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March 31, 2011

Tourism Legacy Award
WRA President and CEO presented 2011 Governor’s Tourism Award

Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) President and CEO, Ed Lump, was recently recognized with a 2011 Governor’s Tourism Award, the Tourism Legacy Award. Lump was presented this award for his longstanding leadership of the tourism industry.

“I am honored to be recognized for working to keep tourism a key component of the state’s development,” said Lump. “I extend my gratitude to the Governor and the Department of Tourism for selecting me for the award, and to WRA for making the time and financial commitment to support programs that are such an integral part of the restaurant and hospitality industry.”

Lump’s 30-year career at the WRA and his leadership role as elected President of the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW), tourism’s lobbying arm, is marked by many initiatives that furthered the state’s tourism industry. Through his work with WRA and TFW, Lump has provided strong direction and lobbying acumen on many pieces of legislation:

  • Creation of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
  • Supporting a law to make Wisconsin’s public places smoke-free.
  • Lobbying for increased tourism promotional funding.
  • Passing and maintaining a law mandating a September 1st school start date.
  • Lobbying toward the Specific Information Sign (SIS) and Tourist Oriented Directional Sign (TODS) programs. (Lump also chairs the Sign Approval Committee at the Department of Transportation.)
  • Passing assumed risk and landowner liability law changes.
  • Passing a law enabling municipalities the authority to issue “Class C” wine licenses to restaurants.
  • Playing an instrumental role in the promotion and development of regional convention centers, such as the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

Lump was recognized with the Tourism Legacy Award for his dedication, service and guidance to Wisconsin tourism. Governor’s Tourism Award recipients represent the best the state’s travel and hospitality industry has to offer in creativity, stewardship, leadership, commitment to excellence and overall passion for Wisconsin’s tourism industry.

For more information on the Governor’s Tourism Awards, visit http://www.wigcot.org/awards.htm

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