Topeka Hotel Workers Honored For Excellence


Jennison Touts Topeka Riverfront Development

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The head of tourism efforts in the state says riverfront development could be a "game-changer" for Topeka.

Robin Jennison, Kansas Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, made the comments Tuesday at the Topeka Lodging Association's annual awards luncheon. Jennison said the hotel industry should get behind riverfront development efforts because it would draw people to the Capital City and put "heads on beds." He told the crowd of area hotel employees that, in turn, would provide them job security.

Jennison recounted taking a float trip down the Kansas River last September to celebrate the opening of a new access ramp at Belvue. He says it gave users a unique perspective of the river, its wildlife and vegetation and even its sandbars.

A smaller population and ease of travel from place to place are actually assets Kansas has that draw people to the area, Jennison said. He said developing Topeka's riverfront would add to those unique aspects.


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Topeka's hotel workers took a turn in the spotlight Tuesday.

The Topeka Lodging Association held its seventh annual awards luncheon at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Topeka.

Earning top honors from dozens of nominees were front desk clerk Brittany Ebert of Residence Inn; food and beverage attendant Michael McConnell of Ramada; Capitol Plaza sales associate Kelsey Kane; Christina Tibbetts, the front desk supervisor at Super 8 Forbes Landing; room attendant Josefina Perez of Senate Suites; Courtyard's night auditor Andrea Jackson; Imelda Gutierrez-Ramirez, an executive housekeeper at Clubhouse Inn; and, finally, outstanding maintenance technician David Scott of Courtyard.

The awards honor workers in the hotel industry for their excellence on the front lines of Topeka's tourism efforts.

13's Melissa Brunner and Ralph Hipp emeceed the awards program. Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Robin Jennison was the keynote speaker.

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