August 21, 2014 (New York, NY): Mike Gallagher, co-chairman and co-founder of City Pass, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Hotel Excellence Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Gallagher will be on hand to accept the award at the event, held Monday, January 26, 2015, at the iconic Cipriani Wall Street.
This prestigious award is given to an individual or association that demonstrates exceptional achievement in their field and outstanding contributions to New York City’s hospitality industry. Drew and Tracy Nieporent, of Myriad Restaurant Group, received the 2013 award.
Prior to launching City Pass in 1996 with his partner, Mike Morey, Gallagher had accumulated a wealth of experience as both a theme-park executive and a tourism leader. He started his career in various operations and marketing capacities at SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. In subsequent years, he held executive positions for Marine World Africa USA (now Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). Shortly after leaving Marine World in 1997, Gallagher and Morey introduced the CityPASS® concept in San Francisco and Seattle. The popular program quickly expanded to eight additional cities and Southern California.
Gallagher is a member of NYC & Company, and, on a national scale, he is a Chairman’s Circle board member and second vice chair for the U.S. Travel Association. Gallagher was also actively involved in the passage of the 2010 Travel Promotion Act and was a member of the task force that created the blueprint for the Corporation for Travel Promotion, now Brand USA. He also served as a loaned executive to Brand USA in 2012 and was inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s prestigious Hall of Leaders that same year. In 2014, he was appointed to a two-year term on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be singled out for this award,” Gallagher says. “When my business partner, Mike Morey, and I developed the CityPASS® concept about 17 years ago, we realized that even the best idea needs a dedicated team of people to make it work. And that’s what we have. In New York City, for example, we partner with the very best attractions—the attractions that visitors from all over the world would enjoy and want to visit. And within our offices, we have a terrific team of employees who work tirelessly to market our partner attractions and destinations. It’s an unbeatable combination that has played a significant role in my professional success.”
“This year, we are delighted to honor Mike Gallagher, co-chairman and co-founder of City Pass, with our prestigious award,” Where® IN New York Publisher Charlie McNiff says. “This accolade celebrates the best of the best in the tourism and travel industries, and Mike’s contributions—bringing the CityPASS® program to New York, as well as other major visitor destinations—are undisputed.”
The Hotel Excellence Awards (HEA) program is hosted by Where® IN New York, a division of Morris Media Network, a multi-media publishing company—in cooperation with the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.
The HEA program recognizes the qualities and characteristics that exhibit superior service and achievement in New York City’s hospitality industry. The program is comprised of the Hotel Experience Awards, selected by the readers of Where® New York and IN New York magazines; and the Silver Plume Awards, which honor exemplary customer service demonstrated by Concierges and their Managers and are selected by New York City Association of Hotel Concierges’ members.
A silent auction—containing hundreds of luxury items— will be held to benefit the Les Clefs d’Or Foundation, the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges’ Charitable Fund, the Hotel Association of New York City Scholarship Fund and Big Apple Greeter.
About City Pass:
City Pass, an innovative attractions marketing company that provides significant savings on ticket packages to the top attractions in 11 North American destinations, sprang from the collaborative efforts of co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey. Beginning in 1996, the two combined their respective attraction marketing and industry research skills to launch a company, whose products currently enjoy a 95 percent customer recommendation rating. From its initial 1997 debut in the cities of San Francisco and Seattle, the CityPASS® program has expanded to include New York City, Southern California, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Tampa Bayand Toronto.
About Where® IN New York:
Where® IN New York is a division of Morris Media Network. Where® IN New York’s market-leading visitor publications include Where GuestBook® New York, Where® New York and IN New York magazines and Where® IN New York Map. Reaching every segment of the visitor market—from leisure and family to business and luxury travel—Where® IN New York products appear at 375 of New York’s most distinguished hotels, and in upscale corporate housing, private clubs, airports, residential buildings, Amtrak trains and Acela VIP lounges, generating an annual readership in excess of 32 million. For more information, log on to www.mvpny.net
Mackenzie Allison, Where® IN New York Marketing Editor