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Hospitality association gives awards

Staff report

The Paducah Hospitality Association recently held its annual awards dinner and election of officers for 2017.

The event was held at Shandies restaurant with Dan Drury, president of Mid-America Hotels, guest speaker.

New PHA officers include: Monica Adams, Auburn Place Hotel/Holiday Inn Express, president; Jill Jones, Whitehaven Welcome Center, vice president; Victoria Terra, Terra Cottage Ceramics, treasurer; and Summer Rhea, PHA, secretary.

Tesla Smith and Donald Bowman, West Kentucky Community and Technical College culinary arts students, were Charles Armstrong Memorial Scholarship recipients.

David Jones, Shandies/Artisan Kitchen, and Monica Adams, Auburn Place/Holiday Inn Express, received the Bobbi Holman Award. Named after the late Paducah restaurateur, the Bobbi Holman Award is the highest honor a PHA member can receive.

Spirit of Hospitality awards were presented to E.J. Abell, River Discovery Center; Lloyd Drake, La Quinta Inn & Suites; Velma "Dee" Felts, Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum; Lindsey Hopkins, Thrifty Inn; and Tonya Lee, Panera Bread Co.

Mid-America Hotels received the PHA Business of the Year award.

In 2015, the travel and tourism industry contributed nearly $13.7 billion to Kentucky's economy with more than $223 million in McCracken County directly.

The PHA promotes the lodging, restaurant and tourism industry within the city of Paducah and the surrounding areas.

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