Since 2007, the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council (USCHT) has represented leading U.S. tourism destinations, attractions and travel partners engaged in marketing U.S. Cultural and Heritage to travelers from throughout the USA and around the world. The primary initiative of this travel trade association is to market U.S. Cultural and Heritage Tourism experiences to domestic and international visitors by publishing dozens of exciting itineraries at TheCulturalTraveler.com and promoting these via social media and travel trade partnerships.
USCHT also publishes an annual guide, The Cultural Traveler, in partnership with Shop America Alliance, co-produces the annual ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural Tourism and the SASI-ONE Awards in partnership with Shop America Alliance and provides market research on the cultural and heritage traveler.
For additional information about the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council, visit TheCulturalTraveler.com or contact Anita Boeker via e-mail at email@example.com or call 760.703.6020.
A total of 21 SASI-ONE Awards (SASI = Shop America Salutes Innovation) for shopping and cultural tourism marketing excellence were presented at the annual SASI-ONE Awards Breakfast on Thursday, January 29, during the ONE Travel Conference at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia. The awards are sponsored by CenterCal Properties in partnership with Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council. Brandace Bruning, Vice President, CenterCal Properties, serves as the SASI-ONE Awards Chairperson.
SASI-ONE Awards recognize prominent leaders in the tourism industry for their vision and commitment to developing shopping and cultural tourism. Along with the 8 SASI-ONE Gold Awards and 9 SASI-ONE Merit Awards for shopping and cultural tourism marketing excellence, 4 SASI-ONE Special Award Recipients were honored in the categories of Shop America Tourism Partner of the Year, TravMedia Tourism Journalist of the Year, Cultural & Heritage Tourism Destination of the Year and the Chairman’s Choice Award. The achievements of SASI-ONE Winners from throughout the USA and the winners of the special awards were showcased in a video presentation that can be viewed at ONEtravelconference.com.
A prestigious panel of judges selected the 8 SASI-ONE GOLD WINNERS and 9 SASI-ONE Merit award winners. The judges were Jan Kroells, Vice President, Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau; Millie Phillip and Samantha Sommers, Tourism Account Executives, Mall of America; Bill Von Bank, Tourism Marketing Manager, Explore Minnesota Tourism; Rose Hapanowich, Director of Travel & Tourism, Destiny USA; Christine Szalay Strange, Vice President, The Outlet Shops of Grand River and Carolyn Feimster, President, CJF Marketing International.
Category: Single Shopping Center Location
Beverly Center Chinese Tourism ProgramBeverly CenterHonorees: Carlos Montenegro, Beverly Center; Charlie Gu, China Luxury Advisors, Jones Advertising, Susan Vance, Beverly Center; Amy Drouillard, Jackie Mangiapane, The Taubman Company
Singing the Mississippi Story…to the Tune of $24 MillionThe Outlets of MississippiHonorees: Kathy Hackshaw, Angela Shepard, Outlets of Mississippi. Strategy+Style Marketing Group: Karen Fluharty, Sue Helondovitch
Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage WeekMadison Avenue Business Improvement DistrictHonorees: Matthew Bauer PhD, President, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District; Museum at FIT, NYC & Company, Titan Outdoor, C&G Partners
North Dakota Oil Workers Vacation GetawaysMall of AmericaHonorees: Doug Killian, Senior Director International Sales; Rachel Oeike, Director of Marketing, Mall of America
Category: Multi-Center Shopping Centers
International Tourism Marketing Launch & CampaignWestfield USA/Westfield Travel CollectionHonoree: Shaun Swanger, VP Marketing, Westfield US
Category: Travel Partner
Developing the Chinese Shopper in TexasTaxFree Shopping Ltd in TexasHonoree: Carolyn T. Petty, President, TaxFree Shopping Ltd.
