Tourism council honors Historic New England site manager

Nov 13, 2013

At last night’s North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (NBVCB) Annual Dinner, Historic New England Site Manager Pilar Garro received the 2013 Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award, which is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the tourism industry of the North of Boston region. The event took place at Woodman’s of Essex, which is owned by Geoff Woodman’s family.

The award nomination stated, “Pilar is impossible to resist. In her role as site manager of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Pilar treats thousands of people to an experience that is unique in Gloucester, while working closely with community and regional partners to ensure that every visitor experience is a memorable one. Still, it is the way that she interacts with colleagues, staff, and visitors alike, with warm wit, boundless enthusiasm, and a palpable zest for life, that makes Pilar a perfect candidate for this award.”

During the ceremony, Pilar was also presented with surprise citations from Massachusetts Senator and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and Massachusetts State Representative for the Fifth Essex District Ann-Margaret Ferrante (pictured above with Pilar).

The North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which is one of the state’s sixteen regional tourism councils, serves Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynnfield, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, and West Newbury.