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SMCVB VP of Marketing Kim Baker (from left), SMCVB Chair Jeff Jarow, Huntley Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Wilsonhoyles, Huntley General Manager Sohrab Sassounian, and Huntley Assistant General Manager Manju Raman.
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SMCVB VP of Marketing Kim Baker (from left), SMCVB Chair Jeff Jarow, Huntley Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Wilsonhoyles, Huntley General Manager Sohrab Sassounian, and Huntley Assistant General Manager Manju Raman.

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Huntley Santa Monica Employee Receives Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Award

Posted Aug. 29, 2012, 7:04 am

Mirror Staff

Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Wilsonhoyles has been awarded the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau's first recipient of the Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Award.

Originally from Liverpool, England, Wilsonhoyles has been an employee of Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel for 47 years.

Her favorite part of her job at Huntley is interacting with people from all over the world and learning from them.

She said one of her favorite activities in Santa Monica was walking through Palisades Park and enjoying the beautiful ocean view and a book from one of the benches in the park.

"I always try to ensure that when guests leave my desk, they are leaving with a smile on their faces," Wilsonhoyles said. "As a longtime friend and former coworker of Thelma Parks, this award is truly an honor."

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) created the Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Awards in memory of Thelma Parks, who was an integral part of the Santa Monica tourist experience serving as a SMCVB Travel Counselor for 23 loyal years.

These awards honor exceptional employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Award winners will be selected and honored quarterly, in partnership with Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, with one outstanding employee receiving the Thelma Parks Tourism Scholarship each May during the annual SMCVB Travel & Tourism Summit.

"Santa Monica is a proactive, successful, vibrant and desirable location in which to both live and work, and much of its success is credited to people like Elizabeth who deliver unforgettable experiences to visitors, their coworkers and residents each day", said Misti Kerns, President and CEO of SMCVB.

Nomination forms for the Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Award are distributed through the Official Santa Monica Visitors Guide and throughout the city at attractions, hotels, and restaurants.

Visitors can also nominate an employee who gave them an excellent experience online at www.santamonica.com/spiritaward.

Businesses who would like to distribute nomination forms to their customers should contact SMCVB at 310.319.6263.

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Aug. 29, 2012, 8:55:28 am

rhona said...

Way to go Mum!!!!

Sep. 1, 2012, 5:49:50 am

Adrienne Parks said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth, You know my mom would be so proud that you won the very first award in her name! Love to you! Adrienne

Sep. 2, 2012, 2:51:26 am

Beverly said...

Santa Monica was honored to have ms parks as an employee for so many years. my regret is that they did not recognize this during her life. so that she could make the awards in person in doing so both of the individuals would continue to be honored. so Santa Monica do it will they are alive

Sep. 2, 2012, 10:39:24 am

Pamela Blume said...

Congratulations Elizabeth My aunt Thelma Parks was an inspirational lady, and very loved by all her Australian cousins, neices and nephews Our Aunt Thelma loved Santa Monica as it reminded her of her home town of Brisbane. Congratulations on being the first recipent of this most special award. Kindest Regards Pamela Blume Australia

Sep. 3, 2012, 2:44:04 am

denise spence said...

Well done Auntie Betty love you loads xxx

Sep. 3, 2012, 3:31:49 am

Adrienne said...

Beverly, thank you! Better late than never, however. Wherever mom is, and I do think she is still huddled over Santa Monica, she is beaming with pride. She loved this beautiful city with all her heart.

Sep. 4, 2012, 12:52:19 am

Jean

What an honour, to be the very first recipient of such an award is truly wonderful, WELL DONE Sister, Mum

Sep. 4, 2012, 5:54:16 am

SYLVIA HOPWOOD said...

We are very proud of you Elizabeth but of course we always have been. Sending you a congratulatory hug! love Sylvia Robert and Andrew.

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