Nominations are now open for the Thurston County Tourism Awards.

The awards are put on by Experience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s visitor and convention bureau, and recognize local community members who have “gone above and beyond to help champion tourism to Thurston County.”

There are three awards, each designed to highlight individuals who “unite the community, work tirelessly towards achieving a long-term vision, and show exceptional hospitality to better the experience for visitors and tourism in Thurston County.”

The awards are:

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.”

Tourism Visionary Award

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

Excellence in Hospitality Award

The Excellence in Hospitality Award honors “a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.”

Anyone can nominate a qualified community member. Nominations are open through Friday, April 11 and can be submitted online.

The awards are announced at the annual State of Tourism meeting, 3 to 6 p.m. May 2 at Stampfer Retreat Center in Olympia.





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