The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) celebrated National Tourism Week by announcing the third annual “Best of the Greenbrier Valley” winners at an awards reception on May 7.
National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual distinction by Congress to show the positive effect that tourism has on the economy both nationally and locally. Greenbrier County receives over one million guests each year; the visitors center welcomes 35,000 people annually. Each year direct spending by tourists adds $244 million to the community which supports 2,060 local jobs
Over 600 people from 30 states voted in the “Best of the Greenbrier Valley” contest. The business or event with the most votes in each category was selected as the winner. The Best Ticket in the Valley, award for best attraction, went to Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Wolf Creek Gallery was voted the Best Place for a Shopping Fix and Food & Friends won for Best Culinary Experience. Carnegie Hall’s Taste Of Our Towns (T.O.O.T) took home the award for Most Anticipated Event and, of course, The Greenbrier was the prevailing response for Best Spot to Wake Up.
The CVB also acknowledged several individuals who have made a significant impact on tourism in our community. Congressman Nick Joe Rahall was recognized for his support of the tourism industry in Greenbrier County during his three-plus decades in office.
The Friend of Tourism award was given to Cindy Lavender-Bowe for her leadership efforts in growing several notable events such as the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival and Holiday Open House. Cindy has also been instrumental in heading event committees focused on strong community partnerships.
For the Hospitality Superstar, businesses nominated employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service with the utmost attention to a stellar visitor experience. Frank Mosley, Greeter and Greenbrier Ambassador, deservedly won the award. For 56 years, Mosley has welcomed people to The Greenbrier, and for many guests, the trip would be incomplete without seeing his sweet smile.