Seattle’s 2016 Tourism Ambassador of the Year Announced

News Release

April 28, 2016



Heather Bryant

(206) 461-5805



Seattle’s 2016 Tourism Ambassador of the Year Announced

Tourism Excellence Award Presented to Crew of Visit Seattle Clipper Around the World Yacht


SEATTLE – The 2016 Seattle Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Carolyn Nicolls, Visitor Services Team Lead for the EMP Museum on April 25. The award was presented at the 2016 Seattle Tourism Outlook, Visit Seattle’s annual meeting, held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The event was attended by more than 750 regional tourism industry professionals. King County Executive Dow Constantine presented the award to Nicolls, whose winning nomination was selected 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.

Nicolls’ tenure at the EMP Museum is rooted in a visit she made to the museum two weeks after her move to Seattle. As a fan of music and pop culture, she knew it was the place she wanted to work and at a job fair at the museum a week later, she made her dream a reality. Her favorite part of her job is the private tours she does with the Make a Wish Foundation.

In addition to Nicolls, three other industry professionals were selected to be official Seattle Tourism Ambassadors for 2016. They include: Gavin Stephenson, Executive Chef for the Fairmont Olympic Hotel; Tom Wilcox, Visitor Center Operations Services Coordinator at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center; and Paula Wright Guest Services Assistant Manager at CenturyLink Field.

Visit Seattle also presented the Seattle Tourism Champion Award to the crew of the Visit Seattle Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for their remarkable courage and steadfast achievement as they sail across great oceans and carry the Seattle name around the world.


 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. For more information, visit


About Seattle Tourism Ambassadors:

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 at to learn more and to see a video with Seattle’s 2016 class of Tourism Ambassadors.



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