The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board took home the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County’s Business of the Year Award.
The private, non-profit membership-based sales and marketing organization was recognized for its work in actively promoting Valley Forge and Montgomery County as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its almost 600 member hotels, restaurants, attractions, and services.
The award is the second team award for the VFTCB in a month. The group also earned the PR News Agency Elite Team of the Year in September.
“Montgomery County, and our members, make our job so easy,” said Mike Bowman, President & CEO of the VFTCB. “We have so much to promote. Plus, we have the best staff around, one that works together, and truly understands the meaning of the word team.”
Both honors add to a list of almost 20 recognitions in 2018, and the VFTCB won a record more than 24 awards in 2017.
The VFTCB’s members include some of the county’s 75 hotels, 1,600 restaurants, more than 200 arts and culture venues, 53 golf courses, world-class shopping, historic sites, tons of adventurous and family-friendly attractions, and more than 100 miles of trails.
The group’s sales and marketing teams work together to fill the more than 8,500 hotel rooms in the county by targeting meeting, sports, tourism, and leisure business, sending the sales team to conferences and conventions throughout the country and across the globe, and strategically marketing to target audiences through print, radio, TV, and social media campaigns.
The VFTCB’s mission is to increase economic prosperity by promoting Montgomery County’s natural, cultural, and historic assets to raise visibility as a tourism destination to drive revenue. The organization’s efforts contribute to the large positive economic impact of tourism in Montgomery County, which accounts for $1.6 billion and 20,000 jobs.
The VFTCB also stays front and center in the community by developing partnerships with groups like the Army-Navy Game and SEPTA and also gives back to the community. For example, its annual food drive has garnered over 9,000 lbs. of canned goods to date. In addition, an annual Revolutionary 5-Mile Run at Valley Forge Park has raised $300,000 for the park.