Category: Destination Management Organization
Sarasota: Where Artistic Expression and Inspiration Meet CampaignVisit Sarasota CountyHonoree: Lynn Hobeck Bates, Public Relations Manager, Visit Sarasota County
Twin Cities Premium Outlets Grand Opening Countdown GiveawayEagan Convention & Visitors BureauHonorees: Brent Cory, President & CEO, Derek Ramthun, Marketing Manager, Shayna Levin, Marketing Coordinator, Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Category: Single Shopping Center LocationRunway Ready: An Exclusive Suite of On-Site Services for the Busy TravelerFashion Outlets of Chicago/MacerichHonoree: Jennifer Devermann, Fashion Outlets of Chicago/Macerich
Foxy Moms Fashion ShowCraig Realty Group, Outlets of Castle Rock, Outlets at SilverthorneHonoree: Peggy Ziglin, Director of Tourism/New Business
Category: Cultural & Heritage Organization
The Henry Ford 2014 Holiday Gift GuideThe Henry FordHonorees: Carol Kendra- VP Marketing, Communications and Sales, Cheryl Preston, Designer, Christine Ribusovski, Design Coordinator; David Lyman, Copywriter, Pam Foxworth, Online Coordinator, Renee Enright, Design Coordinator, Roy Ritchie, Photographer; Terri Anderson, Sr. Director of National Retail Sales
Bookit.com Vegas WeekLas Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityHonorees: Art Jimenez, Sr. Director of Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Shop Las Vegas Partners – Forum Shops at Caesars, The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian/The Palazzo, Fashion Show Las Vegas, Miracle Mile Shops and Town Square Las Vegas
GOGO Worldwide Vacations Las Vegas Sales Promotion April – June 2014Las Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityHonorees: Art Jimenez, Sr. Director of Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, GOGO Worldwide Vacations Shop Las Vegas Partners – Forum Shops at Caesars, The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian/The Palazzo, Fashion Show Las Vegas, Miracle Mile Shops and Town Square Las Vegas
Las Vegas – Betting on CultureLas Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityHonorees: Jim McMichael, Diversity & Cultural Tourism Marketing Manager, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Nicole Bordges, Account Manager, US Airways Magazine, Pace Communications, Lindsey Patterson, Associate Media Director, R&R Partners
Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & EconomyWellness Tourism WorldwideHonoree: Camille Hoheb, Founder, Wellness Tourism Worldwide
The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel, Spanish EditionWellness Tourism WorldwideHonoree: Camille Hoheb, Founder, Wellness Tourism Worldwide
Spot The CanadianLouisiana Tax Free ShoppingHonoree: Denise Thevenot, Executive Director, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping
Chairman’s Choice AwardWestJet Christmas Miracle 2013
Shop America Tourism Partner of the YearDaniel Shen, CEO, East West Marketing/Lion Tours
TravMedia Tourism Journalist of the YearBen Abramson, Travel Editor, USA Today
Cultural Heritage Destination of the YearThe Getty, Los Angeles, California
ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural Tourism is produced annually by Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council. The Conference brings together leaders in the travel industry to focus on The Power of Partnership, speaking with ONE Voice. The 2015 ONE Travel Conference was held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, Virginia, January 27-29, 2015. For more information visit ONETravelConference.com or call 843.341.6392.
Shop America Alliance is the travel trade organization representing hundreds of the premier shopping tourism destinations, retailers, shopping centers, museum stores and outlets in America. Founded in 1998, Shop America Alliance co-produces the annual ONE Travel Conference and SASI-ONE Awards and The Cultural Traveler guidebook, publishes Shop America Magazine and markets more than 175 shopping tours in 40 cities. For more information, visit shopamericatours.com or call 707.224.3795.
US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council (USCHT) is a travel trade association with the mission to market U.S. cultural and heritage tourism experiences. USCHT represents leading U.S. tourism destinations, attractions and travel partners engaged in marketing U.S. cultural and heritage to travelers throughout the United States and around the world, co-produces the annual ONE Travel Conference and SASI-ONE Awards and The Cultural Traveler guidebook and sponsors market research on the Cultural and Heritage Traveler. For more information, visit TheCulturalTraveler.com or call 843.341.6392.
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