FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield University Athletic Director Eugene P. Doris and five other state residents have been honored with “2016 Bring It Home Awards” from the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau for their contributions to making the state a successful meetings, convention and major sports events venue.
The presentations were made on Wednesday, April 27 as part of the Connecticut Governor’s Conference on tourism at the Connecticut Convention Center.
“Conventions, meetings and sports events in our state’s venues and hotels mean big business for Connecticut,” said H. Scott Phelps, president of the CTCSB. “The annual Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s ‘Bring It Home Awards’ recognize state residents who help to secure these bookings and, as a result, the economic activity, jobs and tax revenues they produce for our state and local economies. Attendees stay at hotels, dine in restaurants, visit our attractions, shop at retail establishments, and the organizers contract for a variety of local services necessary for running a successful event.”
Doris, a resident of Fairfield, was honored for bringing the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Regional to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport from March 26 to March 28.
Other honorees included:
- Hartford residents Africka S. Hinds and Carolyn M. Thomas of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, for bringing AKA’s 85th North Atlantic Regional Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, March 30 to April 3
- Guilford resident Dr. Charles B. Beckman of the Connecticut Model A Restorers Club, for bringing the New England Meet to the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton in Sept. 18 to 20, 2015
- Old Lyme resident Walter E. Veselka and Enfield resident Tim Webb of the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association, for bringing the 2016 APWA North American Snow & Ice Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, May 22 to 25, 2016.
In the last fiscal year, the CTCSB booked more than 65,500 hotel room nights with over 340,000 attendees, resulting in $62.7 million in spending by those attendees during their visits to the state and generating $4.8 million in Connecticut taxes.
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