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Anderson-Senter wins Hoosier Hospitality Award

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Erica Anderson-Senter, of Two-EE’s Winery in Huntington, with a 2014 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair. Eighteen representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.

“Without today’s recipients doing their jobs in such an outstanding way, our tourism efforts would be meaningless,” said Ellspermann. “These professionals and their Hoosier Hospitality are the heart and soul of the Indiana tourism industry.”

Anderson-Senter is the tasting room manager at Two-EE’s Winery and has been with the company since its inception. Her nominator cited Anderson-Senter’s small-town charm and engaging personality in making a lasting impression on visitors. She also promotes the winery through social media and is a dedicated Huntington County Tourism Blogger. Her familiarity with local tourism spots is a wonderful asset to visitors. The owners of Two-EE’s winery constantly receive high praise for Anderson-Senter’s knowledge, professionalism, hard work and welcoming attitude.

Nominations for Hoosier Hospitality Awards are submitted by community members and destination patrons. Nominations are reviewed and winners are selected by IOTD. Outstanding service is a major factor in determining whether a person returns to an individual business or destination. Tourism is big business in Indiana. An economic impact report released in December 2013 shows the travel, tourism and hospitality industry is the sixth largest industry in the state (excluding government), is directly responsible for nearly 140,000 jobs, generates over $2.1 billion in tax receipts and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. The recently-launched Honest-to-Goodness Indiana brand campaign aims to further elevate the under-told stories of Indiana’s destinations and attractions.

“A key component of Honest-to-Goodness Indiana is our state’s well-earned national reputation for Hoosier Hospitality,” said Mark Newman, executive director of IOTD. “As important as our agency and partner-bureaus are in growing the tourism trade and contributing to the financial well-being of our state, we could not succeed without the people on the frontlines who interact with visitors, guests and customers on a daily basis.”