WaterFire Providence was honored among others in the industry for its positive impact on the RI tourism and convention scene at the annual Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) Ambassador Award Luncheon. Barnaby Evans accepted the award on behalf of WaterFire Providence and for all the work of our volunteers and staff.
There are so many people who join with us to make the magic happen in the streets of Providence. I accept this award in everyone’s name while wishing thanks to so many people who make it all possible.
PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan cited Barnaby and WaterFire Providence for their Loyal Partner Award with these words:
Many people know that Barnaby Evans and WaterFire Providence have heightened Providence’s profile as a Creative Capital and a highly-regarded arts destination. Our tourism partners also know that WaterFire is a top draw for leisure visitors and helps to fill hotel rooms on summer weekends.
What most people might not know is how WaterFire impacts our meeting and convention business. On the sales side, it is a unique and unusual opportunity for our clients. Planners who sponsor WaterFire are able to give their attendees once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Barnaby also became an ambassador this year, when WaterFire brought the 2013 Art of Placemaking Conference to the Omni Hotel in November.
It is my pleasure to present Barnaby Evans with our Loyal Partner Award.
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”PWCVB Board Chair Jeffrey Hirsh joined Martha Sheridan in presenting the award to Barnaby Evans.” ]
Scheduled conferences in 2014 that will include a WaterFire lighting are the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Annual Meeting, the Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, and Rally 2014: The National Land Conservation Conference.
In the past WaterFire has been featured at many of the conventions that the PWCVB brings to Providence including: Necronomicon Providence 2013, Netroots Nation 2012, the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives Annual Meeting in 2012, IEEE Power and Energy Society Conference & Exposition in 2011, The Coalition of State Governments Conference in 2010, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in 2010, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in 2009.
[sc name=photo-caption caption=”Waterplace Park Basin and the Bridge of Stars, photo by James Turner.” ]
About the author
I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.