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Spirit of Tourism Award


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Congratulations to the 2017 Spirit of Tourism recipient: The American Empress!

The American Empress has homeported at the Vancouver Landing since 2014, bringing thousands of visitors from around the world to Vancouver for nine-day cruises on the Columbia River. It is the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi, accommodating up to 223 guests.

Cruises run March through November, and past shore excursions have brought guests to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Officers Row and downtown Vancouver, depending on the riverboat's route and schedule.

The Spirit of Tourism Award is awarded annually by Visit Vancouver USA. Recipients must have a demonstrable history of innovation, leadership, and collaboration, specifically in one or more of following categories: attracting visitors, assisting visitors and promoting Vancouver as a tourism destination. Past award winners include Vancouver Farmers Market, Vancouver USA Marathon, Ke Kukui Foundation and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

For more information about the American Empress, visit the American Queen Steamboat Company's website.