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“Faces of Tourism” Brings Visitor Industry To Life

ANAHEIM, Calif. (October 7, 2014) –The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) has launched Part II of its “Faces of Tourism”  video series. This tourism community series consists of five, short videos that feature the area’s engaging frontline staff and tourism industry pioneers. The video series shares real-life stories of individuals whose lives and lifestyles are personally touched by the success of tourism’s billion-dollar business in the Anaheim area.

Beginning October 7, 2014, the “Faces of Tourism” videos will be released on a weekly basis and posted on the AOCVCB's YouTube channel on the following dates:

October 7 - Kevin Kidney, Anaheim community organizer and Disney designer.

October 14 -Tom Allday, Anaheim Resort Transportation driver/trainer keeps it fun.

October 21 - Bruno Duarte, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen charismatic special events manager.

October 28 - Werner Escher, legendary South Coast Plaza marketing pioneer.

November 6 - Judy Hamrick, ARAMARK catering captain, has the heart and soul of hospitality.

The videos showcase the individuals’ distinctive hospitality style and their unique story of how the tourism industry has made a difference in their lives.

Kevin and his partner Jody are art designers and storytellers by trade, and have worked with Disneyland on iconic shows and parades. Kevin is involved with the Anaheim Historic Society, owns a historic Anaheim home, and is an active participant in Anaheim’s downtown renaissance and community events.

Tom Allday is driver-trainer for Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART). He came out of retirement to drive an ART shuttle and ended up loving this job and is now sharing his perspective of the driver’s role in making someone’s vacation unforgettable.

Bruno Duarte knows how to let the good times roll. It’s a bit of Mardi Gras every day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen with Bruno, as his charm and enthusiasm extend to all of his interactions with staff, guests and clients. He makes sure that every special event happens seamlessly and with the flair of a Broadway show.

Tourism industry icon Werner Escher is a born storyteller. He has shared South Coast Plaza’s story from the humble lima bean fields to international shopping  mecca with people throughout the world for the past four decades. His infectious charm and dedication have helped make this world-class destination shine.

Judy Hamrick is a leader with heart. She has been with ARMARK at the Anaheim Convention Center for more than 25 years, beginning as a server and working her way up to catering captain. She’s seen lots of changes during that time, and knows that some things don’t go out of style – great service, a winning attitude and going the extra mile.  

“The ‘Faces of Tourism’ video series tells the story of the people that make the visitor industry work. Through their personal stories we can see how tourism touches everyday lives,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Tourism doesn’t just happen, it takes dedicated people who know how to create fun and lasting memories. The tourism industry impacts our economy and community and creates thousands of jobs for residents and happy memories for millions of visitors. We’re all about creating community, if you build a great place to visit, then you create great place to live – these facts are inseparable.”