What does tourism mean to you?For some it's planning a road-trip across the Northwest to visit a National Park. For others, it's an international flight to an unknown country where a new culture and language await. And, for others still, it's a trip to a bustling metropolis for a weekend of shopping and fine dining.
For us, tourism is all about the people, attractions and events that help contribute to an industry that generated $467 million in visitor spending to Clark County in 2013.
Each year, your Regional Tourism Office helps recognize and honor those who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, and leadership in their efforts to draw tourists and visitors to our area. This year is no different, and we encourage our stakeholders and community partners to submit a nomination for this year's Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Awards.
Through three distinct award categories, we recognize key individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to tourism and economic growth in the region. The three categories open for nominations until Oct. 1 are:
- Tourism Ambassador Award - From a server at a local restaurant to a front desk representative or tour guide, tourism ambassadors can be anyone who works directly with visitors to the region. This award recognizes the achievements and outstanding contributions of an individual who continually strives to enhance the experience of visitors.
- Outstanding Tourism Professional - This award honors a tourism/hospitality industry professional who has gone the extra mile to promote the tourism industry in Clark County. Nominees should have a history of innovation and leadership when it comes to promoting Vancouver USA and Clark County as an ideal tourist destination.
- Spirit of Tourism Award - This award recognizes an attraction, venue, event or business that has contributed to the economic vitality of the region by attracting tourists to Vancouver USA and Clark County. The award winner will have a proven track record of drawing visitors to the region.