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SEATTLE – The Municipal League of King County presented its award for “Organization of the Year” to Visit Seattle at its 56th Annual Civic Awards last night. Visit Seattle was recognized for its contributions to the community, including its ongoing destination marketing and branding programs, development of overseas tourism markets, convention marketing and leisure travel marketing via the Seattle Tourism Improvement area.
The Civic Awards were held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle before an audience of 400. Seattle Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas presented the award to Visit Seattle and it was accepted by Tom Norwalk, President & CEO.
Joncas noted Visit Seattle’s marketing efforts around the world which are sometimes less visible on the home front. She underscored the results and regional impact, including county-wide overnight visitor volume of 18.6 million, visitor spending of $6 billion, state and local tax receipts of nearly $600 million and some 68,000 jobs supported by the tourism industry.
In accepting the award, Norwalk referenced James R. Ellis, namesake for one of the other Civic Awards presented and longtime civic activist and visionary behind construction of the Washington State Convention Center. “It’s both ironic and fortunate that we speak of the legendary Jim Ellis here tonight, and the passion and dedication with which he worked to build our convention center in the 1980s. We will draw from his vision as we work now to expand the center for the benefit of Seattle, King County and the region.”
The annual awards ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of elected officials, public employees, other citizen groups, the news media and individual citizens who make outstanding contributions to the community and to better government.
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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