Denver’s $5 billion tourism industry will honor some of its top leaders and innovators at the 18th Annual Tourism Industry Hall of Fame dinner on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Being inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame are: president & CEO of the Denver Broncos, Joe Ellis; owner of The Fort restaurant and historian Holly Arnold Kinney; and former Colorado Governor Roy Romer.
A special posthumous award will be presented to one of the most famous figures of the America West, a man who did much to make Denver and Colorado popular tourism destinations – the legendary frontier scout and showman, Buffalo Bill Cody.
The Tourism Hall of Fame serves as the highest award for Denver’s travel industry – which registered its best year ever in 2015 with 16.4 million overnight visitors, generating more than $5 billion in spending. The industry supports more than 54,000 jobs in the metro area.
The gala is a fund-raising event for the VISIT DENVER Foundation, which has awarded more than $842,000 in scholarships to 310 Colorado students pursuing higher education in the fields of tourism and hospitality.