Hotel Team Members Nominated for Tourism Awards

Tourism Award Nominees from Sleep Inn 2019

Our team was proud to join local tourism industry colleagues in honoring three National Tourism Awards nominees from the Sarasota Sleep Inn & MainStay Suites this year. As part of the local celebrations organized by Visit Sarasota County as part of National Travel and Tourism Week, please join us in congratulating our own  JacQuell Hair, Rhonda Zerilli and Juan Aponte – and thanking them for their tremendous dedication to excellence in customer service and hospitality!

JacQuell Hair, Sales Assistant
Guest Services Excellence, Management

Rhonda Zerilli, Guest Services Director
Guest Services Excellence, Management

Juan Aponte, Houseman
Guest Services Excellence, Heart of the House

Learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week: 

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) celebrated its annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) Awards Luncheon on May 9, 2019, where it announced the Sarasota County Tourism & Hospitality Voice of Sarasota recipient, Jeanne Dubi, and the five Faces of Travel recipients. The luncheon was held at Michael’s On East and featured video presentations from Dana Young, CEO of VISIT FLORIDA and VSC about why travel matters. #TravelMatters is the 2019 NTTW theme.

NTTW is the annual salute to travel in America. For the last 35 years, the first full week in May has been reserved in communities nationwide to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders and local media. It has also been a week of celebrating and honoring the “Faces of Travel” by recognizing those in Sarasota County who keep this industry thriving.

The travel industry is an indispensable source of jobs locally and statewide. These jobs provide opportunities and paths to prosperity for many individuals and families. The men and women who are the faces of our local travel industry have helped shape travel to be one of Florida’s strongest industries.

“In Sarasota County, roughly one in five employed residents works in the hospitality and tourism industry. This luncheon allows for VSC to recognize these individuals who ultimately have a high impact on the local economy,” said Virginia Haley, president at VSC. “When visitors come to our destination, these are the men and women on the front of the line, and they are highly involved in promoting the area, and ensuring guests have an enjoyable experience.”