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We went to the 22nd annual Destination & Travel Foundation Dinner and Dream Auction at the Convention Center. Travel industry leaders from across the country came together to celebrate the love of travel and tourism. We snapped U.S. Travel Association’s Roger Dow, DMAI’s Michael Gehrisch and Valencia Bembry, Brand USA’s Chris Thompson, and the evening’s emcee, CBS’ Peter Greenberg.
Brand USA won the distinguished Spirit of Hospitality Award for advocating travel to the US. Here, IMEX Exhibitions’ Suzanne Medcaff and Hannah Garrick flank Meeting Professionals International’s Paul Van Deventer.
Nearly 1,000 sipped on craft beers from Salt Lake City and fine wines from Monterey wine country, before a James Beard-inspired meal of kale Caesar salad, cider-braised brisket, and gingerbread whoopie pies. Here, American Society of Landscape Architects’ Joyce Depass, Hilton Worldwide’s Ashley Eubanks and Starwood Hotels’ Helena Dechant.
Proceeds go to resources for research, education, scholarships and programs supporting the travel industry. Here, Brand USA’s Michael Fullerton, Carroll Rheem and Brian Screptock.
Travis Holler, Heather Mahoney & Richelle Manansala contributed to this issue.