Tom Walsh, Awarded Special Service Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Greg Dugal Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
TOM WALSH, OCEAN PROPERTIES LTD.
HONORED AT MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Freeport, ME – November 23, 2008 – The Maine Innkeepers Association awarded Tom Walsh, founder of Ocean Properties Ltd., with the Special Service Award at their 87th Annual Meeting & Conference held at Sebasco Harbor Resort, in Sebasco Estates on October 28th. The Maine Innkeepers Association presented the award in recognition of Walsh’s outstanding contributions to the lodging and hospitality industry.
Peter Daigle of LaFayette Hotels presented the award to Walsh. “This Special Service Award is made to hotelier Thomas T. Walsh for his lifetime of achievement and lasting impact on Maine’s hotel industry. Tom began his extraordinary career by selling blankets door-to-door with his father, Paddy Walsh, who came to the United States from Ireland at the age of 12 after stowing away on a ship,” stated Daigle.
Ocean Properties Ltd. was started by Walsh in 1950, and has grown into one of the largest hotel/development companies in the US, owning or operating more than 100 hotels throughout North America.
Walsh began his career with a small warehouse in Bangor, the Maine Motel Supply. He later built his first property, the Plaza Motel in Brewer, in the late sixties. This was followed by a motel and restaurant, the Lobster House, and the first franchised Holiday Inn in Maine. In 1975 Walsh purchased five hotels in Florida and over the next thirty years successfully developed Ocean Properties Ltd., which now owns or operates more than 100 hotels, commercial shopping centers and apartment complexes.
Ocean Properties Ltd. in Maine include the Samoset Resort, the Bar Harbor Regency and the Harborside Hotel and Marina next to the renovated Bar Harbor Club.
“The Maine Innkeepers Association is pleased to thank and recognize Thomas Walsh for raising Maine’s hotel industry to world-class level,” said Daigle.
About the Maine Innkeepers Association
The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.