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Star USA Owners to be Recognized at
Visit Spokane Tourism Awards

Barb and TobyVisit Spokane is pleased to announce that Barb Beddor and Toby Steward have been selected as the recipients of the Leadership Excellence in Tourism Award. They will be honored at Visit Spokane’s Annual Meeting on May 11 during the Tourism Awards portion of the meeting.

Unlike the other Tourism Award categories, which are decided by a panel of judges, the Leadership Excellence in Tourism Award is traditionally selected by Visit Spokane’s Board of Directors. One piece of the award criteria is the recipient(s) must have made significant contributions to the community for more than 10 years. Barb and Toby, owners of Star USA, were chosen for this prestigious award based on their commitment to bringing high quality, well-attended events to the Spokane region. The couple brought Skate America to the area, as well as the 2007 and 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Most recently, the couple facilitated the Team Challenge Cup, an inaugural event that featured 42 of the world’s best figure skaters.

More information about Visit Spokane’s Annual Meeting and the Tourism Awards can be found here.



  About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for convention and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $947 million in 2015, providing jobs for more than 10,000 residents in the region.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2015.

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