The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council received the Bi-National Beacon Award at Monday's Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards presented by Visit Buffalo Niagara. The awards ceremony took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 3 to 11.
The fourth annual Beacon Awards paid tribute to superior service throughout the industry, from volunteer docents to hotel general managers. VBN recognized those who help make tourism a $1.5 billion industry in Erie County.
"We are honored and thrilled to receive this award that recognizes the Legacy Council's leadership in marketing and coordinating the bicentennial commemorations since 2008," said Legacy Council CEO Brian Merrett. "There has been numerous War of 1812 events to date, and we look forward to the final year of activities in Western New York and Niagara this year, as we enter the third century of peace amongst nations."
"We would like to thank Visit Buffalo Niagara for this award and for their outstanding contribution to the Legacy Council the past three years," he added. "They have been a wonderful partner and have greatly assisted in raising awareness about the bicentennial."
The Legacy Council will host two performances of "The Honouring" by Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre (Toronto) at Old Fort Niagara this year (June 28-29).
Through successful fundraising, the LC also supports the restoration of the U.S.S. Trippe in Western New York as a legacy project.
This year marks the 200th anniversaries of the battles of Chippawa, Lundy's Lane and Cook's Mills, as well as the Siege of Fort Erie.
For a complete list of the Niagara 1814 Campaign events, visit www.discover1812.com.
The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a binational not-for-profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the U.S.
Pictured: Brian Merrett, Katie Farr and Thomas Schofield receive the award Monday.