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Hotel Nikko VP/General Manager Anna Marie Presutti Installed as Chair of San Francisco Travel Association’s Board of Directors 2015/2016

The San Francisco Travel Association installed Anna Marie Presutti, vice president/general manager of Nikko Hotels International/Hotel Nikko San Francisco, as chair for the 2015/16 fiscal year at the organization’s 105th Annual Luncheon meeting today. More than 1,000 hospitality industry leaders attended the luncheon at Moscone West.

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The San Francisco Travel Association installed Anna Marie Presutti, vice president/general manager of Nikko Hotels International/Hotel Nikko San Francisco, as chair for the 2015/16 fiscal year at the organization’s 105th Annual Luncheon meeting today.  More than 1,000 hospitality industry leaders attended the luncheon at Moscone West.

Presutti succeeds 2014/2015 Chair Stephen Revetria, senior vice president of Giants Enterprises

The San Francisco Travel chair presides over the board of directors and the executive committee. Presutti will direct and guide policy at all meetings involving partners of San Francisco Travel, the executive committee and the board of directors.

“Anna Marie has been a tremendous partner for many years,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel. “She is a natural leader, a fact that was recently recognized by the Hotel Council of San Francisco who gave her the Peter Goldman Award of Excellence,” D’Alessandro added.

In opening remarks at the Annual Luncheon, D’Alessandro said, “We have enjoyed a year of tremendous achievement.  More people than ever are visiting our great city.  They’re coming from new and distant places, and they’re staying longer each time they visit.  The economic impact of this record visitation proves that tourism is the foundation of the San Francisco economy, and that our work together to promote our city is essential to its future.”

Entertainment was provided by Tony-nominated performer Jarrod Spector, currently appearing on Broadway in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.”   Spector originated the role of Barry Mann in the show’s world premiere at San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theater.  He is returning to the Bay Area this June to perform his acclaimed one-man show,” Jarrod Spector: A Little Help From My Friends,” at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.   

Mayor Edwin M. Lee addressed the assembly, commenting on tourism’s importance to the city’s economy and the upcoming developments and events that will make San Francisco even more attractive to visitors in the future.  

The John A. Marks Scholarship was presented to University of San Francisco State University student Fion Hu by Kevin Carroll, executive director, Hotel Council of San Francisco, and a member of the board of the Hotel and Restaurant Foundation which assists in the selection of the scholarship winner each year. The scholarship benefits local students enrolled in college and university hospitality management programs.  John Marks retired in 2006 after almost 19 years as president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (now San Francisco Travel).

The sixth annual Crystal Bridge Award, presented to acknowledge major convention customers that bring outstanding events with significant impact for San Francisco, was givento RSA Conference for being a consistent convention presence in San Francisco for 14 years.  Their annual gathering has grown every year, from the original 2,000 attendees to 33,000 in 2015. In accepting the award, Sandra Toms, vice president and curator of RSA Conference, said, “San Francisco is a vibrant city that offers world-class convention space at Moscone Center, great accommodations and proximity to some of the most innovative security companies and technologies in the city itself and in Silicon Valley. We’re proud to host RSA Conference in San Francisco and look forward to many more years here.”

Presutti presented the2015 Silver Cable Car Award to the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department, for their brave and selfless service as “first responders” to visitors and residents alike.  Since 1965, San Francisco Travel has presented the Silver Cable Car award to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry. Past recipients have included: Monique Moyer, executive director of the Port of San Francisco; author Armistead Maupin; the San Francisco Giants; the San Francisco Pride Celebration; Steve Silver, creator of “Beach Blanket Babylon” and United Airlines.

Citing their “brave and selfless service to visitors and residents alike,” Presutti said, “This year we honor a group of San Franciscans who serve all of us with distinction.  Their work is integral to the well-being of our city and to its continued appeal to travelers around the world.

“As the general manager of the Hotel Nikko, I have seen these men and women on the job almost every day.  And I know that I could never do my job without knowing they are ready to do theirs.

“They are San Francisco’s first responders.  Specifically, they are the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department.  Both departments have been protecting our city for more than 160 years.  In times of crisis, they have been—and always will be—here to keep us safe.  But it is their day-to-day presence that matters most.   People who visit San Francisco do so knowing that they can rely on these dedicated civil servants to help them with anything from getting accurate directions to guiding them through a genuine emergency. 

“I think I can speak for all my peers in the hotel community when I say that we treat visitors to our properties as if they were visitors in our own homes.  Their safety is always among our primary concerns.  We wouldn’t be able to make them feel at home without knowing the incredibly brave men and women of the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments were beside us.”

The San Francisco Travel Association’s 105th Annual Luncheon is sponsored by Alcatraz Cruises, Hornblower Cruises & Events and Webcor.   Platinum sponsors include American Express, Classic Party Rentals, Da Vinci Fusion, Inc., Freeman, Moscone Center/SMG, Savor Catering, Sonoma County Tourism and Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.  Gold sponsors include Big Bus Tours San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CityPASS, Global Gourmet Catering, Golden State Warriors, PIER 39, San Francisco Duty Free by DFS, San Francisco International Airport, The Presidio Trust, Wells Fargo Bank and  Where® Magazine San Francisco.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination.  With more than 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. 

In 2014, tourism reached record-breaking levels, generating in excess of $10.67 billion annually for the local economy and employing more than 87,005 people.  More than 18 million people visited San Francisco last year, spending more than $10.6 billion. 

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.  

San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel