• Visit Saint Paul Honored Companies, Events, Individuals for 2015 Tourism Impact

    POSTED May 3, 2016

Visit Saint Paul recognized six award-winners for supporting travel and tourism in 2015 during the organization’s annual meeting this month at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Awards were presented as the following:

  • Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) Conference as the 2015 Meeting of the Year. Saint Paul hosted AHEAD at the RiverCentre on July 13-18, 2015, and totaled 1,000 out-of-town attendees and captured 3,000 hotel room nights.
  • 2015 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships as the 2015 Event of the Year. Organized by the Minnesota RollerGirls, Saint Paul hosted the International WFTDA Championships at The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Nov. 6-8, 2015.
  • Red Bull North America as the 2015 Partner of the Year. Red Bull brought Crashed Ice to Saint Paul for a fourth straight year on Jan. 23-24 2015, drawing an estimated crowd of 140,000, and made the event its world finale in 2016.
  • Schmitty & Sons Transportation/Gray Line Minnesota for 2015 Member of the Year. The transportation company has fulfilled conference shuttling needs as well as scenic tours of the city for many years.
  • Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director, City of Saint Paul for a 2015 Hometown Hero award. Hunt was a main influencer in bringing the National Adaptation Forum for 2017 to Saint Paul.
  • Ken Smith, President and CEO, District Energy St. Paul for a 2015 Hometown Hero award. The International District Energy Association (IDEA) will host its annual convention in Saint Paul June 20-23, 2016, bringing more than 1,000 people from around the world to the RiverCentre.

“Last year was an outstanding year for Saint Paul and our award-winners played key roles in our success as a community,” said Terry Mattson, President & CEO of Visit Saint Paul and the RiverCentre. “We are proud to honor them.”

Visit Saint Paul’s annual meeting was once again held during National Travel and Tourism Week — America’s annual salute to travel and tourism — to shine light on the impactful contributions the travel industry makes in Saint Paul and the nation.

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