Austin, Texas -
AUSTIN -- Longtime tourism industry professional Jerry Holt of Traders Village was named the 2014 recipient of the Gene Phillips Hospitality Award from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Highly respected among his tourism colleagues and peers, Holt is renowned for his professionalism and volunteer work. He has 40 years of experience in Texas tourism, including his current role in sales, tourism and promotions at Traders Village in Grand Prairie. Traders Village is considered the largest weekly flea market, shopping and vendor marketplace of its kind in the U.S., and attracts thousands of people every weekend to its DFW-Metroplex location alone.
Throughout his career, Holt has been a regular fixture on committees and boards for the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Texas Tourism Industry Association, Panhandle Days in Austin, the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, the Tourism Advisory Council for the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism, and many others.
“Throughout his distinguished career, Jerry Holt has been the kind of worker who represents the best of the Texas tourism industry,” said Margo Richards, director of TxDOT’s Travel Information Division. “He remains a consummate ambassador for the state and is a perfect fit for the Gene Phillips Award.”
The award recognizes Holt’s career-long contributions, involvement in legislation and work that specifically impacts Texas’ $65.7 billion travel and tourism industry.
The award was presented during the 59th annual Texas Travel Counselors Conference.
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