Hammond, Ind. (December 5, 2018) – More than 200 local business leaders, elected officials and hospitality professionals gathered to celebrate the holiday and a year of good cheer at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Each year, at the holiday reception, the South Shore CVA honors outstanding individuals and businesses that represent the hospitality industry and help further the tourism industry along the South Shore. This year marked the 35th  annual celebration.

The following individuals and businesses were recognized this year for their contributions to the industry:

Home2 Suites, Merrillville
2018 Hotel of the Year


Bartlett’s Fish Camp, Michigan City
2087 Restaurant of the Year

WhoaZone at Whihala Beach, Whiting
2018 Attraction of the Year


City of East Chicago
2018 Festivals and Events of the Year


Lake County Parks and Recreation
2018 Outstanding Organization of the Year


The Honorable Brian Snedecor, Mayor of Hobart
2018 Elected Official of the Year


John Davies 
Chester F. Dobis – Lifetime Achievement Award

“Each year we honor businesses that have made substantial improvements and contributed to the hospitality industry to improve the region for residents as well as visitors,” said Speros A. Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.