Thurston County's tourism industry can only be as successful as the people working behind the scenes planning the events, running the businesses, marketing the area, and of course, making all guests feel welcome and at home here. It's this combined body of work that brings visitors to our area. That said, some individuals truly took hospitality and destination development to the next level in the past 12 months, and these are the people we want to recognize via the 2023 Tourism Awards. 2023 Winners are in bold.
Boldness In Tourism Award Nominees
This individual brought bold, new ideas and innovative ways of attracting visitors to Thurston County in the past 12 months. They took risks and thought "out of the box", and the result is growing enthusiasm about visiting the iconic destinations in Thurston County.
- Alicia Elliott, West Central Park Neighborhood Center
- Wayne Fournier, City of Tenino Mayor
- Christen Greene, Team-Tomorrow
- Mitch Lewis, Summit Farms
- Ryan Perkins, Oly Town Artesians Soccer Club / Olympia Ballroom
- Janine Phillips, Hampton Inn & Suites
- Donna Taylor Mayo, Tenino Arts