The Tourism Leadership Council (TLC) held its 15th Annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner presented by Visit Savannah on last Thursday, at the Hyatt Regency. The cocktail reception began at 5:30pm.
“This year TLC focus is on the 22,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality,” said Michael Owens, president/CEO of the TLC. “We want to honor the amazing work they do day after day to provide unforgettable experiences to our 12 million guests each year.”
This year’s theme, “I am tourism” reflects the TLC’s 2013 campaign focusing on the one in seven who work in tourism and hospitality in Savannah. One of the highest awards will be the “I am tourism” award given to an individual who embodies the very hospitality for which Savannah is so widely known. This year this person is Wilhelmina Scott. City of Savannah.
The TLC presented this year’s Herb & Franklin Traub Visionary Award to the Honorable Mayor Edna Jackson, City of Savannah who leads the city in efforts to bring people together. This year’s John P. Rousakis Community Champion Award went to Peter Doliber, West Broad Street YMCA who effortlessly cares for people by, among other things, offering childcare to tourism workers. The winner of TLC Service Star Award is Dot Davis, Georgia Welcome Center and the Service Leader Award for exemplary job performance in the hospitality industry went to Charlie Wentway, Garibaldi’s. The TLC Member of the Year award was presented to Bob Coffey, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.
“We are excited to be giving away $5,000 in scholarships this year,” said Owens.
“We work yearround to raise money for deserving students studying hospitality and tourism.”
This year the Sheldon Fox Scholarships have been awarded to three local students pursuing careers in tourism and hospitality: Ev- geniya Krasnoslobodtseva and Alcatrenia White both from Savannah Technical College, and Tania Smith- Jones from Strayer University. The TLC raises money through raffle prizes donated by area businesses.
The Tourism Leadership Council serves as the leading trade organization for tourism, an industry with more than 22,000 employees and a $2billion economic impact in the Savannah area. For more information about the organization, please visit www.tourismleadershipcouncil.com