Facebook103Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondThe Thurston County Tourism Awards recognize people who have gone above and beyond to help bring tourism to Thurston County. Experience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, will announce the winners at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting on May 2 at Stampfer Retreat Center. The awards are presented by Port of Olympia.Thurston County Tourism Awards:Community Unity AwardFor those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.Nominees:Blaine Land, Lacey South Sound ChamberGeorge Sharp, Thurston Economic Development CouncilSouth Puget Sound Community College Brewing & Distilling ProgramTourism Visionary AwardThis award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.Mayor Alan Carr, Mayor of BucodaTodd Cutts, Olympia Downtown AllianceKaufman Construction and City of Tumwater, Deschutes Landing at the Warehouse DistrictDave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf ClubExcellence in Hospitality AwardAll who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. This award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.Brandon Andres, Fairfield Inn & SuitesLucy Graves, Stottle WinerySandra Hall, Dillinger’s Cocktails & KitchenMallery McDonald, Ramada by Wyndham OlympiaJeff Olive, Airport Golf & Batting CenterNominees are recognized at the meeting and winners are awarded plaques made with historic Legion Way Oak trees cut in the shape of Thurston County. The oak trees were planted in 1928 as a living memorial to honor local veterans.