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Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau announces award winners

Nick McCrea | BDN
Nick McCrea | BDN
Alex Gray (from left), Waterfront Concerts promoter; John Osborne, Hollywood Casino general manager; Lee Speronis, Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau chairman; and Mike Dyer, the Bass Park director tapped to manage the Cross Insurance Center, attended an announcement of the winners of the visitors bureau's 2013 Tourism and Hospitality Eagle Awards at Hollywood Casino on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday that Waterfront Concerts, the Bass Park director tapped to manage the Cross Insurance Center, and the Northeastern Loggers Association will receive awards for their efforts to promote Bangor and attract tourists.

Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts promoter, and Bass Park director Mike Dyer were on hand at Hollywood Casino in Bangor for the announcement of the visitors bureau’s Tourism and Hospitality Eagle Awards. Dyer won the Individual Achievement Award and Gray earned the Impact Award for his work on the concert series, which a recent study found has pumped $30 million into the local economy over the past three years.

“I grew up in this region and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown just in the past 10 years,” Gray said. “For example, we have a new arena nearly completed across the street, and that’s something that’s been talked about since I was in diapers.”

Both men credited the teams of people they work with for helping to bring events to the Queen City and make them successful.

“The Bangor State Fair, the high school basketball tournaments, Bangor Raceway, the Harlem Globetrotters, Grammy-winning musicians, the circus, expositions, the list goes on and on for the attractions that have brought people to eastern Maine,” Dyer said. “We are all universally excited to see what the future holds for the Cross Insurance Center, and to be part of the puzzle that creates lasting memories as people visit this area.”

Representatives from the Northeastern Loggers Association weren’t able to attend Thursday’s event, but they were awarded the Organizational Achievement Award and are expected to attend an awards ceremony in May. The award recognizes the association for its work hosting the annual Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.

In addition to the Eagle Awards, the visitors bureau is seeking nominees for the Eaglet Awards and a Spirit of Hospitality Award, which focus on workers in the tourism industry who “offer exceptional customer service and community service,” according to visitors bureau Chairman Lee Speronis.

This is the 18th year of the visitors bureau awards. A ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 21, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Tickets are available.

“Every year it is inspiring to see how many people are working together and doing great things, bringing tourists to eastern Maine to experience all we have to offer,” Speronis said.

For information about the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, the annual awards or to purchase tickets for the awards ceremony, visit www.visitbangormaine.com.

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