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Press Release

News Release
February 5, 2015

Heather Bryant
(206) 461-5805,

David Blandford
(206) 461-5806,

Seattle’s 2015 Tourism Ambassador of the Year Announced

SEATTLE – The 2015 Seattle Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Sally Williams, Meeting and Event Manager for the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on February 5. The award was presented the 2015 Seattle Tourism Outlook, Visit Seattle’s annual meeting, held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The event was attended by more than 650 regional tourism industry professionals. Council President Tim Burgess, City of Seattle and Visit Seattle President & CEO Tom Norwalk presented the award to Williams, 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 her tenure at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel that has spanned more than 30 years, Williams is known for her enthusiasm and dedication and is recognized as going above and beyond for her guests and clients, often resulting in repeat business. She has also been honored for her community service, particularly for her work with seniors. In December 2007, the mayor proclaimed December 3 as “Sally Williams Day.”

In addition to Williams, three other industry professionals were selected to be official Seattle Tourism Ambassadors for 2015. They include: Veliere Crump, Box Office Manager for Teatro ZinZanni; Keith Dowsing, Chef Concierge with the Alexis Hotel; and Diana Hennick, Visitor Services Manager at The Center for Wooden Boats.

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 2015 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.

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