Visit Sarasota County Announced Winners of Annual National Tourism Week Awards


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Visit Sarasota County Announced Winners of  Annual National Tourism Week Awards

SARASOTA, FL – May 9, 2013-- VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY announced this morning the recipients of the 2013 National Tourism Week Awards at a ceremony breakfast held at Westfield Southgate Mall. All winners, except for the Voice of Sarasota, in each of the categories below, were nominated by their peers with the winner being voted on by a selection panel comprised of members in the hospitality industry.  Both nominees and winners were recognized at this event.  


Voice of Sarasota: Nik Wallenda

Guest Service Excellence-Management: Kate Hedding at Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant

Guest Service Excellence-Front Line: Barbara Slater of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Guest Service Excellence-Heart of House: Kevin Greene of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Guest Service Excellence-Lodging: Carol Clark of Holiday Inn Lido Beach

Guest Service Excellence-Volunteer: Barbara and Ian McKenzie of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota AND Tommy Vaughan-Birch: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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.