The zealous efforts by the Village of Frankfort, its business community, volunteers and more have captured the attention of officials from the Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Village of Frankfort was honored with the “Patricia Chase Magon Municipal Leadership Award” at the Chicago Southland annual meeting.
During the Sept. 25 luncheon held at the Southland Convention Center in Oak Lawn, the Municipal Leadership award is presented to a leader who understands the value of tourism to the local and regional economy, and the impact tourism has on people’s lives and livelihoods, according to Mary Canino, village manager of community relations.
Patricia Chase Magon, a former trustee in South Holland, she had also served as chairperson for the Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. She passed away in 2002.
Sally Schlesinger, executive vice president of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, lauded Frankfort for the more than 35 annual events it hosts, including the Frankfort Fall Festival, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors from throughout Chicagoland and surrounding states.
She pointed out that Frankfort is home to a “beautiful downtown that takes advantage of its position along the Old Plank Trail.” Frankfort has welcomed more than a dozen travel writers and tour operators to the downtown district as part of various familiarization tours. Jim Garrett, president and CEO of the Chicago Southland, presented the award to Mayor Jim Holland. Mary Canino, manager of community relations for the Village, was also present at the award meeting and luncheon.
“The Village is honored to receive this award. The Village Board and staff work very hard to showcase the Frankfort community through our events and activities. We will continue our efforts to promote Frankfort as a destination for all to enjoy,” said Holland.
Mary Canino contributed to the post.
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