Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino congratulates Col.  Chris Moss, 30 SW Commander who received the Mayor’s Award at the 2016 Annual Tourism Lunch on behalf of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino congratulates Col. Chris Moss, 30 SW Commander who received the Mayor’s Award at the 2016 Annual Tourism Lunch on behalf of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Two community leaders were honored this month by the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) at the Historic Santa Maria Inn for their efforts to promote tourism in the Santa Maria Valley.

This year’s Mayor’s Award was accepted by Col. Chris Moss, 30 SW Commander, on behalf of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Mayor’s Award honors an organization that has been instrumental in significantly boosting overnight stays in Santa Maria Valley and positively impacting the city’s economy.

Meanwhile, the Robert P. Hatch Excellence in Hospitality Tourism Award was presented to local winemaker Clarissa Nagy, owner and operator of cnagy Wines.

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Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino congratulates Col. Chris Moss, 30 SW Commander who received the Mayor’s Award at the 2016 Annual Tourism Lunch on behalf of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

“She has been very active in using our Visitor and Convention Bureau resources and has also participated in many of our tourism events and meetings,” said Gina Keough, director of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Her support is much appreciated as her involvement has increased Santa Maria Valley’s visibility as a wine country destination.”

This year marks the 32rd celebration of National Tourism Week, an annual tradition that was established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first celebrated the following year. This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of the tourism industry and its impactful contributions to the U.S. economy.