For Immediate Release:
Canalside Recognized by Society of American Travel Writers
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced that the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) has awarded Canalside with its 2016 Phoenix Award, which recognizes individuals, communities or organizations that have contributed to a quality travel experience through conservation, preservation, beautification or environmental efforts. Canalside, along with the Bruce Trail Conservancy in Ontario, Canada, was named an awardee at SATW’s annual core convention that took place in Wenzhou, China on October 24 to 29.
“This international recognition is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the staff and board at ECHDC that believed from day one that once the area was reclaimed, we could transform it into one of America’s brightest historical and recreational treasures,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia. “We continue to work hard every day drive progress along Buffalo’s waterfront and deliver on Governor Cuomo’s promise of creating a world-class waterfront for the people of Buffalo. We have created new opportunities and public activities where there were none. I thank the Society of American Travel Writers for this award as it validates our efforts at Canalside and will provide immeasurable attention to Buffalo’s amazing waterfront.”
“SATW is the premiere organization representing the highest professional standards in travel communication and photography,” said SATW President Paul Lasley. “Our members’ work appears in the top outlets around the world. Our Phoenix awards provide recognition to those who have demonstrated exemplary work to preserve and enhance travel destinations.”
Nominations were considered by the SATW Phoenix Committee and submitted with recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. Canalside was nominated for the award by Deborah Williams, an award-winning travel writer and photographer who lives outside East Aurora and is a member of the travel writers’ society. The nomination included questions regarding the project and its relationship to tourism, contributions to the preservation/conservation/beautification of the travel area, community involvement, impact on the local community and challenges or obstacles to meet the objectives of the project.
SATW has recognized tourism conservation projects through the Phoenix Awards since 1969. This marks the second Phoenix Award for a Buffalo attraction. Previously the Darwin Martin House was a recipient. Some of the other previous winners of this prestigious award include:
For more information about Canalside, visit: www.canalsidebuffalo.com.
About Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.