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San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau presents Silver Cable Car Award to San Francisco hotel door staff

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau will present the Silver Cable Car Award to San Francisco hotel door staff at its 98th Annual Luncheon Meeting at Moscone South in San Francisco.

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The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) will present the Silver Cable Car Award to San Francisco hotel door staff at its 98th Annual Luncheon Meeting, today, at 11 a.m. at Moscone South in San Francisco.

The award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry. The theme for this year’s luncheon, “Opening Doors,” will honor San Francisco’s hotel door staff for their significant contribution to the City’s visitor industry. San Francisco’s door staff are the first to welcome visitors and offer assistance and guidance about San Francisco’s attractions, entertainment and restaurants. Their actions influence visitors’ perceptions of the City, and ensure memorable stays, ultimately helping to fuel the economy.

“As the face of the hospitality industry, these champions of the City work on the front lines to further the SFCVB’s vision of being the most compelling destination in the world,” said Joe D’Alessandro, SFCVB president and CEO. “The service they provide, and their remarkable knowledge of San Francisco, help to ensure memorable stays and repeat visits to San Francisco.”

“I just took [this job] for a summer job and here I am 31 years later, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Tom Sweeney, doorman for the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. “You can’t walk away from this job. There’s something about it; you just can’t quit. I’ll be here for another five years, I’d say. And then I’ll take it one door at a time.”

The SFCVB will recognize 27 San Francisco hotel doormen at today’s luncheon. For those unable to attend the luncheon, the SFCVB will present San Francisco hotels with door staff with Silver Cable Car lapel pins for each of their front line employees.

Previous honorees of the Silver Cable Car award include Herb Caen, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle; Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants; Jackson K. Hu, one of the impresarios behind the Chinese New Year parade and festival; Ruth Asawa, noted Japanese American artist; U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein; the San Francisco 49ers; proponents of “Save the Cable Cars” campaigns in both 1965 and 1984, and Steve Silver of Beach Blanket Babylon fame among others.

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