May 26, 2023

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Tourism Award Recipients

Hospitality heroes honored at Convention Center luncheon celebration

​The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau held its annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) celebration recently and announced the recipients of awards in a variety of hospitality industry-related categories. Nominated by their peers and vetted by an independent selection committee, congratulations to the following "hospitality heroes" who took home the 2023 NTTW trophies:

Chuck SassCarlos Wilson Lifetime AchievementGold Key PHR Hotels & Resorts
Rachel CookJames Ricketts Hospitality HeroJungle Golf
Joanne GuilfordBanquet/CateringThe Westin
Dana CastonDishwasher/BusserZoes Restaurant
Asher BushHost/ Hostess/CashierRockafeller's Restaurant
Jerry FlowersKitchen StaffHemingway's - Holiday Inn Oceanside
Victoria AddenbrookWaitstaff/BartenderOcean Eddies Seafood Restaurant
Avril CrepsacFront DeskThe Flowering Almond Spa - Founders Inn
Doug StrejeckBellman/Valet/ConciergeMarriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Shavonne JenkinsHousekeeping/LaundryHyatt Place Virginia Beach Town Center
Mike JohnsonMaintenance/Engineer*Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Clayton ColyerMaintenance/Engineer*Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach

* indicates a tie

"This year we recognized and thanked employees who work in the Virginia Beach tourism industry and reminded residents of the important contributions they make to our local economy," said Virginia Beach CVB Director Nancy Helman.

Established in 1983, NTTW is an annual tradition to mark the U.S. travel industry's role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating quality job opportunities, stimulating business activity and elevating the quality of life for everyday Americans.

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