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New Hampshire Travel Council News

Lakeport, NH, May 21, 2024

The New Hampshire Travel Council commemorated its 50th anniversary with a special luncheon following the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Summit, held at the Lakeport Opera House in Lakeport, NH. The event celebrated five decades of collaboration and dedication to protecting and promoting New Hampshire’s travel and tourism industry.

During the luncheon, several distinguished individuals and organizations were honored for their outstanding contributions to the industry. Lori Harnois, Director of Travel and Tourism, presented the Mildred Beach Travel Person of the Year Award to John Nyhan, President of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Harnois praised Nyhan for his tireless advocacy and successful efforts in securing state funding for facility upgrades at Hampton Beach, describing him as “a collaborator, determined, and impactful” leader who has significantly benefited tourism throughout New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Travel Council presents the Mildred Beach Travel Person of the Year Award to John Nyhan

Bryce Joerger of Casella Waste Systems awarded David Woodstein of Camp Robinhood in Freedom, NH, the Sustainable Business of Excellence Award. Woodstein was recognized for the camp’s commitment to sustainability, highlighted by the installation of solar panels and a Grind 2 Energy food digester, achieving an 80 percent waste diversion rate. Accepting the award, Woodstein emphasized the importance of educating the next generation on sustainability, stating, “Teaching sustainability to the next generation is a key tenet of Camp Robinhood.”

New Hampshire Travel Council presents the Sustainable Business of Excellence Award to David Woodstein

Charyl Reardon of White Mountains Attractions Association presented the Sustainable Business Advocate Award to Jessyca Keeler of Ski New Hampshire. Reardon praised Keeler’s “unwavering commitment to sustainability and preserving our natural environment,” noting her impactful work in encouraging development of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the state. In her acceptance speech, Keeler called for continued collaboration and support for aggressive climate and sustainability-related policies at both local and federal levels.

New Hampshire Travel Council presents the Sustainable Business Advocate Award to Jessyca Keeler

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Dick Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award to 99-year-old Hope Makris. Named after Dick Hamilton, a founder of the New Hampshire Travel Council and long-time president of White Mountains Attractions, the award recognized Makris for her 89 years of service in the industry. Nominated by her daughter Cynthia Makris, Hope received a standing ovation for her enduring dedication to her family’s business, the NASWA Resort, on Lake Winnipesaukee. Cynthia recounted the challenges the resort overcame, including the hurricane of 1938, a devastating fire, and economic recessions. In her brief remarks, Hope humbly stated, “It was just work. I just had to get it all done!”

New Hampshire Travel Council presents the Dick Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award to Hope Makris

The New Hampshire Travel Council’s 50th-anniversary celebration underscored the importance of continued advocacy, sustainability, and dedication within the travel and tourism industry.

Contact: New Hampshire Travel Council | nhtravelcouncil.com | newhampshiretravelcouncil@gmail.com

New Hampshire Travel Council Events

The New Hampshire Travel Council is celebrating 50 years with a luncheon immediately following the BEA Travel and Tourism Summit at the Lakeport Opera House in Laconia, NH on May 21, 2024.

Expected attendance is 150 leaders and members of the Travel and Tourism Industry from throughout the state of New Hampshire through invitation. New Hampshire Travel Council is seeking sponsorships to assist in supporting this celebratory luncheon. Please see below sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Kim or Rebecca with any inquiries or with interest in sponsoring.

Award Sponsor – $1000 (3 available; Mildred Beach, Dick Hamilton, Business of Excellence & Sustainability)

Business name/logo in all communications as chosen award sponsor – including event invitation, event program, event signage Inclusion on program as award sponsor Opportunity to place items on vendor table Opportunity to introduce award and nominee at event Opportunity to be included on award plaque Silver Luncheon Sponsor – $1000 ( SOLD) Business name/logo in all communications as Luncheon Sponsor- including event invitation, event program, event signage Opportunity to place signage on tables Opportunity to place items on vendor table Opportunity to present at Luncheon (5-15 minutes) Mention as Luncheon Sponsor in all pre and post press releases and articles Bronze Luncheon Sponsor – $500 (3 available) Business name/logo in all email/website communications as Bronze Sponsor and on program and event signage Opportunity to place signage on tables Opportunity to place materials at vendor table Luncheon Supporter – $250 (5 available) Business name/logo in all email/website communications as Luncheon Supporter on program and event signage Please contact Rebecca Metcalf at 603-254-0065 or Kim Sperry at 603-707-1017 or email Newhampshiretravelcouncil@gmail.com for details on all available sponsorships New Hampshire Travel Council PO Box 737, Tilton, NH 032765

The New Hampshire Travel Council is celebrating 50 years with a luncheon immediately following the BEA Travel and Tourism Summit  at the Lakeport Opera House in Laconia, NH on May 21, 2024.

Expected attendance is 150 leaders and members of the Travel and Tourism Industry from throughout the state of New Hampshire through invitation. New Hampshire Travel Council is seeking sponsorships to assist in supporting this celebratory luncheon. Please see below sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Kim or Rebecca with any inquiries or with interest in sponsoring.

Award Sponsor – $1000 (3 available; Mildred Beach, Dick Hamilton, Business of Excellence & Sustainability)

Business name/logo in all communications as chosen award sponsor – including event invitation, event program, event signage

  • Inclusion on program as award sponsor
  • Opportunity to place items on vendor table
  • Opportunity to introduce award and nominee at event
  • Opportunity to be included on award plaque

Silver Luncheon Sponsor – $1000 ( SOLD) Business name/logo in all communications as Luncheon Sponsor- including event invitation, event program, event signage

  • Opportunity to place signage on tables
  • Opportunity to place items on vendor table
  • Opportunity to present at Luncheon (5-15 minutes)
  • Mention as Luncheon Sponsor in all pre and post press releases and articles

Bronze Luncheon Sponsor – $500 (3 available) Business name/logo in all email/website communications as Bronze Sponsor and on program and event signage

  • Opportunity to place signage on tables
  • Opportunity to place materials at vendor table

Luncheon Supporter – $250 (5 available)

Business name/logo in all email/website communications as Luncheon Supporter on program and event signage

Please contact Rebecca Metcalf at 603-254-0065 or Kim Sperry at 603-707-1017 or email Newhampshiretravelcouncil@gmail.com for details on all available sponsorships

New Hampshire Travel Council PO Box 737, Tilton, NH 032765

REGIONAL NETWORKING EVENTS

NH Travel Council Members and friends are invited to join us quarterly for our regional networking events designed to reconnect you with your industry peers.

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

NH Travel Council Members are invited to join us via Zoom for membership meetings. Email newhampshiretravelcouncil@gmail.com for information or watch your email for your invitation.

MEMBER SPONSORED EVENTS

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New Hampshire Travel Council is Celebrating 50 years