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‘Faces of Tourism’ Videos Highlight Tourism’s Impact on Local Community

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 7, 2014) – The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) has launched “Faces of Tourism” – a new video series consisting of five, three-minute videos featuring engaging and personable frontline staff and hospitality industry veterans. The video series reveals meaningful real-life stories of individuals, families and businesses whose lives, lifestyles and livelihood are personally touched by the success of tourism’s billion-dollar business. This video launch coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-11, 2014), a nationwide annual salute that recognizes the many benefits of tourism, led by U.S. Travel Association.

Beginning May 7, one “Faces of Tourism” video will be released each day through May 11 on AOCVCB's YouTube channel.

Video roll out schedule:

May 7 – Rose Gianquinto, The Catch Restaurant

May 8 – Steve Valkenburg, Disneyland Resort

May 9 – Lynda Santos, Healthy Junk

May 10 – Greg and Barbara Gerovac, Anaheim Brewery

May 11 – Rashika and Bharat Patel, Castle Inn & Suites

Each of the video personalities were chosen for their unique perspective and experience within the hospitality industry. Rose Gianquinto takes her role as the ambassador for the Catch Restaurant in Anaheim with as much heart and genuine affection as one can muster. Gianquinto proudly shares that “the reason guests return year after year is because I remember them and their families,” and of course, to get one of her famous hugs.

Steve Valkenburg is a quintessential Disneyland employee with authentic enthusiasm for the tourism industry and a love for people from all walks of life. “I set a goal for myself to create at least one magical, special moment for a guest every single day,” he says.

Lynda Santos puts love into the food that she creates at Healthy Junk in Downtown Anaheim. “I believe food is the connection. It’s all about the love.”

Greg and Barbara Gerovac of Anaheim Brewery have created a favorite local gathering spot with a welcoming spirit for one and all. As Barbara says, “everyone is in the club and it’s always happy hour.”

The Patels have been in the hospitality industry for three generations, weaving tourism into the very fabric of their family. “Tourism to me is all about the people,” says Bharat Patel. “Making their experiences here in Orange County as memorable as possible is what we do.”

Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, will present a two-minute “Faces of Tourism” promotional video at the Anaheim City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 6, and at the Orange County Visitors Association conference on Wednesday, May 7. “Faces of Tourism” posters will also be displayed at businesses throughout Orange County.

“The ‘Faces of Tourism’ video series gives us the opportunity to highlight how the tourism industry influences the everyday lives of those who make it successful,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Tourism impacts our economy and community and creates thousands of jobs for residents and joy for millions of visitors. If you have a great place to live, you have a great place to visit – these facts are inseparable.”

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) was established in 1984 to champion the power of travel through localized events. Nearly 10 million American workers are employed in tourism-related jobs in the United States.