We are thrilled to announce that Sivi Mennen, AQUA by El Gaucho’s General Manager, was named one of four Tourism Ambassadors at the Visit Seattle Annual Meeting and Luncheon, held on Tuesday March 18th at the Sheraton Hotel.
The Tourism Ambassador award recognizes those who uphold the highest service standards, and regularly go above and beyond to serve and assist visitors, promoting the industry and city.
According to the most recent data (2012), the tourism industry in Washington State employs 153,300 people, creates $4.7 billion in earnings, generates $16.9 billion in visitor spending, and produces $1 billion in state and local tax revenue.
“Sivi touches many visitors, influencing not only their dining experience, but overall impression of Seattle,” said Chad Mackay, President and COO of El Gaucho Hospitality. With AQUA’s incredible location (on pier 70), on the water, and terrific views of Elliot Bay, Mt. Rainier, and the Space Needle, it’s a magnificent place to showcase much of what Seattle has to offer. AQUA by El Gaucho was also named a Top 10 Seafood Restaurant in the United States by Gayout in 2012.
Why Tourism Matters is a promotional campaign developed by Visit Seattle, a private nonprofit destination marketing organization, which is responsible for promoting Seattle as a travel destination. The campaign is run on behalf of Washington State’s core of private sector destination marketing organizations (DMOs). These convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, ports and other organizations work in tandem with the Washington State Tourism Alliance to jointly position the state as a premier travel destination.
View video of the 2014 Tourism Ambassadors:
Other 2014 ambassadors introduced include Tyler Davis, a Program Director at EverGreen Escapes, Richard Powell, Lead Concierge at the Westin Hotel, and David Snead, Lead Admissions Representative at Seattle Art Museum, was named the 2014 Tourism Ambassador of the Year.
2014 Seattle Tourism Ambassadors: David Snead, Tyler Davis, Sivi Mennen, Richard Powell. Photo Credit: Mark Plampin, Seattle Photography, Inc.
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Ambassadors, and thank you for all you do for our beautiful city!