Press Release

Innkeepers association announces award recipients

FREEPORT, Maine — Innkeepers from all throughout Maine gathered for the 91st Maine Innkeepers Association annual meeting and conference held Nov. 5-6 in Newry, Maine.

The 2012 annual association awards were presented to outstanding members of the tourism industry who contributed to the lodging, hospitality and tourism industry in the state:

• Innkeeper of the Year: Woody Woodward of Highland Lake Resort received the prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. The award recognizes an innkeeper who has contributed to the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association.

• Special Service Award: Vaughn Stinson, chief executive officer of the Maine Tourism Association, accepted the Special Service Award from association executive director Greg Dugal. The award is made to a person who has contributed to the hospitality industry as a whole.

• Hall of Fame: John “Jack” Gibbons, a past owner of Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Argo Cruises and the Boothbay Whale Watch, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine was honored posthumously. The award was accepted by Laura Honey, a longtime friend of Gibbons, from Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort. Thel award is presented to a retired tourism professional who, over a period of 10 years or more, contributed through personal involvement and interest to the betterment of the Association and the lodging, hospitality and tourism industry of Maine.

• Community Service Award: Katy Kelly of Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort in Wells accepted the award from Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels. The award is presented to lodging operators who have taken part in community activities and have made a contribution personally, or in the name of the industry or property, to the community.

• Allied Member of the Year: John McCarthy of Legacy Properties- Sotheby International Realty. The award is presented to an allied member of the association active in the hospitality industry.

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