FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Kirby, Marketing & Communications Manager
Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau
(360) 750-1553 x18 - Vancouver, Washington
SEVEN RECEIVE CLARK COUNTY TOURISM AWARDS
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Seven recipients of the Clark County Tourism Awards were announced at
an awards ceremony held yesterday, February 18, at The Heathman Lodge.
Sponsored by the Vancouver Business Journal, this annual awards celebration is hosted by the
Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau with support from the Clark County Lodging
Association, the City of Vancouver and Clark County. It highlights the achievements, successes,
partnerships, and leaders in Clark County's growing tourism industry.
Tim Leavitt, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart were
there to speak on the importance of tourism in creating jobs, providing business opportunities and in
strengthening our local economy.
Tourism is a vital component of our community that generates $421 million in direct visitor spending
in Clark County each year. The industry employs over 4,000 people in the County and brings in
nearly $30 million in state and local tax revenue. The Clark County Tourism Awards recognizes the
people in the industry, businesses, events and attractions that contribute to the success of this industry
in our community.
This year's awardees in each of the categories are:
People's Choice Restaurant Award : Hudson's Bar & Grill
Rising Star in Tourism Award: Andrea Dauber - Phoenix Inn Suites
Retail Excellence Award: Vancouver Farmers Market
Outstanding Event Award: Clark County Fair
Outstanding Attraction or Venue: The Amphitheater At Clark County
Outstanding Tourism Service Award: Fort Vancouver National Site
Outstanding Tourism Impact Award: NAIA Cross Country National Championships