Catanias honored with top tourism award

MOTT recognizes Cape family's commitment to hospitality

   Left to right: Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and Debra and Bill Catania of the Catania Hospitality Group. Photo courtesy MOTT.

On September 20, William, Debra and Steve Catania  of the Catania Hospitality Group
received the Larry D. Meehan Award at the 25th annual Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism at the Big E in Springfield, MA.

The award is named for Larry D. Meehan whose 32-year career was spent promoting Massachusetts as a premiere vacation destination. 

William, Debra and Steve are the children of V. J. Catania who began the family business in 1973 with one Hearth 'n Kettle location.  Today, Catania Hospitality Group owns and operates six Hearth 'n Kettle restaurants, the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, the Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich and the John Carver Inn & Spa in Plymouth.

"Larry has been a friend of mine for over 35 years. There is no greater honor for us than to be recognized for our contributions in tourism for the state of Massachusetts by receiving this award in his name," said Debra Catania.

The Larry D. Meehan Award honors people who have made an important contribution to the promotion of the Commonwealth as a tourism and travel destination. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on