Tourism Cares Restores Vibrancy to Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II
PLYMOUTH, Mass., Oct. 2, 2013
More than 275 volunteers donate $160,000 of labor to iconic destination
Effort saved 2,113 hours of staff time
PLYMOUTH, Mass., Oct.2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tourism Cares today
announced the successful completion of a large-scale rejuvenation of Plimoth
Plantation, the Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that annually attracts more
than 350,000 guests. On Friday, September 27, World Tourism Day, more than 275
volunteers from 21 states and 113 companies donated $160,000 of labor in
advance of 2020, the highly anticipated 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's
transatlantic voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Volunteers made enhancements
to the museum's authentic timber palisade, visitor center, and grounds,
including the Wampanaog Homesite; Mayflower II, now a 54-year-old wind vessel;
Burial Hill, recently listed in the Register of Historic Places; and the town
of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Tourism Cares also awarded a $10,000 grant to
Plimoth Plantation to support ongoing revitalization of its 130-acre campus
overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Tourism Cares preserves iconic travel experiences
and is the largest volunteer organization for tourism professionals in the
"The gift of your valuable time will help us to continue to fulfill our
educational mission and provide guests with an engaging, transformative
experience that touches lives in meaningful ways," said Ellie Donovan,
executive director of Plimoth Plantation, during the closing outdoor ceremony.
"Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, and the town of Plymouth are national
treasures. You have helped preserve these for the future, and we are grateful
Tourism Cares volunteers saved Plimoth Plantation and Friends of Burial Hill
an estimated 2,113 hours of valuable staff time. Volunteers restored 300 feet
of the timber palisade surrounding the museum's iconic 17th-century village;
sanded, scraped, and painted all the interior surfaces of the Mayflower II's
outdoor decks; cleanedlichen and mold from 160 infested gravestones at Burial
Hill, an early U.S. cemetery spanning the Mayflower's arrival to the Civil
War; cleaned debris and stacked necessary deadfall firewood for the Wampanoag
Homesite, an outdoor living history exhibit; and made enhancements to the
museum's visitor center, parking lot, andgrounds, including nearly 10,000
square feet of painting; approximately 150 feet ofnew outdoor decking, and
removal of invasive species.
"We are honored to have contributed to the vibrancy of Plimoth Plantation and
the town of Plymouth," said Mike Rea, president of Tourism Cares. "Tourism
Cares is a movement that channels the goodwill of the global travel and
"Mayflower II is out in the harsh New England weather and sees hundreds of
thousands of visitors every year," said Peter Arenstam, skipper of Mayflower
II. "Tourism Cares has allowed our staff to focus on structural repairs that
we must complete before 2020."
In honor of the effort, Plimoth Plantation and the Town of Plymouth named
September 27 Tourism Cares Day in Plymouth.
Tourism Cares is grateful to sponsors Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts Office
of Travel and Tourism, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Destination Plymouth, Town of
Plymouth, Visitor Services Board, Plymouth County Development Council, A.D.
Makepeace, Ocean Spray, Mayflower Brewing Company, Setting the Space, Cape Cod
Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Bay Winery, Trolleys by Tes, Sodexo, Pilgrim
Sands on Long Beach,MaCher, Globus Family of Brands, Smart Destinations,
Inc., AAA Travel, Marriott, Halo Branded Solutions, ADARA, American Bus
Association, NTA, United States Travel Association, United States Tour
Operators Association, United Motorcoach Association, Student Youth Travel
Association/ SYTA Youth Foundation, Lowes, On Call International, DATTCO, and
Yankee Leisure Group.
History of the "Tourism Cares for America" program
Created in the aftermath of September 11th, Tourism Cares for America brings
together the tourism industry to give back to American icons in need of care.
Volunteer restorations have united nearly 4,000 travel industry professionals
who have donated 31,189 hours at a value of $600,000 at culturally and
historically significant destinations such as Ellis Island, New Orleans, the
Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Washington,
DC, and Angel Island in San Francisco.
Announcing Tourism Cares for Miami
In 2014, Tourism Cares will leverage its strong legacy of community service to
help Friends of Miami Marine Stadium restore Cuban-American Hilario Candela's
Florida landmark and modern architectural masterpiece. Built in 1963 on
Biscayne Bay, the 6,566 seat stadium, noted for its visually arresting
cantilevered concrete roof, fell into disuse after Hurricane Andrew and had
been slated for demolition. In 2012, the National Trust for Historic
Preservation named the abandoned structure a National Treasure. Tourism Cares
will provide donations of highly skilled assistance for fundraising and other
initiatives to support its eventual and complete restoration; in May, hundreds
of travel and tourism volunteers will rejuvenate key parts of the stadium.
Professionals interested in volunteering can learn more at tourismcares.org.
Learn more and follow updates on Facebook, on Twitter: @TourismCares, on
Instagram: @Tourismcares; and #tourismcaresplimoth.
About Tourism Cares
Tourism Cares preserves and enhances the travel experience for future
generations. We channel the philanthropic passion and commitment of the travel
industry to protect and restore valuable destinations we all care about—and to
support those destinations as engines for prosperity, civil society, and pride
in their communities. Our domestic programs focus on industry-wide volunteer
events, capacity building for the nonprofit stewards of tourism sites, and
scholarships and mentoring to support a talented workforce.Globally, our
efforts include corporate social responsibility partnerships, strategic
investments, and advocacy and education across the travel industry. For more,
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