Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards Event Media Alert

WHO: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) honors top tourism employees at annual awards program.

WHAT: 15TH annual Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, 12 Noon – 2 p.m.
(Rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Irma)

WHERE: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145

WHY: Collier County’s top tourism industry stars will be honored at the 15th annual Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards, a program held each year to recognize the most outstanding hospitality and tourism industry employees in the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades region. Over 225 tourism industry leaders and employees will attend the luncheon and awards ceremony held at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

*Media is welcome to cover the event. Please notify JoNell Modys (Cell: 239-580-8481) if you plan to cover. The event is sold out, but there might be a few seats available for media that seeks to be seated for lunch as well as cover the program.

This year the program celebrates hospitality workers with the theme “Put Paradise on the Map.” Outstanding reviews of top-notch service provides a great boost for destination awareness. It’s the upbeat attitude and tireless attention to detail among top performing tourism hospitality stars that keeps visitors coming back to spend more of their vacation time and dollars in Florida’s Paradise Coast.

Special Hurricane Irma Outstanding Customer Service Awards will also be given to hospitality leaders who went above and beyond during and after Hurricane Irma.

Tourism is the main economic engine in Collier County, delivering a total economic impact of $1.98 billion in 2016. Tourism is also the largest employment sector with over 37 thousand tourism industry supported job.

Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) said, “It’s important each year to take time to honor tourism workers who make going the extra mile part of their everyday routine. It’s their dedication and passion for their profession that forms the backbone of our successful industry here.”

An independent panel of judges selected Paradise Coast Tourism Star Award winners from the 68 nomination forms submitted for eleven categories: Attraction Service Star, Hotel Service Star, Humanitarian Star, Innovation Star, PR & Communications Star, Restaurant Service Star, Rising Star, Sales Star, Social Media Star, Sports Star, and Volunteer Star. CVB staff votes from among those eleven winners for the 2017 Tourism Superstar, representing the ultimate in tourism excellence and dedication.

Judges for 2017: Nancy Kerns, Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District; Eric Radditz, Florida Weekly; Christine Gideons, Ngala; Katie O’Hara, Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce; and Val Simon, Coastal Breeze News. 

JoNell Modys
P (239) 252-2425| C (239) 580-8481

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