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Nov. 16, 2012

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Go Wichita honors local tourism industry excellence

(Wichita, Kan.) - Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau recognized seven individuals and organizations for their excellence in promoting hospitality and tourism in the Wichita area during 2012. The awards were presented at the Go Wichita 2012 Annual Meeting held at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Nov. 16, 2012.

Go Wichita Tourism Awards were presented in four categories:

  • Innkeeper of the Year - Hotel at WaterWalk. This award honors a hotelier that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to its clients, Go Wichita and the community
  • Destination Promotion Award - Theater League. This award acknowledges an attraction or company that has demonstrated an outstanding effort to promote the Wichita area
  • Corporate Partnership Award - City of Wichita, Wichita Area Hotel/Lodging Committee, American Cab/ABC Taxi and Best Cabs Inc. for their partnership in revising the city's taxicab regulations. This annual award recognizes an organization that has been an outstanding partner with Go Wichita to promote area travel and tourism.
  • Distinguished Service Award - Stephen Stewart, Hyatt Regency Wichita general manager. This award recognizes an individual who has significantly given time, talents and resources to promote tourism locally, regionally and on a statewide basis

"It's exciting to be able to honor the people and groups who make outstanding contributions to the local travel and tourism industry," said Susie Berglund Santo, Go Wichita president and CEO.

For more information, contact Ken Vandruff, director of communications, at 316.660.6305 or kvandruff@gowichita.com

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About Visit Wichita

Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2013 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Wichita MSA.