Locals invited to vote and will be eligible to win the new iPad!

Charlottesville, April 2, 2012 - The Charlottesville & Albemarle County Tourism Recognition Awards will
be presented this year on May 8, 2012 to recognize outstanding performance, commitment and
achievements in the hospitality and tourism industry. The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and
Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to be sponsoring this year's event, which coincides with National
Tourism Week, May 5-13, 2012.

For the first time ever, individuals working in the local tourism industry will be recognized for their
commitment and excellence. The CACVB invites everyone to submit nominees in the following

- Best Server: Restaurant, Bistro, Café, Lounge or Pub - All server staff including hosts/hostesses,
waiters/waitresses and bartenders.

- Best Chef - All chefs from any dining establishment, regardless of size, are eligible!

- Best Customer Service: Lodging - Anyone who works the front-line and engages visitors at a
resort, hotel, motel or small inn.

- Best Customer Service: Attractions - Anyone who works the front-line and engages with the
public at a local attraction, entertainment or outdoor recreational venue.

- Best Customer Service: Transportation Services - Anyone who engages the public as a front-line
person involved in rail transportation, taxis & limos, car rental agencies, corporate or
commercial air carriers.

- You Made My Cville and Albemarle County Vacation! - Tell us who went above and beyond to
make your visit to the Charlottesville area so special!

Voting can be done online at or by picking up a ballot at visitor centers
located at the Historic Downtown Mall or the McIntire County Office Building. Everyone submitting
nominations automatically becomes eligible to win the new iPad, courtesy of the CACVB. Deadline for
receiving nominations is April 20, 2012.

"This year's event is very important," says Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director for the Charlottesville
Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau. "In tourism and hospitality, a business's success is realized
in large measure by the direct contact a person has with someone who is usually on the front-line or
who provides direct customer service. That's why we will be taking this opportunity during National
Tourism Week to recognize some very special people in our community who have provided a
memorable experience for visitors and local patrons."

Also being presented on May 8 will be the Annual Tourism Achievement Award, which began in 1997
and has included The Virginia Film Festival, Susan Allen (Former First Lady of Virginia), Monticello, and
Montpelier as several of the past recipients. In 2011, Bob Stroh, Co-Chair of the Downtown
Charlottesville Business Association received the Award.

About the CACVB
In addition to providing a wealth of information on the area to individual visitors, the CACVB assists tour
operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups to find attractions, restaurants, hotels, and
other visitor related businesses. Its mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County
by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a
destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."