The Charleston County Aviation Authority is a 2016 recipient of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau Golden Pineapple Award.
The award, one of five, was presented during the recent Travel Council Annual Meeting and recognizes outstanding service to the local hospitality industry. More than 300 attendees gathered at the Charleston Gaillard Center to honor the Golden Pineapple Award recipients and to hear travel industry insights from luncheon keynote speaker Joe Diaz, co-founder and chief product officer of AFAR magazine.
Since its inception in 1985, the Golden Pineapple Awards have recognized individuals and organizations that promote positive growth of tourism, the Charleston area’s largest industry. The Aviation Authority was recognized for its "vital role in the world-class renovation and expansion of Charleston International Airport."
Work began in 2012 to renovate and expand Charleston International. Opened in 1985, CHS was considered modern for the time. Today the airport has been transformed from a quaint small-town airport to a sophisticated and modern facility serving a growing business and leisure travel sector and supporting the local economy with jobs. While building a renovated airport, CHS has broken records for travel that last two years, topping 3.4 million passengers in 2015. Delta, American, United, Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska airlines offer more than 100 daily flights to 21 airports in 16 U.S. cities.
“We’re proud to have been recognized for the airport’s transformation but it took a team effort by our construction partners, Aviation Authority employees, our airlines, the rental car operators and our retail and dining concessions,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Aviation Authority. “The airport is a vital part of the Lowcountry economy. Renovating and expanding it was critical to our ability to meet economic development and travel needs of this community for years to come.”
This year’s other Golden Pineapply recipients include the following:
- Garden and Gun Magazine was recognized for the success of their signature event, Jubilee, MADE IN THE SOUTH WEEKEND.
- Terri Henning was honored for her vital role in making Charleston shine during the production of Top Chef.
- Dan Blumenstock was honored for exemplifying leadership throughout the Charleston hospitality community.
Additionally, The Honorable Michael S. Seekings was honored with the Barrett Larrimore Tourism Leadership Award for his service and dedication to the quality of growth of the hospitality industry in the Charleston area.