Corning Museum of Glass Awarded 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award by TripAdvisor

Corning Museum of Glass Awarded 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award by TripAdvisor

May 29, 2013

Corning Museum of Glass receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence AwardCorning, NY—The Corning Museum of Glass has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. The Corning Museum of Glass has a five out of five star rating.

“We appreciate that our visitors take the time to post such thoughtful remarks about their experiences here. We’re honored by the overwhelmingly positive response that we consistently receive on TripAdvisor,” said Beth Duane, marketing and community relations director for the Museum. “We work hard to ensure that visitors of all ages have a memorable experience, and we want them to leave not only with a deeper appreciation of glass, but also of the Finger Lakes region.”

More than 400,000 visitors from around the world visit The Corning Museum of Glass each year.

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission.

In 2012, the Museum announced a $64 million, 100,000-square-foot expansion project featuring new galleries for contemporary works in glass and an innovative renovation of the iconic ventilator building of the former Steuben Glass factory into one of the world’s largest facilities for public glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions. The North Wing Addition is slated to open in 2014. The Museum remains open throughout the expansion project, with all current galleries and programs available.

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