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Fort Ticonderoga, bridge project earn awards

Tourism group cites efforts

The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (LPCVB/ROOST) awarded Fort Ticonderoga the 2011 Tourism Marketing Award in a ceremony Jan. 12 in Lake Placid.

The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (LPCVB/ROOST) awarded Fort Ticonderoga the 2011 Tourism Marketing Award in a ceremony Jan. 12 in Lake Placid.

— “Visitors will be immersed in the fort’s tumultuous events of 1775 through daily programs including the fort’s new historic trades initiative which will include shoemaking and military tailoring,” she said.

Information on Fort Ticonderoga and its programs can be found online at www.fortticonderoga.org

The Destination Product Award, which is given to the group or individual who has, through capital investment or public coordination, moved forward with a project that positively affects the tourism-related infrastructure in Essex County.

“On October 16, 2009, the region was shocked by the sudden closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge,” said Smith. “This vital link between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison, Vt., had been in place since 1929, effectively merging the two states and the business community into one, seamless region.“

In addition to causing inconveniences and economic challenges to residents on both sides of the lake, the loss of the bridge severed a link for travelers between New England and the Adirondacks.

The Destination Product Award was presented to the New York State Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation for securing the funding, facilitating the design and building the new bridge, when opened in November.

The Tourism Advocate Award, which is given to the group or individual who is directly responsible for bringing a large group or event to the area resulting in a significant economic impact, went to the Lake Placid Business Association for the creation, promotion and ongoing development of the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll event.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Conference Center in Lake Placid.

“As the destination marketing organization for Essex County, we are pleased to showcase the people and organizations who have made the greatest contributions toward achieving a sustainable tourism economy for our region,” Smith said. “I’m honored to celebrate the efforts of our industry’s best.”

The award nominees were submitted by peers and the winners were selected by the LPCVB/ROOST board.

For more information about the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, go online at www.roostadk.com

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