LANSING, Mich. – Nearly $2 million in recreation grants will go to local park and trail improvements and developments.
Eighteen communities will the funding, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Projects include trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.
The department received 59 grant applications that sought $6.5 million for local funding.
The DNR’s recreation passport program has awarded about $12.7 million in grants since being introduced in 2010. The program is tied to license plate registration renewals and more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the recreation passport on their license plate tabs.
Ten percent of every recreation passport sale goes to the grant program.
A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces.
“We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”
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Philippines’ dive sites is the World’s Leading Dive Destination according to the 2020 World Travel Awards.
According to a statement from the Department of Tourism Philippines statement, this is the Philippines’ second time to win the World’s Leading Dive Destination, after it was first recognized in 2019.
The Philippines, home to world-renowned dive sites such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Apo Reef Natural Park in Mindoro, and Apo Island in Dumaguete sites bested eight other dive destinations including Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.
DOT recognized the country’s dive tourism as ” one of the key areas for positive industry growth, including increased visitor count, extended length of stay, and higher tourism revenue.”
Earlier this month, the Philippines was also hailed as Asia’s leading beach and leading dive destination at the World Travel Awards 2020.
And as though that’s not enough, Intramuros was also recognized as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
A first for Manila’s famed Walled City, it won against 15 other tourist spots including Acropolis of Greece, Burj Khalifa of Dubai, the Grand Canyon National Park of USA, Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, and Taj Mahal of India, among others.
Meanwhile, the Intramuros Administration restored the walled city with “extensive renovations such as bright capiz lamps installed in monuments and trees, colorful murals, and new sites, such as the dungeon and cleaned-up and fortified military structures, as a tribute to the country’s historic Hispanic period.”
The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 and it has been recognizing brands and organizations worldwide from the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries through its annual Grand Tour, a series of six regional gala ceremonies held in each continent. Each year is capped off with a Grand Final Gala.
Congratulations to us! — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News
Additionally, Greg White, Decatur Active Living’s longtime director, was named GRPA president for 2021.
Active Living’s supervisor for adult programming, Sara Holmes, received GRPA’s top award, the Mike Daniels Award, “reserved for individuals,” according to a GRPA statement, “who have excelled in situations where they are primarily responsible for the supervision or implementation of recreation, parks or leisure programs.”
New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsVoir) The latest entrant in the Indian luxury hotel space, The Postcard Hotel walks away with multiple honours at The World Travel Awards, 2020.
The Postcard Dewa, Thimphu has been voted as ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Bhutan’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, The Postcard Cuelim, South Goa has been voted as ‘India’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Goa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and The Postcard Velha, Old Goa has been voted as ‘India’s Best Wellness Retreat’. In just a year of being operational, the brand has managed to make a mark for itself amongst the top luxury hotels in Asia.
Kapil Chopra and a team of experienced hospitality professionals founded The Postcard Hotel with a vision to open experiential luxury hotels in unique destinations. The immersive hospitality and its unconventional and fluid nature is what truly sets the brand apart. No set breakfast hours, personalised exclusive dining, cocktails on arrival and the flexibility of anytime check-in and check-out are some of the unique offerings that have contributed to the vast recognition and appreciation of the brand.
“Evolving rapidly and staying positive in this new environment was the need of the hour. While our hotels continued to provide the highest levels of service and genuine care for our guests, enhancing the procedures and protocols for safety of our guests and team became our priority. Additionally, to ensure that they feel safe and reassured, The One Key Hotel was introduced,” says Chopra.
The ‘One Key’ access is a unique service that allows guests to book the entire hotel for themselves, during which the property is completely closed off to non-residential guests with a complete sanitisation of the premises including the pool prior to arrival.
The boutique nature of The Postcard properties and their polished safety and service standards is what contributed to their success post opening after the nationwide lockdown this year. With limited inventory and plenty of outdoor spaces, social distancing is naturally inbuilt in the way the hotels are designed, with enough space for each guest to feel secluded and enjoy their own private experiences. This has led to possibly the biggest success story globally for any brand with revenue for the current year already exceeding last year’s – buoyed by an increased occupancy and high average room rates.
Each hotel by The Postcard offers unique experiences that are true to its surroundings, giving guests a sense of the neighbourhood and the destination in a way never seen before. The Postcard Cuelim, is a 350 year old restored estate located in South Goa. This six room hotel overlooking 3500 acres of lush green paddy fields seamlessly blends in with Goa’s rich culture and tropical radiance, providing the experience of seclusion and disconnect. The Postcard Dewa, Thimphu is nestled in a forest on the outskirts of Bhutan’s capital city. The newly built hotel with 15 suites and a minimum room size of 995 square feet is located with a spectacular hilltop view of the Thimphu valley and surrounding forests.
The Islands of The Bahamas Recognized for Resorts, Dive Offerings and Still Rockin’ Campaign
NASSAU, Bahamas, Nov. 4, 2020 /CNW/ — As The Bahamas reopens its border, recent awards in top consumer, travel trade and niche vertical publications prove the island nation hasn’t missed a beat. From Condé Nast Traveler’s and Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards to Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards, The Islands of The Bahamas was recognized for its boutique and mega-resorts, animal encounters, dive offerings and marketing/advertising campaign.
The Islands of The Bahamas recognized for resorts, dive offerings and Still Rockin’ campaign.
Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards Recognizes The Bahamas’ Still Rockin’ Campaign –The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s Still Rockin’ campaign was awarded the best destination advertising/marketing campaign. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the campaign highlighted The Bahamas’ 14 major islands unimpacted by the storm, which contributed to the country’s record-breaking year with 7.2 million visitors in 2019.
The Bahamas Awarded in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards– Four Bahamian hotels were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Kamalame Cay, Rosewood Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar were included in the Top 15 Resorts in the Atlantic Islands category.
The Bahamas Takes Home 13 Awards in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards – The Islands of The Bahamas has been recognized in this year’s Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, with placements highlighting the destination’s vast dive offerings across 700 islands and cays. The country was voted number one for Best Big Animals, placed in the top five for Best Overall Destination, Best Cave Diving, Best Snorkeling and Best Value and in the top ten for Best Wreck Diving, Best Wall Diving, Best Advanced Diving, Best Photography, Best Shore Diving, Best Macro Life and Best Health of Marine Life.
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.
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Limerick’s Adare Manor has won Ireland’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2020, for the second year in a row, while EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has been named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction also for the second year.
The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals, and business and leisure travel consumers globally.
The five-star castle resort, which re-opened in November 2017 after a 21-month restoration, refurbishment and expansion project, beat competition such as Conrad Dublin and Dromoland Castle to earn the title this year.
Colm Hannon, chief executive of Adare Manor, said it was an honour to receive award. “This category is hugely competitive due to the many exceptional world-class hotels and resorts we have here in Ireland. we are very grateful, particularly during these challenging times,” he said.
EPIC museum, which is located in the vaults of the CHQ building in Docklands, Dublin, won the award over finalists around Europe including the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and Buckingham Palace.
President Michael D Higgins congratulated the museum for winning the award and its role in highlighting Ireland’s emigrant experiences.
“As a society, we are deeply grateful to EPIC for keeping the memory of our shared past alive,” he said.
Patrick Greene, director of EPIC Museum, said: “We are immensely proud to receive this recognition two years running . . . In the same spirit that more people are ‘shopping local’, we hope that Irish people will have even more reason to experience a two-time winner tourist attraction on their own doorstep”.
Other Irish winners include The Convention Centre Dublin of Europe’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the fourth year in a row and Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, the winner of Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour for the third year back-to-back.
World Travel Awards 2020 winners: Ireland
Hotel: Adare Manor, Co Limerick
Business Hotel: The Shelbourne, Dublin
Boutique Hotel: The Clarence, Dublin
Luxury Hotel: The Conrad, Dublin
Hotel Suite: Presidential Suite at the Conrad Dublin
Awards presented as part of 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience
Ashburn, Va., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Presented as part of the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience, the sponsor of the National Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting, LLC.
The 2020 Gold Medal Grand Plaque recipients are:
Class I (population 400,001 and over)
Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)
Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)
Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)
Class V (population less than 30,000)
Armed Forces Recreation Award
In presenting the Grand Plaques, AAPRA President Dianne Hoover shared, “The National Gold Medal Awards, both the Finalist and the Grand Plaques, are especially significant this year as agencies were adapting to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Agencies were experiencing unprecedented increase in park usage at the same time they were adapting to new recreation program delivery challenges. Each agency is to be commended and congratulated.”
Founded in 1965, the National Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials.
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.
To learn more about the Gold Medal Awards, visit aapra.org or nrpa.org/awards.
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
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JOHNS CREEK, GA — Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division has been recognized by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association with four distinguished awards, city officials announced Tuesday.
The prestigious awards, which were announced at the annual GRPA Conference in this month, include: State of Georgia Agency of the Year Award, District 7 Agency of the Year Award, Administrator of the Year Award for District 7 to Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Recreation Manager Kirk Franz, and Volunteer of the Year Award, which was awarded to Dianna Aichele.
The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities.
“These esteemed industry recognitions further exemplify Johns Creek as a city with exceptional recreation and park management leaders, volunteers and programs,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers have helped to create one of the most admired and recognized family of park facilities and community programming in the state and across the entire southeast.”
The District 7 Agency of the Year Award recognizes the top-notch service and quality of facilities within a city. Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division serves a population of 84,946 (2020). The Johns Creek team consists of five full-time employees, six permanent part-time employees and two part-time seasonal swim coaches for our JCAT Swim Team that competes in the GRPA State Swim Meet.
GRPA also awarded Kirk Franz with the District 7 Administrator of the Year Award recognizing the service provided by Franz and his dedication to ensuring the highest level of recreation programing to meet the needs of a diverse community. Franz was the first recreation staff member after the Johns Creek was incorporated in December 2006.
From the outset, Franz began the development and consistency for all programing including innovative events like the first City of Johns Creek 5K; theming this environmentally friendly 5K, “Go Green – Be Green!”
The fourth GRPA award was the Volunteer of the Year Award which was bestowed to Dianna Aichele. Aichele has been a volunteer with Johns Creek and at Park Place Adult Activity Center for nine years, since the Park Place facility opened. According to city officials, she has proven herself an indispensable participant who is always willing to help new Park Place members, programing, and many other projects pertaining to Park Place.
Johns Creek maintains over 400 acres of parkland, green space, and nature preserves. The city currently operates four primary parks: Newtown Park, Ocee Park, Shakerag Park and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. The city is currently in the process of design and master planning for five additional parks: Cauley Creek, Linear Park, Bell/Boles Roads, Morton Road and State Bridge Road. The current park system offers a variety of settings and venues for multiple recreation activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit institution to support and promote the recreation and park