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Dani Cummins, recipient of the 2012 John Minta Tourism Award, poses with Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau Executive Director Jim Keith, left, and Board of Managers President Dr. James H. Becker, right, at the Bureau’s annual National Tourism Week dinner at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center on May 10.

Dani Cummins has been awarded the 2012 John H. Minta Tourism Award by the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Cummins, Falls of the Ohio State Park Foundation Director, was given the award that honors the memory of Board of Managers past President and long-time Clarksville Town Council President John H. Minta, who had a passion for Southern Indiana, its cities, towns, historic sites and tourism opportunities, according to a bureau press release.

The award was given at the annual National Tourism Week dinner at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center on May 10. It is given based on the level of contribution to the tourism industry, such as creating a significant economic impact in the communities, multiple years of contributions, the outcome of those contributions and the long-term gain by the tourism industry.

The award honors those who, like Minta, have displayed devotion and enthusiasm and who have created momentum in promoting tourism over multiple years with significant contributions to the tourism industry in Clark and Floyd counties of Southern Indiana, the Sunny Side of Louisville.

Since 1994, the Falls of the Ohio State Park and Interpretive Center has been serving local residents and international visitors. The Interpretive Center has hosted more than 950,000 guests since its opening which includes students, sightseers, anglers, hikers, canoeists and other recreationalists. Cummins has been a big part of those activities.

Before the first guest arrived at the Interpretive Center, she was working tirelessly to build the center into what it is today, according to the release. Cummins continues a strong devotion to the Falls of the Ohio Foundation whose mission is to preserve and interpret the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Falls of the Ohio, and to promote educational initiatives for a better understanding of this unique natural resource.

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