Hospitality industry professionals to be honored at Annual Meeting

Visit Spokane is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 "Placemaker" awards. The award honors the get-it-done dreamers with proven leadership, excellence and contributions to greater Spokane's tourism industry. Rita Santillanes with Best Western Peppertrees of Washington and Spokane International Airports have both been chosen for their tireless work to advance tourism and position Spokane as an accessible and interesting urban hub.

Finalists for the rest of the Tourism Awards are listed below.

Engaging Employee, On the Front Lines

• Eric Galbraith, O'Doherty's Irish Grille
• Jennifer Pavlish, 2West Bar & Grill at Hilton Garden Inn at Spokane Airport
• Dzenana Prozorac, Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Engaging Employee, Behind the Scenes

• Brenda Barratt, The Davenport Grand
• Jess Hernandez, Davenport Hotels
• Gar Vanstone, DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

Rising Star

• Ashley Blake, Spokane Sports Commission
• Tammy Lease, DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
• Alia Russell, Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Small Event, Big Impact

• Caribou Recovery in the Selkirk Mountains
• Spokane International Film Festival
• Winter Festival

Mega Event, Mighty Impression

• Crave! NW: Food and Drink Celebration
• Garth Brooks, 7 Sold-out Concerts in 5 Days
• Spokane Lilac Festival Torchlight Parade

Spirit of the Intermountain Northwest: Small, but Mighty

• Mica Moon Zip Tours
• Nectar Catering and Events
• Pop Up Shop

Spirit of the Intermountain Northwest: Big, Bold Business

• Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
• Northern Quest Resort & Casino
• Quality Inn Downtown 4th Avenue

The winners will be announced and honored at the Visit Spokane 41st Annual Meeting on May 22 at the Spokane Arena.