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ACVB Recognizes Outstanding Member and Volunteer Contributions to the Visitor Industry


Anchorage, Alaska – April 17, 2010 – The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) recognized exceptional contributions to the visitor industry and the community as a whole at the 23nd Annual Seymour Awards Banquet Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Each of the nine Seymour Awards recognize ACVB members and volunteers who have provided excellence in product and/or service, contributed significantly to the visitor industry and ACVB’s programs, or enhanced Anchorage’s image as a visitor destination.

“The Seymour Awards allow us to recognize a handful of our more than 1,100 members. Every year when we sit down and look at the nominees we get a very clear look at how much the visitor industry really contributes to the community – not just in terms of jobs and economic impact, but also in terms of our quality of life. We’ve got a lot to be proud of in our industry,” said ACVB President and CEO Julie Saupe.

Awards include:

The “Member of the Year” award was presented to the Westmark Anchorage Hotel. The Westmark was one of the ten founding companies of ACVB and has been deeply involved in ACVB and the community ever since. The Westmark has produced two ACVB board chairs. By donating generously, hosting ACVB speakers, presenters, travel writers and even incoming ACVB Presidents moving to Anchorage, the company has shown its support of the industry as a whole and ACVB throughout its 35 year history.

ACVB volunteers Lucy Burger, Clyde Bloker and Billie Bloker were recognized as ACVB’s volunteers of the year. Lucy Burger was recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year – Downtown” for serving countless visitors to the Log Cabin and downtown Visitor Information Center. Clyde and Billie Bloker each were recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year – Airport” where ACVB has three Visitor Information Centers.

The “Meeting Champion of the Year” award went to the Alaska Native Education Association and the RAISE Program. The award recognizes the groups’ efforts in attracting the National Indian Education Association’s Annual Convention to Anchorage in 2014 Thanks in large part to the RAISE Program and the Alaska Native Education Association, the NIEA’s 2,000 delegates will meet in Anchorage. The estimated economic impact of the meeting is more than two million dollars.

Alaska Step on Guides received the “Member Contribution to the Visitor Industry” award. An active ACVB member and community partner, Alaska Step-On Guides offers an extremely valuable service, providing expert guides that show visitors their way around Southcentral Alaska and connect visitors to ACVB member products. Since joining ACVB in 2005, they’ve provided local knowledge to travelers in English as well as Russian, French, Spanish, and German.

The Anchorage Museum took home the “Community Organization” award. The museum has been a steady hand in the development of Anchorage. The museum is a cultural lodestar of the community, enriching the lives of the thousands of visitors that come through their doors each year

The “Member Contribution to the Bureau” award was presented to Alaska Tour & Travel NMS Lodging. NMS Lodging was recognized for their support of ACVB publications, volunteers, and events including the fall business exchange and sales missions. Alaska Tour & Travel clinched the award for their tireless efforts in support of ACVB’s Board of Directors, as well as their work at monthly membership meetings, and flagship events including the Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

The “Tour Operator of the Year” award, which recognizes a tour operator that has made a significant impact on the Anchorage visitor industry, was given to Alaska Latin Tours, LLC.  The company’s efforts have opened the doors to many new sales opportunities for ACVB and member businesses in Latin America. Alaska Latin Tours has represented Anchorage alongside ACVB at La Cumbre, a major travel trade show for Latin American operators. They are also developing a familiarization program showing all that Anchorage has to offer to Spanish-speaking tour companies.

The “All Alaskan Award” was bestowed Glacier City Snowmobile Tours. The company has taken many ACVB guests and clients on once-in-a-lifetime snowmachine tours, showing them the beauty and majesty of Alaska in comfort and safety.

This year’s event also featured a Special Award plaque presented to Anchorage Fur Rendezvous marking the 75th anniversary of Rondy – Anchorage’s premier winter celebration. From its beginnings in 1935, Rondy has grown into an event that entertains not only locals, but visitors from around the world. With classic events like snowshoe softball, and instant successes like the Running of the Reindeer, Rondy has become a signature event for the city.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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