“Congratulations to the 25 tourism-related businesses, organizations, and individuals being recognized as Awards of Distinction finalists,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “Through your resilience, you’ve played a vital role in the recovery of the local economy by providing exceptional and innovative programming. Dutchess County recognizes your creativity, dedication, and commitment to providing the highest level of hospitality to our visitors.”

Cliff Laube of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

DTI President and CEO Melaine Rotkamp told Mid-Hudson News that the awards breakfast is a way “to recognize the people and places that make Dutchess County a superb destination.  We have something for everyone here in Dutchess  and today’s honorees join a list of past award recipients that promote the offerings of Dutchess County at every opportunity.”

Cliff Laube, the Mary Kay Vrba Spirit Award honoree, is the public programs and communications manager at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated selflessness, service, inclusiveness, and leadership — qualities embodied by Mary Kay Vrba, former president and CEO of DTI.

The 2022 winners:

  • The Dutchess County Executive’s award for Overall Distinction was presented to Adams Fairacre Farms.
  • The Accessible Hospitality Award of Distinction was given to Walkway Over The Hudson and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
  • The Arts Award of Distinction was presented to the Tivoli Artists Gallery.
  • The Culinary Award of Distinction was given to Sotano Food and Wine.
  • The Family Entertainment Award of Distinction was presented to Barton Orchards and Treetop Adventures.
  • The History Award of Distinction was presented to Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn.
  • The Outdoors Award of Distinction was given to Wethersfield Estate & Garden.
  • The Hospitality Award of Distinction was presented to Paige Fiori, owner of Boutique Wines, Spirits, and Cider.

Dutchess Tourism President and CEO Melaine Rotkamp noted that tourism generates $632 million in visitor spending and contributes $87.3 million in state and local taxes.  Additionally, the tourism industry employs almost nine percent of the Dutchess County workforce.