Yakima Valley Tourism Awards Presented

Yakima, WA: Yakima Valley Tourism recognized a local business and individual for their contributions to the tourism industry at an awards luncheon today.  Bale Breaker Brewery was presented Tourism Business of the Year for their unique brewery operation in a working hop field and for the media attention they have garnered since they opened in April 2013. John Baule, Director of the Yakima Valley Museum, was recognized as Tourism Person of the Year for his past and present efforts to enhance Yakima as a destination and his service to numerous arts and community organizations.

The luncheon was attended by 200 business and community leaders at the Yakima Convention Center. It was held in advance of National Travel and Tourism Week, which celebrates the roles tourism plays in the economy and community development. Keynote speaker was Pat Cashman, a Seattle based TV personality and speaker.

The mission of Yakima Valley Tourism is to stimulate economic development by marketing the Yakima Valley for conventions, groups and leisure travel.

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