2023 Tourism Summit Follow-up

Thank you for joining us at the 2023 Santa Monica Tourism Summit: Spread Kindness. It’s a Vibe. We hope you found the data and insights from our expert speakers and panelists informative and valuable! Several key resources are available for download below.

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Thelma Parks Spirit Award

2023’s Thelma Parks Spirit Award recipient, Modesta Melchor, is a 42-year employee of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. She was promoted from a housekeeper to an inspector. Her rooms are immaculate and her attention to detail is incredible. She is also an amazing team player, helps management as well as her coworkers to get the job done and always displays an enthusiastic attitude. Congratulations, Modesta!

Jeff King Tourism Champion Award

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism is honored to recognize Chef Josiah Citrin as this year’s Jeff King Tourism Champion recipient. This Santa Monica native and local surfer brings over 25 years of experience in the culinary scene to Santa Monica and is owner and chef at one-star Michelin-rated Citrin and two-star Michelin-rated Mélisse, along with over 7 other restaurants within LA. Josiah has continually used his gourmand expertise to elevate Santa Monica’s dining scene. Congratulations, Josiah!

Sustainable Santa Monica

Participating Santa Monica hotels are proud to partner with Kind Traveler to support the vital work of Santa MoniCARES and Santa Monica’s ongoing sustainability efforts. Kind Traveler is a socially conscious “Give + Get” hotel booking and media platform targeting travelers who positively impact the communities and the environment of the destinations they visit.

A Santa Monica nonprofit, Santa MoniCARES is a coalition of representatives from Santa Monica Travel & Tourism and tourism community partners with a mission to harness the hospitable nature and generosity of Santa Monica’s tourism industry and provide support to local nonprofit agencies. Through our partnership, we’re empowering a new generation of responsible travelers to positively impact our local community by giving back to Santa MoniCARES.

Unlock exclusive offers from Kind Traveler Hotels in Santa Monica when you donate $10 to support Santa MoniCARES or a charity of choice. 100% of donations goes to charity!

Ways to Partner With SMTT

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Thank you, Attendees!

Thank you for joining us for this year’s lunch and breakout sessions, including a research deep dive with industry expert, Lauren Schlau, and insights from Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s International Market Representatives.

We also would like to thank the media in attendance who joined for a post-Summit discussion and luncheon. The Q&A session took place at Longitude Bar & Restaurant and Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica.

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