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Visit Spokane recognizes local hospitality industry, employees with tourism awards

The Spokane International Airport terminal building. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff reports

Visit Spokane recognized Spokane Airports, local companies and hospitality employees this week with the organization’s 2018 tourism awards.

“These people and businesses embody the tireless work in the region’s hospitality industry, making Spokane an interesting urban hub for visitors,” said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane’s president and CEO.

Winners were honored Tuesday at Visit Spokane’s annual meeting at the Spokane Veterans Arena.

Placemaker Award

Rita Santillanes, Best Western Peppertrees of Washington

Spokane Airports

Engaging Employee, On the Front Lines

Dzenana Prozorac, Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Engaging Employee, Behind the Scenes

Brenda Barratt, The Davenport Grand

Rising Star

Alia Russell, Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Small Event, Big Impact

Spokane International Film Festival

Mega Event, Mighty Impression

Garth Brooks, seven sold-out concerts in five days

Spirit of the Intermountain Northwest: Small, but Mighty

Mica Moon Zip Tours

Spirit of the Intermountain Northwest: Big, Bold Business

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars