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Visit Duluth Celebrates National Tourism Week

Created: May 08, 2019 01:44 PM

Duluth is a popular destination for visitors, and more than 17,000 people work in the tourism industry in the city. Visit Duluth recognized the importance of these workers at the annual Partnership Meeting on Tuesday. It was all part of National Travel and Tourism Week.

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"Tourism is Duluth's third largest industry," President and CEO of Visit Duluth, Anna Tanski said. "So it's a really critical part of our local economy."

Visit Duluth also recognized their recipient of the Manley and Erwin Goldfine Volunteer of the Year award at the event. Tom Werner is the Executive Director of the Duluth Airport Authority and has served on the Visit Duluth Board of Directors for six years.

According to a press release, Werner served 20 years in the Army, completing two tours of duty and retiring as a Master Sergeant.

“The tourism industry has benefitted significantly from Tom’s contributions. He serves on three task forces dedicated to advancing Visit Duluth as an organization and the industry as a whole,” Tanski said in the release. “Tom cares greatly about tourism and is committed to helping shape our industry’s future.”

At the meeting, Visit Duluth also announced the recipiant of the first Zenith Spirit Award. The honor is given to those who go above and beyond in the hospitality sector. 

Lynette Sims has been working as a laundry attendant at the Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth - Downtown for 41 years this August. 

Last year's annual report shows Duluth attracts 6.7 million visitors each year, accounting for more than $950 million in economic impact.
 

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