Category: Hospitality/ Tourism

Founded in 1978, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (GWCVB) promotes the area’s history, arts, culture and gardens to leisure travelers, business travelers and meeting planners. Sarah Willoughby joined the GWCVB in 2004 and became its executive director in 2008. She’s witnessed significant changes in the way local venues attract visitors, and in how…

  While it’s home to the state capital, Dover Air Force Base, Dover Downs International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Kent County is also liberally laced with arts and cultural attractions, farmland and small towns with character. To reflect the diversity, Kent County Tourism Corporation in 2016 revealed a new brand identity: “Delaware’s…

William A. Sullivan Courtyard by Marriott-Newark at the University of Delaware University of Delaware Hospitality Business Management Program in the Lerner College of Business and Economics A for-profit subsidiary of the University of Delaware, the 126-room Courtyard by Marriott is also a training ground for the university’s hospitality business-management program. We talked to Bill Sullivan,…

1. Hospitality and tourism continue to add up. In 2017, sales in Delaware restaurants were expected to top $3.8 billion. Tourism is another money-maker. A record 9 million people visited Delaware in 2016 and contributed $3.3 billion to Delaware’s gross domestic product. Because tourism in 2016 generated more than $504 million in taxes and fees…

In 1995, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery opened the first brewpub in Delaware. Located in downtown Rehoboth Beach, it was the smallest commercial brewery in the United States, making just 10 gallons of beer at a time. Today, Dogfish Head is the 12th-largest craft brewery in the country. Craft beer-lovers and hospitality pros around the country…

  In 1802, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours founded a gunpowder mill on land known as Hagley. The DuPont Company would later develop such groundbreaking products as neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar and Tyvek. Located on the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is now a museum with a prized library. Some 70,000 visitors a year come to…