Galveston, TX (Oct. 26, 2021) -The Galveston Wharves communications staff was recently honored with three American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Lighthouse awards for their work to support the resumption of cruise sailings and to spotlight the importance of the maritime workforce.
The Galveston Wharves staff received the following awards at AAPA's annual convention in Austin:
- Award of Excellence (social/web-based media) – Working on the Waterfront Wednesday social media campaign
- Award of Excellence (video) – All Hands on Deck Welcome Home Sail-A-Bration
- Award of Distinction (special events) – All Hands on Deck Welcome Home Sail-A-Bration
“We are honored to receive this national recognition for our ongoing communications strategy to build the port’s brand and support our business goals and objectives,” said Rodger Rees, port director and CEO. “Kudos to our communications team for their efforts.”
Sponsored by the AAPA Public Relations Committee, the annual communications awards program has recognized excellence in port communications since 1966.
Entries for the competition are judged by an independent panel of communications professionals on situation analysis and research; identification of audience, goals, objectives, strategies and tactics; quality/clarity of content and style; skillful use of copy, photography, design, layout and graphics; and evaluation methods used to determine the communication's success.
AAPA is a trade association founded in 1912 and based in Alexandria, Va. It represents more than 150 port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
About Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston
Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Wharves has been a thriving maritime commercial center since 1825. Just 45 minutes from open seas, the 840-acre port has infrastructure and assets to serve growing cruise, cargo and commercial businesses. As the fourth most popular U.S. cruise port, it welcomed more than 1 million cruise passengers in 2019. Also one of the busiest in Texas, the port moved 4.3 million tons of cargo in 2020 and has an estimated annual state economic impact of $2.1 billion.