Thu., May 13, 2010
Tourism award winners announced
The Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors has named Jack Lucas, president of TicketsWest and WestCoast Entertainment, the bureau’s 2010 Extraordinary Leadership in Tourism Excellence Award winner. Lucas was honored Thursday at the Inland Northwest Tourism Awards.
Lucas began his career three decades ago as an usher for Entertainment Services Association, the company that provided ushering and security services for the Spokane Convention Center, Spokane Coliseum (Spokane Arena) and the Spokane Opera House (INB Performing Arts Center).
He leads Spokane’s Best of Broadway series, now in its 24th season.
In 2009, TicketsWest processed close to 10 million tickets, and WestCoast Entertainment presented productions from Anchorage, Alaska, to Spokane. The companies are part of Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp.
Other CVB awards presented Thursday were:
Festivals & Events Award: 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Attraction Award: Silverwood Theme Park
Near Nature, Near Perfect Award: ROW Adventures
Spirit of the Inland Northwest Award: Spokane Transit Authority
In the Bag Award: Aveda
Top Table Award: Wild Sage American Bistro
White Glove Award: Bo Bohannon, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Silver Spoon Award: Wendale Ellis, Carl’s Jr. Restaurant, on Third Avenue
First Impression Sales Award: Dana Divine, The Davenport Hotel and Tower and Hotel Lusso
First Impression Retail Sales Award: Colleen Yellin, The Davenport Hotel and Tower
First Impression Hotel Award: Nathan Gray, The Davenport Hotel and Tower
First Impression Transportation Award: Jules Dossou Azatassou, Daj Taxi Cab
Heart of the House Award: Ryan Wilson, Spokane Public Facilities District
Rising Star Award: Linda Yeomans, Historic Preservation Planning & Design
Hospitality Volunteer of the Year: Tracy Niles, Star U.S.A.
Tourism Professional of the Year: Barb Beddor, Star U.S.A.
Certified Tourism Ambassador Star Award: Dan Hall, Downtown Spokane Partnership