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2017 DCVB Tourism Breakfast

The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) named Faye Blank the 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) of the year at their National Travel & Tourism Week breakfast at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Blank, who works at the High Point Inn in Ephraim, was announce the winner during the breakfast. The Door County CTA of the Year award is presented annually to a local Certified Tourism Ambassador who exemplifies excellence in hospitality and customer service. This individual consistently exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of Door County and its attractions, and promotes the ideals of the Door County Tourism Ambassador Program and the Tourism Ambassador Institute.  The DCVB administers Door County's Tourism Ambassador Program.

Blank accepted the award in front of a crowd of around 85 people that gathered on a sunny spring morning to celebrate Door County’s tourism industry. She becomes the seventh winner of the Door County CTA of the Year award, which was first awarded in 2011.

The program also featured two area high school students who were awarded scholarships as part of the DCVB's Spirit of Door County program. The scholarships are named after a longtime Door County Visitor Bureau employee named Carole Counard. Carole Counard Scholarship winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to use towards furthering their education. These scholarships are open to all Door County residents of any age pursuing further education at a four-year college, a two-year college or a technical college.

This year's scholarship winners were Hanna Mallien from Southern Door High School and Lucas Stenzel from Sevastopol High School. Both were on hand to accept their scholarships during the program.

Nationally touring speaker, Mikki Williams, was the keynote speaker during the program. Williams talked about the art and heart of storytelling.

The DCVB handed out a 2-page tourism fact sheet as well as a newspaper style Power of Tourism publication that will be distributed to residents throughout the county later this week.

The 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week continues through May 13, 2017.

The Door County Visitor Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization for Door County, whose mission is to generate incremental economic impact for the community by attracting visitors with strategies that ensure sustainable tourism.