Door County recipients were honored with three awards during the Governor’s Tourism Awards Banquet at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 19, 2019.
Each year Wisconsin’s tourism industry honors five Governor’s Tourism Awards recipients at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism. This year, there were 45 nominees in five different categories. The event took place at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells.
The three Governor’s Tourism Awards that went to Door County recipients were the Service Excellence award, the Rising Star award, the Arts, Culture, & Heritage award.
Lars Johnson, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay won the Governor’s Tourism Service Excellence Award. This award is presented to a business that has achieved significant success and growth by providing exceptional service to their customers and a strong, charitable involvement in their community. Mickie Rasch, Door County North Community Coordinator, accepted the award from Governor Tony Evers on behalf of Lars Johnson and Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik.
Cambria Mueller, Marketing Manager for the Door County Visitor Bureau, won the Governor’s Tourism Rising Star Award. This award is presented to an individual who is new to the tourism industry, within the last five years, who has shown leadership, commitment and passion for Wisconsin’s tourism industry.
Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek won the Governor’s Tourism Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage. This award is presented to a business or organization that showcases the arts, culture or heritage for the enhancement of the tourism experience and economic well-being of a community. Catherine Hoke, executive director of the Peninsula School of Art, accepted the award from Governor Tony Evers.
The Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Awards are presented annually at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism and sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Tourism. The awards acknowledge leadership, commitment and innovation among the people and organizations that propel the tourism industry forward.