Annual State of Tourism Meeting

It's a Wonderful Life in Thurston County 2021

 

2021 Tourism Awards

Recognizing outstanding tourism professionals in Thurston County. Winners for each category displayed in bold.

Community Unity Award

The Community Unity Award is for those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.

Dannielle Knutson, Owner & Operator, Olympia Oyster House, Budd Bay Cafe, River's Edge Restaurants

George Sharp, Rural Program Manager, Thurston Economic Development Council

Thurston Strong Economic Recovery Initiative

 


Tourism Visionary Award

The Tourism Visionary Award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.

Shauna Stewart, Former CEO, Experience Olympia & Beyond

Shina Wysocki, Owner, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

George Sharp, Rural Program Manager, Thurston Economic Development Council

John Doan, City Administrator, City of Tumwater

Board of Directors, South Sound Maritime Heritage Association

 


Excellence in Hospitality Award

All who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. The Excellence in Hospitality Award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.

Nathan Allan, Owner, Swantown Inn & Spa

Amilia Forsberg and Lucas Aguiar, General Manager, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

Mark Solberg, Maintenance Manager, Quality Inn Lacey

Joe Anderson, Regional District Manager, La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater

 


Patrick Knutson Tourism Legend Award

The Patrick Knutson Tourism Legend Award honors an individual who has served in the hospitality industry for 10+ years and either currently resides in or has roots in Thurston County. The award winner should exemplify the characteristics of leadership, innovation and stewardship in hospitality over his or her lifetime.

Pam Oates, General Manager, Budd Bay Cafe

Zoe Wells, Owner & Front of House Manager, La Petite Maison

Dannielle Knutson, Owner & Operator, Olympia Oyster House, Budd Bay Cafe, River's Edge Restaurants

Kerri Simon, Co-Owner, JP’s 316 Bistro

Patty Belmonte, CEO, Hands On Children’s Museum

 

 

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