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Cheyenne Mountain Resort's Anthony Smith Recognized as One of Eleven Outstanding Tourism Workers during Annual Discover Colorado Rally
Colorado Springs CVB recognized Smith in 2011 as one of the Faces of Tourism during Annual Event
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO ─ May 11, 2016 ─ Elected officials, Colorado Tourism Board members, the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) team, and industry state partners gathered on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol to celebrate the significance of tourism by honoring employees from across the state during the Annual Discover Colorado Rally. One of the 11 tourism personnel honored was Anthony Smith, a banquet server at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, a AAA Four Diamond resort in Colorado Springs. Smith joined the banquet team in 2009 and has since been serving and interacting with guests in a positive, friendly and efficient manner at dinners and special events.
“We are excited to take the opportunity to honor the state’s outstanding frontline tourism workers throughout National Travel and Tourism Week,” said Cathy Ritter, director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “These individuals are the engines who drive tourism to Colorado making it one of the most important industries in the state. A huge thanks to our nominees and everyone who contributes to Colorado tourism.”
Smith was nominated by Amy Long, chief innovation officer of the Colorado Springs CVB. The CTO asked each region to nominate one individual in their community who represented the best of what their destination has to offer. Long recalls: “When the CTO asked us to nominate someone for this award, we immediately thought of Anthony Smith. His warm smile, attention to detail and exemplary customer service made him a natural choice for this award and we congratulate him on his many achievements in the tourism and travel industry. He is the epitome of gracious hospitality and no doubt makes a wonderful impression on all of the guests he assists at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.”
The rally was the starting point of the inaugural Discover Colorado Roadshow, which carried members of the Colorado Tourism Office and other tourism leaders on a five-day tour to share new initiatives aimed at supporting the business of tourism.
Traveling in a motor coach wrapped in the state’s award-winning “Come to Life” message, the Colorado tourism team joined in a tourism rally at the Colorado Springs City Hall earlier this month and shared the spring/summer campaign and insights into new tourism initiatives in presentations in Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango, Montrose and Grand Junction. The roadshow also introduced Ritter and other new team members, while celebrating frontline tourism workers, several of whom were honored along the route.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Anthony for earning this distinguished award,” said Jay Rocha, general manager of Cheyenne Mountain Resort. “It is an honor to know Anthony is being recognized for helping guests feel welcome and taken care of at our resort. He is an integral part of our collective commitment to hospitality excellence.”
Tourism is one of Colorado’s most important industries. In 2014 Colorado set all-time records welcoming 71.3 million visitors to the state who spent $18.6 billion and generated $1.1 billion in tax revenue. The 2015 travel year research will be released in June 2016.
National Travel and Tourism Week — America's annual salute to travel and tourism — was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. The week of events serves to champion the power of the tourism industry across the United States.
About Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Nestled in the shadows of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains lies Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs’ premier four season escape. The resort’s 316 finely appointed guest rooms and suites featuring comfortable Rocky Mountain-inspired décor are arranged in eight residential lodges across the property. A vast array of amenities includes an 18-hole championship Pete Dye-designed golf course, five swimming pools, tennis courts, a health and fitness center, aquatics center and a 35-acre recreation lake. Known for its breathtaking mountain views, exceptional accommodations, fine dining, myriad of activities and comprehensive conference facilities, the AAA Four Diamond Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers the ultimate in Colorado vacationing.
Now open, Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat at Cheyenne Mountain Resort combines indigenous elements with a pampering touch to deliver temporary refuge for the mind, body and soul.
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