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COMMUNITY NEWS NTA members are indicated in bold text. Do you have news you’d like to share with the NTA membership? Please send it to Gabe Webb, Courier writer, at world over the past ten years,” said John Sutherland, manager of corporate social responsibility. “We’re excited to share the work that we’ve accom- plished with the hopes that our guests’ continued support will enable us to reach the next goal.” National Park Service reports record attendance for Glacier Visit Savannah, Golden Isles CVB receive industry honor Montana’s Glacier National Park has wel- comed 3.1 million visitors in 2017, setting an attendance record and breezing past its previous high of 2.9 million, according to the U.S. National Park Service. About 1 million visitors came during July. Visitation to the West Entrance of the park was off 43 percent because of wildfires that closed portions of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. However, the entrances that are most accessible to visitors from Canada saw increases of more than 40 percent. Visit Savannah, the Golden Isles CVB and Visit Tybee received the Bill Hardman Sr. Tourism Partnership Champion award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in November. The award is given to organizations that form an alli- ance to increase visitation to the state. The three DMOs received the honor for working on a new welcome center along Interstate 95 that might serve as a future template for the state’s visitors centers. “We recognized that southbound trav- elers on I-95 are only in Georgia for about 116 miles, and we wanted to create an experience that will encourage people to visit Savannah, Tybee Island and the rest of the Georgia Coast,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. This is the second time Visit Savannah has received this award. It was also recognized in 2014. Vecchio named CEO of Sonoma County Tourism Sonoma County Tourism announced Claudia Vecchio as its new CEO in late October, and she officially began with the organization Nov. 1. She replaced Ken Fischang, who stepped down in May. Vecchio was previously director of the Nevada Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, and has held multiple lead- ership positions in state tourism orga- nizations. She was director of the Ohio Department of Development’s Division of Travel and Tourism. She also worked as a senior vice president, overseeing tourism at Edelman PR in Chicago. “Claudia has the energy and excite- ment to drive Sonoma County Tourism into record-breaking years,” said Joe Bartolomei, board chair for Sonoma County Tourism. “Her forward-thinking approach, out-of-the-box ideas and pas- sion for the county give us great con- fidence as we move forward and share the message that wine country is open for business and ready to deliver.” 68 December 2017 Collette Cares celebrates 10 years of philanthropy Tour operator Collette marked the 10th anniversary of Collette Cares—its philan- thropic arm focused on hunger, educa- tion and volunteer programs—in October. Collette Cares searches for charitable programs to partner with in the regions that the company’s guests visit. It also organizes local volunteering experi- ences for Collette employees. Last year, the company’s workers contributed 5,000 service hours through 1,400 indi- vidual volunteer engagements. It has partnered with programs in Ecuador, South Africa and Australia. “Collette’s employees are travel- ers who have given so much to the Porthole magazine readers praise Holland America Line Holland America Line won multiple honors in the annual Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. The cruise company was selected for eight awards that highlighted its itineraries, destinations and accessible facilities. “As Holland America Line continues our journey of brand evolution and innovation, it is an incredible honor to be recognized by the readers of Porthole, who are the most discerning and well- experienced cruisers in the world,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We’re working hard to make sure that we excel in all areas of the cruise experience, and these recog- nitions tell us we’re on the right path.” “Every year Holland America Line impresses our readers in a variety of categories, and by the number of awards, it’s clear that the cruise line delivers and all-around fantastic expe- rience,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine. UNESCO designates San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy UNESCO added San Antonio to its Creative Cities network, highlighting the area’s culinary history at the conflu- ence of Mexican, Spanish, German and French cultures. It is the second city in the U.S. to receive the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation. “Travelers are increasingly seeking a destination with a robust culinary scene as a way to really get to know the heart of a city,” said Casandra Matej, presi- dent and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “The UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation confirms what millions of visitors have known all along: San Antonio’s cuisine is truly unique and authentic to our region.”