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Recipients to be honored at 32nd Annual California Travel Summit, June 23-25, 2014 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

(TRAVPR.COM) USA - April 29th, 2014 - The California Travel Association (CalTravel) has announced the 2014 CalTravel Tourism Award Winners to be honored at the 32nd Annual California Travel Summit, June 23-25, 2014 in Los Angeles. The awards recognize those who have made a dramatic impact for their respective area in the past year through innovation, awareness, creativity or stewardship. 

Each year, the CalTravel seeks nominations from its members for outstanding individuals and organizations within the industry to be considered for its nine awards. This year’s CalTravel Tourism award winners include:

·      California Travel Artist of the Year: Train - The CalTravel Artist of the Year brings recognition and pride to the state of California through their art, and they inspire people to visit and know our state through their artistic endeavors. They are inherent "artist ambassadors" for California as their talents touch their audience.

·      California Travel Restaurateur/ Chef of the Year: Raphael Lunetta – This award is given specifically for an individual chef or restaurant that has created a dining establishment and experience that effectively marries the culinary arts with the tourism industry. Many of these chefs and their establishments have become landmarks which cause travelers to often go out of their way or make a special trip, just to enjoy the atmosphere and culinary offerings the chef offers.

·      California Travel Winery of the Year: Kendall Jackson Winery – Over the last several years, the nominating committee has recognized the leading California wineries for this prestigious award, intended to recognize innovation, success and commitment/contributions to the travel industry by a winery.

·      California Travel Brewery of the Year: Russian River Brewing Company - CalTravel recognizes a "California Brew Master's" product as a brewery's contribution to developing the California tourism brand. The recipient of this award reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of their craft and their product achieves a unique and enviable position of creating awareness of the California brand.

·      California Travel Stewardship of the Year: California State Parks Foundation - The Steward of the Year award is given to the individual or organization that has done the most to protect, preserve, restore, improve, expand, or otherwise enhance California's natural, cultural, or historical treasures. While there are many worthy candidates in this category, nominee efforts should not only benefit the historic, cultural, or natural site, but also demonstrate a positive influence upon and the opportunity to partner with California tourism.

·      California Travel Norman F. Clark Tourism Champion of the Year: Bob Warren - The F. Norman Clark Tourism Champion of the Year recognizes excellence in California tourism for activities in a specific year or to recognize a body of work in tourism. The award recognizes activities that have contributed to building the image of California and for contributing to increasing visitor arrivals to the state.

·      California Travel Excellence in Tourism Advocacy of the Year Award: Assembly Member Phil Ting - This award is given to an elected individual at the state or local level who has fostered and advanced the concerns of travel, tourism and/or hospitality. The deserving individual may have championed one or many significant tourism related issues or causes during the past year.

·      California Travel Promotion and Advancement of Tourism: John Lambeth - This award is given to the individual who has had a dramatic impact in promoting the interests of tourism on a national basis.

“We congratulate the winners of the 2014 CalTravel Tourism Awards and extend our gratitude for their contributions to California tourism over the past year,” said Misti Kern, chairman of the board, of the California Travel Association. “Individuals and organizations like these play an integral part in the overall health and prosperity of our industry.”

A special CalTravel Awards Dinner and Reception will be held during the California Travel Summit on June 24 at Universal Studios Hollywood, Globe Theatre. For more information about the conference please visit

About CalTravel
CalTravel is the unified voice for the California travel industry’s political concerns. By advocating directly to the state legislature, the Governor’s office, local and federal officials, businesses, and the public, CalTravel addresses issues that affect the state’s tourism industry. CalTravel also aggressively seeks to ensure continued funding for Visit California. For more information upcoming CalTravel networking opportunities and events, please visit


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