Beth Slifer honored with state tourism award
BEAVER CREEK Local resident Beth Slifer and two other members of Colorados tourism industry were honored Wednesday at the annual Governors 2008 Colorado Tourism Conference. A fourth award was presented to a community in Colorado in recognition of a successful tourism initiative.The Colorado Tourism Office board of directors congratulates the winners of this years awards and thanks them for their continued support of Colorados tourism industry. It is hardworking individuals like these who help Colorado thrive as a tourist destination, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs to citizens of our great state and significantly boosting the states economy, said Rob Perlman, chairman of the Colorado Tourism Office board. The winners are:Outstanding Tourism VolunteerBeth Slifer was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Tourism Volunteer award for her efforts as a driving force in Vails effort to increase summer visitation. She has served on the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council since its inception in 1999 and is currently chairwoman. In the nine years since its creation, the marketing district has helped Vail become a year-round destination with visitor numbers increasing year after year. Chairmans Award For Exceptional Contribution to Colorado TourismThe Chairmans Award, which recognizes an exceptional contribution to tourism in Colorado, was presented to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. A restaurateur who served for 12 years on the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors, Hickenlooper has been instrumental in helping book hundreds of millions of dollars of meeting business for Denver. His broad statewide approach to tourism has made Denver International Airport a regional gateway, serving and promoting the entire state while setting 18 consecutive months of record-breaking traffic.Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado TourismThis years recipient of the Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism award was Ilene Kamsler. Kamsler recently retired as president of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, having served in the organization for 22 years. She was instrumental in the creation of what is today the Colorado Tourism Office, and she lobbied hard to increase funding. She also has worked tirelessly in promoting green educational opportunities for the industry. Outstanding Community Tourism InitiativeThe Roaring Fork Valley Rio Grande Trail was selected for its expansion project. The new stretch of trail, from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, provides visitors and locals access to an additional 44 miles of trail.
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