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Press Release

News Release
March 19, 2014

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David Blandford
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Seattle’s 2014 Tourism Ambassador of the Year Announced

SEATTLE – The 2014 Seattle Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award to David Snead, Lead Admissions Representative at Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on March 18 at Visit Seattle’s annual meeting, called the 2014 Seattle Tourism Outlook, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The event was attended by some 650 regional tourism industry professionals, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and other dignitaries. King County Executive Dow Constantine presented the award to Snead, whose winning nomination was selected from dozens by a regional judging committee that represented a cross section of the tourism industry. Judges reviewed nominees on criteria ranging from visitor service and high professional standards to job knowledge, professional leadership and influence, representing the industry and serving as examples of achievement and success.

During his five-year tenure at SAM, Snead has been hailed for high standards of patron service, knowledge of permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits such as Picasso and others, as well as city knowledge and proactive outreach to hotels and concierge professionals to educate them about SAM and its offerings.

In addition to Snead, three other industry professionals were selected to be official Seattle Tourism Ambassadors for 2014. They include: Sivi Mennen, General Manager at AQUA by El Gaucho; Tyler Davis, Signature Guide & International Program Director with Evergreen Escapes; and Richard Powell, Lead Concierge at the Westin Seattle Hotel with more than 30 years of service at the hotel.

Tourism Ambassadors are a featured component of the Why Tourism Matters advocacy campaign, which was started by Visit Seattle in 2008 and has since been joined by destination marketing organizations across Washington State. Visit the campaign web site to learn more and to see a video with Seattle’s 2014 class of Tourism Ambassadors.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. Visit our About Us page for more information about Visit Seattle.

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