Friday, September 11, 2015

Sixth Annual Awards Presented to AABBA Associate/Travel Partners

Sixth Annual AABBA Awards
Another Alaskan summer has passed, and earlier this week the Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association (AABBA) celebrated by honoring and showing gratitude to all of our Associate / Travel Partners at the 6th annual Associate Travel Partner (ATP) Appreciation and Awards Ceremony!  

The purpose of this event is to thank each and every ATP for the great service and Alaskan experiences they provide to our guests. 

Each year the event is accompanied with a spread of homemade foods, good conversation, stories and camaraderie.  We always learn something new about the goods, services, and travel opportunities available to our guests.  This year, we learned that Once in a Blue Moose has been a family owned Alaskan business since 1969, with now three generations of Alaskans bringing unique gifts and souvenirs to Alaska's Visitors.  And Ascending Path has extended its tour repertoire to appeal to families and elders, with new adventures to come in 2016! What great stories and plans!  

Patrick receives award for
Kenai Fjords Tours
from VP Mary M Rydesky
AABBA’s Associate / Travel Partners offer a variety of services and goods that provide and create a quality, enjoyable, memorable experience for leisure visitors and business travelers.   It is always so difficult to choose the annual winners from among 50+ Associate / Travel Partners representing restaurants, museums, cultural centers, theaters, land, sea and air tours, marketing, lodging, and other types of support services. 

Awards were presented in the following categories for the 2015 season:

Best Alaska Experience - Alaska Native Heritage Center
Best Dining Experience  Glacier Brewhouse, Haute Quarter Grill, and Orso Restaurant
Innovative Approach to Making Guests Feel Special -  Kenai Fjord Tours, Orso Restaurant
Best Business to Business Service in Support of Tourism The Alaska App, Sam Wasson Photography
Rookie of the Year, New Member - South Restaurant & Coffeehouse
Advocacy for Bed & Breakfasts in Tourism - Visit Anchorage!

If you happen to visit any of these businesses, join us in thanking them for their service and dedication by congratulating them on their 2015 recognition.  We would also love to hear any feedback you might have on some of your own Alaskan experiences and memories made possible by one of our Associate / Travel Partners! 

--Innkeeper Krista Walker, Alaska House of Jade, is a member of the
 Anchorage Alaska Bed & Breakfast Association

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