Virginia Haley received the Hospitality Leadership Award from USFSM

Contact: Lynn Hobeck Bates/941-955-0991 Ext. 103

E-mail: [email protected]

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 07, 2017) Virginia Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County, received the Hospitality Leadership Award at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s sixth annual “HospitaBull” dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota March 2, 2017.

The Hospitality Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have shown particular dedication to the interests of USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership through their contributions to the hospitality and tourism industries. Awardees have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities, acting as role models or mentors, and enabling others to succeed and advance in the hospitality field.

 “It has been an honor for me to have the opportunity to work with the students at the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, whether it is having them as interns here at Visit Sarasota County, being a guest speaker in class or working with a student on a research project,” Haley said after the event. “Watching these students grow and develop is a source of deep satisfaction for me.”

She said the college has enjoyed a lasting relationship not only with Visit Sarasota County but also with local hotels and restaurants.

“The outstanding faculty and leadership of the college have raised the bar for the tourism industry in our region,” she said. “They have provided tremendous insights and leadership on the challenges we face. The students have filled many workforce needs in the region. It is with great pride to see former students in professional tourism settings and performing at a high level in different positions here in Sarasota.”

For more information about Visit Sarasota County, please contact Lynn Hobeck Bates at [email protected]


Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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