Lexington, KY -- VisitLEX, the Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Bluegrass Tourism and Marketing Association (BTMA) are teaming up to present the inaugural Lexington Hospitality Awards. The awards ceremony will be held in May during the annual BHA Tourism Forum and Trade Show.

The Lexington Hospitality Awards program will honor front-line staff and volunteers in the tourism and hospitality industry in Lexington who have demonstrated exceptional service. Individuals eligible for nomination are non-managerial and non-supervisory staff or volunteers at Lexington attractions (includes tour guides), Blue Grass Airport, accommodations, restaurants and Lexington Center. Nominees should have direct contact or provide support to visitors and customers and be an outstanding ambassador for Lexington.

Mary Quinn Ramer, VisitLEX president, recently stated: "The people working in Lexington's tourism industry truly make our destination memorable for visitors. Their attentive customer service and gracious hospitality help create unforgettable experiences, which is critical to ensuring repeat visitation."

Lexington attracted double-digit growth in tourism in 2015. Increases in local food and beverage attractions in addition to hosting the Breeders' Cup Championships contributed to this growth. Lexington received high marks from Breeders' Cup for providing an exceptional visitor experience both at Keeneland Race Course and venues throughout the city.

In recognition of the crucial role front line staff play in a destination's success, VisitLEX, BHA and BTMA are excited to celebrate the hospitality staff members that make such an impact on Lexington's tourism economy.

To nominate a deserving individual, visit www.visitlex.com/nominate.
Nominations will be accepted through March 31, 2016.

About VisitLEX
VisitLEX is a destination sales, marketing, and service organization charged with promoting Lexington's Bluegrass Region for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy. For more information: www.visitlex.com